Whether you prefer to make enchilada sauce from scratch or you like the convenience of canned enchilada sauce, there is so many ways it can be used to make a delicious dinner. I’m sharing over 15 ways to use enchilada sauce – enchilada recipes, casseroles, soup…even macaroni and cheese! You’re sure to find something to make for dinner tonight.
Last week, we did a complete cleaning of our pantry. It has become a huge mess and it had gotten to a place where finding the rice almost took longer than cooking it. With the help of our 16-year-old, everything was pulled out - every last can, box, bag, and container. With everything grouped and sorted among our kitchen floor and counters, I realized we had not just 1 or 2 cans of enchilada sauce, not even 5 cans. But, we had 10 big cans of enchilada sauce. TEN.
While I do a bit of stocking up during sales, ten cans of enchilada sauce is a bit much, even for us. I suspect the reason I have so much is that when I need enchilada sauce for a recipe, I’m never really sure how much I will end up using, so I buy two cans. Then, I use only one can and the other goes into that mess of a pantry. Next time I buy enchilada sauce, I buy another 2 cans and the cycle repeats itself again and again.
Putting my enchilada sauce to use shouldn’t be a problem — while I love lots of different Mexican food dishes, one of my top favorites has always been enchiladas. It doesn’t matter if it’s red sauce, green sauce, creamy style, chicken, cheese, beef…I’m a fan of all of them and more.
Beyond enchiladas, there is even more ways to use enchilada sauce – casseroles, soups, even macaroni and cheese. I’ve pulled together over 15 recipes that use enchilada sauce in some way. These recipes can use homemade enchilada sauce or canned sauce and while I’ve included some enchilada recipes, I’m also sharing recipes that aren’t enchiladas. Check out the recipes I’m sharing — be sure to click on the images or recipe titles to visit these pages — not only will you get the recipe to these dishes, but there is lots of other great stuff on these blogs.
Chicken Tamale Casserole by Taste and Tell Blog
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas by Tried and Tasty
Southwestern Opa Ranch Casserole by Yummy Healthy Easy
Cheese and Onion Enchiladas by The View From Great Island
Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pulled Pork by Yummy Healthy Easy
Beef Enchilada Mac and Cheese by Shugary Sweets
Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Enchiladas by Farm Fresh Feasts
Mexican Lasagna by Fannetastic Food
Vegetarian Wet Burritos by Shockingly Delicious
Enchilada Beef Rollups by Enchilada Beef Roll Ups
Chicken Enchilada Soup by Karens Kitchen Stories
Chicken, Corn, and Bell Pepper Enchiladas by An Edible Mosaic
Baked Mexican Eggrolls with Enchilada Guacamole by Taste and Tell Blog
Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas by Tried and Tasty
Confetti Turkey Enchiladas with Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce by Farm Fresh Feasts
Black Bean and Sausage Enchiladas by Home Cooking Memories
Now that I’ve given you some great ways to use enchilada sauce, how about some homemade enchilada sauce recipes? Check out this post for links to 5 amazing recipes to make enchilada sauce from scratch: