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The Best Enchiladas Recipe (Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce)

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These Enchiladas with homemade red enchilada sauce is the last recipe of its kind that you will need to look for.

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These Enchiladas with homemade red enchilada sauce is the last recipe of its kind that you will need to look for. 

This Red Enchiladas Recipe is delicious - from the flavorful and smoky red enchilada sauce, to the creamy chicken filling, you won't need to look for another recipe after you try this one!

There is nothing better than making delicious food with totally fresh ingredients, which is a common characteristic of authentic Mexican cuisine. Ever since I shared my recipe for enchiladas verdes here on my site, people have been asking me to share my enchiladas rojas (red enchiladas) recipe.

Today, I am going to do just that. Keep reading to find out how how to make these delicious enchiladas with a homemade, creamy, and delicious red enchilada sauce.

The key to what makes this recipe great is the homemade red enchilada sauce. It is made with dry chilies, that you can find online or in the Hispanic section at your local grocery store.

To add the perfect amount of creaminess, this enchilada sauce includes a touch of heavy whipping cream. You can find pre-made red enchilada sauce in most store in many different varieties, but there is nothing like this homemade version. One bite, and you will believe me!

These Enchiladas with homemade red enchilada sauce is the last recipe of its kind that you will need to look for. 

These Enchiladas with homemade red enchilada sauce is the last recipe of its kind that you will need to look for. 

Red Enchilada Recipe

For this recipe you will need 2 ancho chilies, and 3 Anaheim or guajillo chilies. They will need to be de-seeded and boiled. If you need a refresher on how to do that, check it out on my barbacoa tacos recipe.

You will also need 4 fresh tomatoes, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1/4 onion, all lightly charred. Finally, you will also need 2 tablespoons of sour cream (separate from the heavy whipping cream). You will blend all of the ingredients together, before straining out any leftover seeds and heating it up before adding to the the enchiladas.

These Enchiladas with homemade red enchilada sauce is the last recipe of its kind that you will need to look for. 

These Enchiladas with homemade red enchilada sauce is the last recipe of its kind that you will need to look for. 

The chicken filling is almost as important as the sauce in making sure that these red enchiladas are the best ever. This recipe reminds me of growing up in Mexico when my mom would always make this easy recipe on the weekends so that we had more time to do family activities.

I remember how my mom always used to teach me how to season the sauce and the chicken filling while we spent time together talking and having fun.

These Enchiladas with homemade red enchilada sauce is the last recipe of its kind that you will need to look for. 

These Enchiladas with homemade red enchilada sauce is the last recipe of its kind that you will need to look for. 

These delicious red enchiladas go great with freshly chopped lettuce and radishes, and topped with queso fresco – or any other cheese that you want. My husband uses mozzarella, because he is not a big fan of queso fresco.

Another great thing about these enchiladas is that they don’t have to be baked, but they can be! We have tried them both way, and both are delicious!

How did they turn out for you?

If you loved this recipe, check out these other delicious meals:

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  • Homemade Enchiladas Verdes
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    The Best Red Enchilada Recipe

    Once you try this red enchilada sauce, you will never need to buy store-bought again!
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Total Time30 mins
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: enchiladas, mexican recipe
    Servings: 14 enchiladas
    Calories: 180kcal

    Ingredients

    For the Red Enchilada Sauce

    • 2 Ancho Chilies dried, de-seeded and boiled.
    • 3 dried Guajillo or Anaheim Pepper de-seeded and boiled.
    • 4 Fresh tomatoes lightly grilled
    • 2 cloves of garlic lightly grilled
    • 1/4 onion lightly grilled
    • 3 Tablespoons of sour cream
    • 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream

    For the Chicken Filling

    • 1 Chicken Breast cooked and shredded
    • 4 Ounces of Cream Cheese
    • 1/4 red onion chopped
    • Cilantro
    • Salt and Pepper to Taste

    Accompaniments

    • 14 Tortillas

    Instructions

    For the Red Enchilada Sauce

    • Combine all of the ingredients for the sauce except for the heavy whipping cream, and blend until smooth.
    • Strain out any seeds and add to a skillet, bringing to a slight boil.
    • Add the heavy whipping cream, and let boil for 5 additional minutes. Reduce heat to low.

    For the Chicken Filling

    • In a hot skillet, add a small amount of olive oil and then add the shredded chicken, the onion, and the cilantro.
    • After about 5 minutes, add the cream cheese, and stir in with the chicken until well incorporated.
    • Season with salt and pepper and let cook for an additional five minutes.

    To Make the Enchiladas

    • Lightly fry the corn tortillas in oil and pay dry.
    • Dip each tortilla in the red enchilada sauce, covering both sides completely.
    • Fill each tortilla with some of the chicken filling, and some cheese if desired.
    • At this point you can add them to a baking dish, top with mozzarella cheese and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
    • If you do not want to bake them, just put them on a plate, top with lettuce, cheese, and radish and serve immediately.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1enchiladas | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1865IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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Lauren

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Can you use all guajillo Chillis or is the depth of flavor better from some ancho and some guajillo? Thanks!!

Michael Leonard

Thursday 9th of April 2020

What about the bitterness in the sauce. I added a little semisweet chocolate to try to mellow it out but it’s noticeably bitter. Everything I’ve searched said the sauce should have a bitterness. Just seeing if you’ve noticed the same thing.

Leah

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

Very disappointed saucecwascway to watery... Maybe wrong kind of tomatoes?

Monday 9th of September 2019

I’m most certain the original instructions say boil the chili’s (you may boil chili’s together) and GRILL the garlic, tomato’s and onion. Then when those steps are complete, you combine the ingredients together and cook with remaining ingredients.

This recipe sounds amazing, I will definitely add it to my cookbook & try soon!! Thank you!

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

Maybe I'm overlooking when the sour cream is added. Also, when boiling the peppers and bits, you referred to the barbacoa recipe for instructions. I was unsure where to stop that recipe and pick back up with this one. Do you follow through the vinegar and stock, or stop at boiling and straining. Thanks.

Laura

Sunday 14th of July 2019

I was wondering the same thing and unfortunately she hasn’t responded yet :( Not sure if you boil the chilies by themselves or with the garlic, tomato and onion for this recipe.

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