Smoky Chipotle Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada sauce in a bowl with a spoon
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This homemade enchilada sauce is easy to make and packed with flavor! Perfectly spiced with smoky adobo sauce, chipotle peppers, cumin, and oregano, then simmered with brown sugar and sherry. Double the recipe and freeze some for later!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup sherry
  • 1 chipotle chili, diced + 2 tsps adobo sauce (I used canned chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth


Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat.

Add the onion, garlic, brown sugar, cumin, and oregano. Saute until the onion is soft, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the sherry, chipotle chili, adobo sauce, tomatoes, and vegetable broth.

Simmer for about 20 minutes, until thickened to a stew consistency.

Keywords: homemade enchilada sauce, red enchilada sauce