Here’s a simple recipe that takes minutes to fix and blows all those prepackaged sauces out of the water. I primarily use it for my Veggie Black Bean Enchiladas , but you can substitute it for any recipe calling for enchilada sauce. You will love its smooth taste as it accentuates any classic Mexican dish with ease.
For 2 cups of sauce you will need:
- 3 Tb Olive Oil
- 3 Tb Flour
- 2 Tb Tomato Paste
- 2 c. Vegetable Broth
- 1 Tb Ground Chili Powder
- 1 ts. Ground Cumin
- 1/2 ts. Garlic Powder
- 1/4 ts. Oregano
- 1/4 ts. Salt
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- 1 ts. Apple Cider Vinegar
- Black Pepper
Measure your dry ingredients into a small bowl and set it aside. Also, in a medium bowl, measure your tomato paste and broth and set aside.
In a medium pot over medium heat, warm the oil until the flour sizzles. You don’t need much, just enough to see if it’s hot enough before you add the rest of the dry ingredients. Once the oil is hot enough, pour in the flour and spice mixture. Whisk constantly and cook for around 1 minute.
Add in the tomato paste and broth slowly, whisking as you go. Raise the heat to medium-high until you reach a simmer. Reduce heat as necessary until you reach a soft simmer. Whisk often for around 5-7 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
Remove from heat, then add the apple cider vinegar. Season with as much black pepper as you like and just like that it’s ready to use!
Apple Cider Vinegar
When I use apple cider vinegar in a recipe there is only one option to use in my mind. Bragg’s. Bragg’s organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “mother” is absolutely, in my opinion, the best. From weight loss, reduced cholesterol, improved symptoms of diabetes and lower blood sugar levels, there seems to be no end to its natural health benefits. It also improves overall heart health and has protective qualities against cancer.
If you’re wondering what in the world “mother” is, it’s basically strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria which you will notice by its murky appearance. High quality apple cider vinegar contains some amino acids and antioxidants. It’s also used as a cleaning product for households because of it’s ability to kill many pathogens and harmful bacteria. Simply put, it’s healthy! I like to add a bit along with some honey to my tea. There’s just no comparison to Bragg’s.
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