Despite the fact that I have a recipe for crazy good slow cooker Shredded Beef Enchiladas with Red Enchilada Sauce, I wanted to develop an Easy Red Enchilada Sauce that I could throw together fast. I love myself when I plan ahead and am able to do the slow cooker thing, but I will make a truthful confession that most of the time I don’t start thinking about dinner until I get hungry.
When my kids were growing up I was much more organized. I would always make out a menu for 2-3 weeks ahead and post it on the fridge. There was seldom any last minute pondering in front of the open refrigerator or freezer. My dinner menus were the only orderly, sane part of my life. Everything else was complete and utter chaos. You know what, though? I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
A big part of my dinner successes were due to the fact that I kept many staples on hand. I relied heavily on items that I canned, froze, or dried each summer. Throughout the year, I would sometimes make “big batch” items such as chili or spaghetti sauce that I could freeze for use on busy days. I’ve always preferred my own homemade spaghetti sauce to that of store-bought spaghetti sauce and now I’ve come to prefer this homemade Easy Red Enchilada Sauce instead of a store-bought variety. The recipe makes about 6 cups of sauce–use some now and freeze some for later. 🙂