Enchiladas with Awesome Red Sauce – the name says it all! The enchiladas start with a spicy meat mixture wrapped in a tortilla shell. Then, they’re topped with an incredible red sauce, onions and cheese, and baked to bubbling perfection.
Making the Awesome Red Sauce:
I used the following ingredients for the red sauce: Butter, garlic, all-purpose flour, chicken broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, dried sage, and ground cumin.
I started by cooking minced garlic in melted butter in a saucepan over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Then, I whisked in the flour to form a roux. After about a minute, I added the chicken broth and tomato sauce, and whisked the mixture to combine everything. Then, I added the chili powder, sage, and cumin, and cooked the sauce over medium heat until it had thickened and was smooth. How easy is that? Once you taste this red sauce, you’ll never go back to the canned stuff!
Making the Meat Mixture:
I used the following ingredients for the meat mixture: Ground turkey, onion, garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, dried sage, salt, all-purpose flour, and petit diced tomatoes. I could have used ground beef as well. Generally, I use flour tortillas, but could have used corn tortillas as well.
I started by browning the ground turkey in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, I poured it in a colander and ran hot water over it to remove as much grease as possible. While the meat was draining, I sautéed the onion in the same skillet for about 5 minutes. Then, I returned the browned meat to the skillet, and stirred to combine the onion and meat. Next, I added the minced garlic, and cooked the mixture for about 30 seconds until the garlic was fragrant. After that, I added the chili powder, ground cumin, sage, and salt. Then, I added the flour, and stirred to combine everything. Next, I added the tomatoes, and stirred the mixture over medium heat until it had thickened. I actually thought that it was too thick, so I added about ⅓ cup of water. I covered the skillet and simmered the meat mixture for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, I removed the lid, and continued cooking the meat mixture until most of the liquid had evaporated. This took 10 more minutes.
Putting the Enchiladas Together:
I only made enough enchiladas for the Master Taste Tester and me. First, I added some of the red sauce to the bottom of a baking dish. Then, I added about ¼ cup of the meat mixture to a 6-inch tortilla. I rolled up the tortilla and placed its seam-side down in the baking dish. After I had rolled five enchiladas, I topped them with some more red sauce and chopped onions.
I covered the enchiladas, and popped them into a preheated 350° F oven for about 20 minutes. At this point, I removed the cover, and sprinkled cheese on the top. I used a combination of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese. I returned the enchiladas to the oven for another 10 minutes or so until the cheese had melted and the enchiladas were bubbly.
Before serving the enchiladas, I topped them with some sour cream, and sprinkled on sliced olives and chives. I served them with Smashed Black Beans, and a salad. They were absolutely delicious. Yum!
Enchiladas with Awesome Red Sauce
Awesome Red Sauce
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 16 ounces (2 8-ounce cans) tomato sauce
- 2 cups (16 ounces) low sodium chicken broth
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons dried sage
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 pound lean 93% ground turkey
- 1 large onion chopped about 2 cups
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
- 14.5 ounce can petit diced tomatoes, undrained
- ⅓ cup water
- 12 6-inch flour or corn tortillas
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, or Colby-Monterery Jack Cheese
- ½ cup sour cream optional
- ¼ cup sliced ripe olives optional
- 2 Tablespoons chives chopped (optional)
- Red Sauce: Cook minced garlic in melted butter over medium heat for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Whisk in flour; cook, stirring constantly 1 minute. Gradually add tomato sauce, and chicken broth. Stir to combine. Add chili powder, sage, and cumin. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth and thickened. If too thick, add additional chicken broth to desired consistency. Yield: 4 cups.
- Meat Mixture: Brown ground turkey in large skillet over medium heat. Transfer to colander; rinse with hot water to remove as much grease as possible; drain well.
- Sauté onion in same skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Return browned turkey to pan, rubbing between hands to break up. Stir to combine. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add chili powder, cumin, sage, and salt. Stir to combine. Add flour; stir to combine. Add tomatoes; stir to combine. Cook until mixture has thickened. If too thick add about ⅓ cup water. Cover and simmer over medium low heat for 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
- Forming Enchiladas: Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour 1-½ cups of red sauce into 9x13x2-inch baking dish; set aside.
- Microwave tortillas for 10 to 15 seconds to soften.
- Working one at a time, add ¼ cup of meat mixture to center of tortilla. Roll tightly and place, seam side down into prepared dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
- Pour 1-½ cups of red sauce over enchiladas. Sprinkle on chopped onions.
- Cover and bake at 350° F for 20 minutes, or until bubbly.
- Uncover and sprinkle with cheese; bake uncovered for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- Garnish with sour cream, sliced olives, and chopped chives.
- Yield: 6 servings.
These look delicious and I dearly love enchilada’s. I will definitely give this recipe a try. Do you by any chance remember a Mexican restaurant called Della’s? It was across from where Martine’s used to be, you may not remember that restaurant either. Della’s Mexican restaurant used to be mine and my husbands favorite place to eat before we moved to Miami ( that was about 47 years ago) and we have never found another Mexican restaurant that we liked either. Della’s was out Cervantes St, just beyond the Brownsville area over the VI dock to the right. I don’t know why your recipe reminded me of Della’s but it did. Probably because I always ordered their enchilada’s and they were amazing. Looking forward to trying your recipe.
I do remember Della’s. It was amazing!