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Red Enchilada Sauce


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Red Enchilada Sauce: Another Kind of Red Sauce

The Italians do not have the corner on red sauce. This Red Enchilada Sauce is a Mexican basic. You might think that enchilada sauce comes in a can – and it does – but it is actually easy to make at home and, with our recipe, you can make sure that it is low FODMAP compliant.

red enchilada sauceThis is the very same sauce that is featured in our Chicken Enchiladas, which is an Elimination appropriate recipe. We consider this sauce a basic and keep some in the fridge for last minute Mexican inspired meals. You will never buy canned again!

Make sure to follow ingredient list if you want to make this vegetarian.

If you want to be prepared to make dinner quickly and easily – be prepared! Check out our article on 12 Essential Pantry Items, 10 Essential Low FODMAP Baking Items and 8 Essential Fridge & Freezer Items.

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Red Enchilada Sauce

This Red Enchilada Sauce is better than store bought - in taste and in how it will leave you feeling. No tummy aches and Mexican food craving satisfied!

Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes about 3 cups (720 ml); serving size about ½ cup (120 ml)

Makes: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson



  1. For the Sauce: Heat the oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat until hot, then whisk in flour and cook, stirring often, for a minute or two to lightly cook the roux, which is the basis for our sauce (you are just removing the raw flour taste). Whisk in chilli powder and cook for 15 to 30 seconds then slowly whisk in stock or broth, then tomatoes, cumin, oregano and salt until combined. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes. Set aside.

  2. This makes about 3 cups of sauce; you might not use all of it for this recipe but it will keep, refrigerated, in a covered container for up to a week.



  • Make a batch and keep in the fridge for impromptu Mexican and Tex-Mex inspired cooking.
Course: Basic, Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 485mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.5mg

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.