Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada Sauce

It can be difficult to find a gluten-free brand of enchilada sauce, but making your own is quite easy and allows you to control the spiciness.  You can then use it to make enchiladas using corn tortillas.  The filling is really up to you, but I have shared easy beef enchiladas and easy chicken enchiladas.

If you are dairy free, try a cheese substitute in your enchiladas, such as Daiya, or simply leave it out.

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Enchilada Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
  • 1-2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil or other cooking oil
  • 1 cup gluten-free chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1½ Tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the chili powder. Heat and stir for one minute.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and heat to boiling.
  4. Add the garlic powder and onion powder.
  5. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water.
  6. Slowly add the water to the boiling mixture, whisking continually to avoid lumps.
  7. Heat to a boil and simmer for several minutes.
  8. Stir in the tomato sauce, taste, and add salt as needed.
  9. Makes 2¼ cups


About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Oooh, homemade enchilada sauce! :-) A requirement for so many great recipes. Love the photo with the enchilada sauce right to the top of that bowl. 😉

    Thanks, Linda!

    • La Victoria taco sauce is gluten free. I mix it with tomato sauce. You can get it mild or hot.
      For green enchilada sauce for chicken enchiladas I use La Victoria green taco sauce , chicken broth and corn starch to thicken it It also comes in mild or hot

  2. Have you ever tried enchilada sauce or taco sauce on scrambled eggs? Yummy!

  3. Sandra says:

    Yum! I believe I may have to make a large batch and can for future use. Then it will be ready when I want it!

  4. Can I use canola oil in place of coconut oil?

  5. Awesome recipe!

  6. Shelley says:

    Is this equivalent to 1 can of store-bought.

  7. I’m going to try this recipe. R are new to gluten free living trying to find a brand of “flower” thats gluten free potato free and garbanzo free has been challenging to say the least.

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