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Sour Cream Enchilada Sauce

A delicious sour cream sauce to ladle on your enchiladas! It can even be used on veggies!
Course Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword sour cream enchilada sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 80kcal


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons white all purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth (divided) ( keep ½ cup to the side to thin out the sauce to your liking - so you may not use the whole 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese



  • Heat a heavy sauce pan on medium heat
  • Add butter, melt but don't brown it
  • Add flour and whisk for 1 minute until thickened
  • Add chicken broth, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and whisk until smooth
  • Let it come to a boil and whisk it as it thickens.  (About 5 minutes)
  • Take off heat and let cool for 5 minutes
  • Add sour cream and stir it in
  • Put pan back on low heat and add cheese and stir until melted
  • Add ½ cup or less of chicken broth to thin the sour cream sauce to your liking
  • Ladle on enchiladas or dish of your choice
  • Enjoy


Helpful tips
  • When heating the butter, make sure you don't brown it
  • Heat will curdle sour cream so you must take the pan off the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes before stirring in the sour cream.
  • You don't have to add cheese, of course, but I find it makes this sauce extra rich and delicious.
  • If you feel the sauce is too thick when it's done, add more chicken broth to thin it. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, depending on what I'm using it for.
  • This sauce keeps well in the fridge for at least a week.  I don't know if it freezes well because there is never any leftover to freeze.  As soon as I make this again, I will freeze it to see and update the post.
  • If you have leftover sauce, you can reheat it on the stovetop on low heat but stir it every few minutes.
  • You can also microwave it but for 30 second intervals.  Stir the sauce after each 30 seconds.
  • This delicious sauce is not just for enchiladas, in fact, you can dollop it on anything. I've been known to toast some bread and pour some on top and eat it with a knife and fork.  One of my popular recipes that uses this sauce in a different and fun way is my Swedish meatball recipe.
  • This sauce is also delicious on fish, pasta, gnocchi, baked potatoes and vegetables.


Serving: 4tablespoons | Calories: 80kcal