Authentic Tex-Mex Chili Gravy

Chili gravy is uniquely Tex-Mex and is what makes the simple Cheese Enchiladas so special. It is a mash-up between the American flour-based gravies and the more vibrant Mexican red chile enchilada sauce. The earthy flavors of cumin and chili powder creates a sauce with surprising depth and versatility. Give it a try to give your next enchilada dinner an authentic Tex-Mex spin.

Tex-Mex Chili Gravy (Enchilada Sauce)

This sauce is quick and easy to make. This flavorful sauce will give your enchiladas a true Tex-Mex flavor.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American Southwest, North American, Tex-Mex
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • large saucepan


  • ¼ cup Vegetable oil (Sub: canola oil or butter)
  • ¼ cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Each: garlic and onion powders
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano (Sub: any kind)
  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 2 cups Chicken broth (Sub: beef or vegetable broth)


  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. When heated, make a roux by adding flour and stirring for 2 minutes.
    ¼ cup Vegetable oil (Sub: canola oil or butter), ¼ cup Flour
  • Add spices and stir to get a thick paste. Add tomato paste and broth and stir to combine thoroughly. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook sauce, stirring often, until it thickens slightly, a few minutes.
    1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp Black pepper, 1 tbsp Chili powder, 2 tsp Ground cumin, 1 tsp Each: garlic and onion powders, 1 tsp Mexican oregano (Sub: any kind), 1 tbsp Tomato paste, 2 cups Chicken broth (Sub: beef or vegetable broth)


  • Chili sauce can be refrigerated for a week or two, and frozen for several months.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 1367mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1339IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg

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