Enchilada Red Chile Sauce Starter is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite enchilada recipe. Bold chiles and savory spices give this sauce its rich flavor and bright red color. Add water, let the sauce starter marinate and rehydrate, and then serve it over chicken or vegetarian-style enchiladas with cheese and beans as a side dish for a delicious authentic tasting meal.

The first written record that we have archived of an enchilada-like dish was made by Spanish Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo in 1519. Although the tortilla is an ancient food that had been eaten by the Maya and Aztec peoples for thousands of years prior, in his account, Bernal Diaz del Castillo described an Aztec dish in which tortillas were topped with eggs, chiles, and sauce. This dish was called “chillapizzali” in Nahuatl, emphasizing the importance of the chile pepper as the signature ingredient in this dish along with beans, meats, and, of course, maize or corn.

As Spanish colonial rulers expanded their sphere of influence throughout Mexico, the enchilada dish began to morph and change as they incorporated local flavors into their own cuisines. About 300 years later, when the newly founded United States annexed Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico, enchiladas found their way into American cuisine. Today, they are a staple of Tex-Mex cuisine and a favorite of many households worldwide. Curious Spoon’s Enchilada Red Chile Sauce Starter adds a pop of color and savory, bold, and slightly spicy flavor to your favorite enchilada recipe that the whole family will love!


Starch, dried chiles, salt, tomato, red bell pepper, paprika, masa harina (corn masa flour, trace of lime), cane sugar, garlic, onion, maltodextrin, cumin, lime juice powder (maltodextrin, lime juice solids), apple cider vinegar powder (maltodextrin, apple cider vinegar, modified food starch), oregano, citric acid, xanthan gum.


1. Whisk Enchilada Red Sauce Starter into 1 cup water, then bring to a simmer.
2. Simmer for 3 min.
3. Serve over enchiladas or as a sauce over your favorite grilled protein.

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