I love to make up my own convenience foods! I know what is in them so they are much healthier. They are simple to just grab off my shelf (instead of going to a store for a specialty can of ‘whatever’) and to have on hand when there is no ‘run to the store’ option. And they are super easy to make up!
Enchilada Sauce is one of those insanely SIMPLE ones I can whip up and have canned up a batch in under an hour! Excellent for stocking the pantry with staples for easy meals. Easy meals are a blessing for busy days, true, but when the SHTF they will help cut stress while still providing great meals!
So, pull out a nice big 7 quart or larger pot (or 2, I like to double this one!) and a wooden spoon. Prep all your canning equipment so it is ready to go (canner, rings, jars, lids, jar lifter, etc.) and then gather up the ingredients you’ll need for this ever so easy recipe!
- #10 can of tomato sauce from Costco (or 7 quart of home canned sauce)
- a little olive oil (TB or so)
- 1 large onion chopped finely (or a handful or 2 of freeze dried onions- no mess – no tears– LOVE these!)
- 1 cup of organic corn flour,
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- 1/2 cup of taco seasoning mix (see my recipe for this below)
- a little sea salt and pepper to taste, if you’d like
Pour your olive oil into your pot, bring to medium heat and toss in your onions. Saute until translucent. Toss in the remainder of your ingredients, stir, let simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes or so while you get the rest of your canning prep together, get your water heating, etc.
Once you’ve got everything ready and your sauce is nice and hot, ladle it into pint or quart jars. I do quarts at 20 minutes in my water bath canner.
That’s all folks. Simple. Makes making homemade enchiladas quick and easy, not to mention it makes a great soup base, too! I set my hot canned jars on a towel, let them cool and listen for that familiar *PING* of the lids sealing. After I leave them undisturbed for about 24 hours, they are ready for the pantry shelves!Recipes for enchilada sauce & taco seasoning! Ole! Click To Tweet
If you want to make up your own homemade taco seasoning, here is that recipe I promised:
- 1/2 cup Chili Powder
- 1/4 cup Onion Powder
- 1/8 cup Cumin
- 1 TB Garlic Powder
- 1 TB Paprika
- 1 TB Sea Salt (to learn more about how sea salt and table salt differ, read this)
If you’re really adventurous you could add in a teaspoon (or more!) of Cayenne!
Put your lid on, shake it up, and it’s ready! This is so much cheaper and healthier than those packets you can buy in the store! Not to mention it makes another great pantry staple to have on hand!
2 TB = 1 store packet
Stocking your pantry from scratch is simple…and a labor of love.