Ash’s Sweet and Spicy Enchilada Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min


1-1/4 cups

Updated: Oct. 15, 2023
This enchilada sauce recipe is both sweet and spicy—just as the name implies. Spoon it over enchiladas, burritos and spicy casseroles. —Lauren Ash, Van Nuys, California
Ash's Sweet and Spicy Enchilada Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-3/4 cups vegetable broth


  1. In a saucepan; heat oil over medium heat. Whisk in flour until blended. Add chili powder, brown sugar and remaining spices; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Gradually whisk in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 53 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 424mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.