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Cinnamon Chipotle Enchilada Sauce

Cinnamon Chipotle Enchilada Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #enchilada #sauce #recipe #homemade

If you’re concerned with all the ingredients or the BPA lining on your canned enchilada sauce, I want to tell you it’s really quite easy to make your own homemade enchilada sauce. If you don’t have powdered chipotles, use the jarred kind, adding to taste.

For some reason, one of the first things my daughter asked me to make when we got home from our vacation is enchiladas. I don’t often get an opportunity to cook something creative for my kids, so I told her I would … but I wasn’t sure I could get it all done in one evening. She didn’t mind … she just had Ramen the first night while I was prepping the sauce and chicken, and then we had enchiladas together for dinner the next night. Sometimes you gotta do things in steps.

I tweaked my last enchilada sauce recipe, trying to make it both easier to make and more delicious and I think I scored on both accounts. The sauce is wonderful all on its own, without any enchiladas. You could use it for pizza sauce or as a base for a soup … or, of course, a fabulous sauce to top your enchiladas. Mexican lasagna would be marvelous with this sauce too.

Chipotle Enchilada Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: About 1 quart of sauce

Chipotle Enchilada Sauce


  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 - 5 cloves of garlic, peeled & chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 cup chopped sweet pepper
  • 1 small chunk of dark, bittersweet chocolate (about 1/2 oz.)
  • 3 cups canned tomatoes, blended, with juices (measured after blending)
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a saucepan and add the garlic, onion and bell pepper. Saute until the onion is translucent and tender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 - 30 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool for a bit, then blend in a blender (or with an immersion blender) until smooth. Use for enchiladas, Mexican style casseroles or pizza sauce.


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Cinnamon Chipotle Enchilada Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #enchilada #sauce #recipe #homemade

This recipe was shared at What to Do Weekends, Munching Monday, Tuesday’s Table.

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5 Responses

  1. Oh, sounds really interesting. I have no idea about how to make enchiladas but I do know something that this might work well with.

    August 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    • Ann

      What are you thinking of, Suki? I’m curious to hear of other uses for this sauce … I will be posting my recipe for enchiladas soon too, so then you’ll know the mystery of enchilada making 🙂

      August 1, 2014 at 9:06 pm

  2. What are the cooking instructions for the Chipotle Enchilada sauce?

    August 1, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    • Ann

      Oh I am SO sorry … I was in a rush to post this recipe before rushing off to work and didn’t even notice I hadn’t written up the instructions … what a DORK I am! I just updated the post with the instructions.

      August 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm

  3. This looks wonderful, Ann! I definitely need to try this.

    August 10, 2014 at 12:58 am