With the exception of this past warm weekend– a farewell gift from summer as it left– my mind has been drifting towards cool-weather comfort food. You know, those meals that you can settle in to and cozy up with in the evening. I’m ready for less running about, more family meals at the table, and that smell that you greets you at the door and permeates the house– when you know something delicious awaits you for dinner. Yes, I’m ready for fall food. I’m ready to eat hot soups and sip hot drinks. I’m ready to braise things again.
Enchiladas may seem like an odd place to start, but for me, it’s a perfect seasonal-transition meal. It’s warm, substantial, and very much a comfort food. I intended to share this really quick enchilada sauce with you last year, but didn’t get to it. If you’re a regular reader here, you know that I’m a big proponent of making homemade sauces. It takes just a little extra effort, and the results are almost always worth it. They taste so much fresher than store-bought jars, and I like having control over exactly what goes into them. This homemade enchilada sauce is no exception. It tastes delicious and comes together in a matter of minutes. This is a quick enchilada sauce, made from already ground spices, which works well for weeknight meals. I have a fantastic recipe coming up later in the week for you that uses this sauce. It’s a perfect meal for those crisp, autumn nights. Be well, everyone.
The Recipe: Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce
(makes 3 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup diced onion
3 1/2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 bay leaf
15 ounces organic tomato sauce (plain)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 dried bay leaf
kosher salt, to taste
In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft. Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaf and blend ingredients together with an immersion or regular blender. Season with more kosher salt, if necessary. At this point, the sauce is ready to use. Refrigerate it to use later in the week, or freeze for another time. Enjoy!
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