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Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce

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This gluten free enchilada sauce recipe is delicious and super easy to make! I love how silky and flavorful it is, especially dolloped on meat enchiladas!

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One of the things that I love about this sauce is that it’s easy!! I used to make enchilada sauce with oil and flour to thicken it. I still do with one of the most popular posts on Dishes Delish:  sour cream enchilada sauce. But, I stopped thickening my red enchilada sauce because it really didn’t need it.

I also thought it would be awesome gluten free.

It’s naturally thick. It’s especially thick because I use crushed tomatoes in this recipe.

This is one of the food items we ALWAYS have in the house.

Christopher has a delicious rice mixture for his lunch more often than not. Here’s how we make his lunch.

I sauté grass-fed ground beef with a little salt, cumin and oregano.

We put a few spoons of beef on the bottom of a 2 cup jar.  Next, comes brown rice. Then this delicious enchilada sauce, or the chunky version. Then on top of that, we put some sautéed veggies, usually zucchini, and lastly some refried beans on top.

Christopher loves it!

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How to make gluten free enchilada sauce


Get a medium saucepan.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – crushed tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and oregano.

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Step two

Empty the crushed tomatoes in a sauce pan. Add chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, garlic powder and salt.

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Step three

Turn the heat under the pan to medium and stir the ingredients until they’re combined. Bring the mixture to a slight boil and lower the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 15 minutes.

That’s it. Then the delicious enchilada sauce is done.

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Let’s look at it from the vertical view!

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One of the first things I did with this gluten free enchilada sauce was to spread it all over a batch of pulled pork enchiladas.

I hope you enjoyed this smooth enchilada sauce recipe!

And as always, and as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce

This enchilada sauce is smooth, silky and extra delicious!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: enchilada sauce recipe that is gluten free, gluten free, smooth enchilada sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 28 servings
Calories: 11kcal


  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1.5 teaspoons chili powder or more (hubby doesn’t like spicy foods)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a medium saucepan, add tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder and salt.
    28 ounces crushed tomatoes, 1.5 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons cumin powder, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1.5 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Stir together and turn the heat on medium. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Dollop on some enchiladas.
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy


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Hubby puts this on a lot of things!  Especially rice!


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 94mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  1. I love homemade enchilada sauce. It is so much better than store bought and easy too. I love the sound of Christophers lunches 🙂

    1. Hehe Janette! Christopher would eat it every single day, but he tried to vary his lunches. But that is his favorite.

  2. I have never made enchilada sauce. I can imagine that homemade is SO much better. Yours looks great! Trying this soon!

  3. Oooh that does look like a super smooth sauce. I bet there are so many different ways you can use it too.

  4. I have never made enchilada sauce before! It is such a good idea to have it around to do quick dinners too! Definitely a keeper! 😀

  5. This sauce texture is incredible! I always try to achieve a texture like this in my sauces. Great recipe!

    1. Thank you Helena! I like to shake it up every once in a while and make a silky enchilada sauce. Christopher likes the chunky one better, I think because of the tomato chunks! But this one is so good!

  6. This enchie sauce is a STAPLE of my diet. A STAPLE. And I could eat it even more often than I do and not get sick of it. Thank you, God, for tomatoes!!!

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