How to Substitute Taco Sauce for Enchilada Sauce

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Top homemade enchiladas with taco sauce.
Top homemade enchiladas with taco sauce. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you only have taco sauce on hand, don't let that stop you from making enchiladas. Enchiladas are traditionally topped with a spicy red sauce consisting of tomato sauce, flour, chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. Taco sauce is also red and spicy, but it can be made with a combination of fire-roasted tomatoes, chilies, adobo sauce, garlic and oregano. Don't be afraid to top your enchiladas with taco sauce as a creative twist.

Things You'll Need

  • (10) 6-inch flour or corn tortillas
  • Enchilada filling, such as shredded chicken or cheese
  • 13-by-9-inch baking dish
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade or bottled taco sauce
  • 1 or 2 cups of shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese

Fill 10 6-inch corn or flour tortillas with your favorite enchilada ingredients, such as shredded beef or chicken, seafood or cheddar cheese. Roll the tortillas tightly and place them seam-side-down in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour 1 1/2 cups of homemade or bottled taco sauce evenly over the enchiladas. Sprinkle the tops of the enchiladas with one or two cups of shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese.

Place the enchiladas on the oven's center rack and bake them for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly. Serve immediately.

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