Homemade Enchilada Sauce for Turkey Enchiladas

Just in time for Thanksgiving here in the US. I roasted a turkey on Sunday, sort of a pre-holiday feast since I won’t be hosting turkey day this year. Nothing fancy about the roasting I did–just an herbed butter rubbed all over. Made some broth from the carcass yesterday, of course, and will make some turkey soup in the next day or so. But tonight I made turkey enchiladas, a family tradition. The only problem was that when I grabbed the can of enchilada sauce from the pantry, I saw that I’d accidentally bought “hot.” My kids don’t do “hot” so I was at a momentary quandary: Should I try it anyway? Or should I freeze the diced turkey and wait till I could get to the store? Then I remembered seeing a recipe for enchilada sauce in Not Just Beans: 50 Years of Frugal Family Favorites. I monkeyed with it just a bit, being partial to a bit more garlic flavor and a bit worried about the spiciness.

Enchilada Sauce

Make your own enchilada sauce with tomato sauce, oregano, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and onion powder.

  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder (or less to taste)
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder (more to taste if you like)
  • 1 tsp onion powder (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp or less salt (I used a bit less)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  1. Mix it all up and heat.

Put a bit of sauce in a baking dish. Dip corn tortillas in the sauce to soften them, lay some diced turkey and grated cheddar cheese on them, roll them up, and lay in the baking dish. Cover with the rest of the sauce and some extra grated cheese. Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or so.



  1. […] When you’re tired of turkey hash and turkey soup and turkey sandwiches, make these turkey enchiladas!  Totally not “leftovers” but just a great Mexican-oriented meal.  I made half green sauce and half red sauce enchiladas. The green sauce was store-bought, the red sauce was this enchilada sauce recipe. […]

  2. […] I found them lacking something, although my children enjoyed them. I think it was onions I was missing. But if I’d added them that might have meant the children did not like them, as they’re not big fans.  So if you’re looking for a mild chicken enchilada type recipe, you might like this.  Personally, I liked these green enchiladas with the store-bought sauce better so I need to experiment a bit to find a good green sauce. I already have found a good red enchilada sauce recipe. […]


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