DIY: Make your Own Dry Enchilada Sauce Mix!

| 8/31/2012 12:49:17 PM

I enjoy being creative and I also like the idea of being able to control what goes into my family’s food. Case in point: Last night I planned to make Beef and Rice Enchiladas (I’ll post the recipe and instructions in another post…stay tuned!). However, I was out of the dry enchilada mix I usually use, and so was the grocery store. So, I turned to my friend the internet and found a recipe I had all the ingredients for and that looked pretty good.

Ingredients for making enchilada mix
The original recipe had a few things I didn’t like (too much salt, for example…) and so I changed it to my liking. Here is the resulting recipe: 

3– 4 teaspoons black pepper
3 teaspoons dried oregano
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon onion powder
¼ cup garlic powder 
¼ cup chicken bouillon granules 
¼ cup beef bouillon granules 
1/3 cup cumin
1 cup chili powder
½ teaspoon dried chipotle pepper (opt)
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (opt) 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl or container with a tight-fitting lid. I re-purposed (my favorite thing to do!) a plastic salsa container, which worked fabulously for mixing AND storing! Bonus! This is what mine looked like before mixing:
  Enchilada Mix in container before mixing 

And after:
Enchilada mix after it has been mixed
It smells wonderful! To use as an enchilada sauce, add about 1/3 cup mix to 2 cups liquid, such as water, tomato juice, or a combination of water and tomato sauce. You can adjust the amount of mix to suit your taste. This mix can be used in a wide variety of foods such as chili and tacos.  

Do you have some homemade dry mixes that you use for your family? What has worked for you? I’d love to hear more, even try them out! Enjoy!

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