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Overhead view of a jar of gluten-free red enchilada sauce

Gluten-Free Enchilada Sauce

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  • Author: Emily Dixon - One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups sauce 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy gluten-free enchilada sauce recipe is made from pantry staples and tastes AMAZING!


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (or another oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch or gluten-free measure-for-measure flour
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/21 Tablespoon canned chipotle chili (packed in adobo), minced (NOT the whole can, just 1/21 Tablespoon!)
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water or vegetable or chicken broth (use low-sodium or no salt added)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add cornstarch (or gluten-free flour blend), chili powder and cumin. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt, chipotle chili, tomato sauce and water.
  3. Whisk to combine and bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  4. Use & Storage: Use in your favorite recipes or store in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.


*Be sure to use gluten-free chipotle chiles in adobo, like La CosteƱa. (Some brands use wheat flour to thicken their sauce, so be sure to check your label!)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex