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Our Easy Keto Enchilada Sauce is a simple recipe made with our homemade broth as a perfect base for enchiladas. Our salsa roja recipe is low carb, gluten-free, and great for diabetics.

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Keto Enchilada Sauce

Our sauce is an excellent addition to the chicken enchilada recipe I have made for you. Using seasoning from scratch and homemade low carb tortillas, you will have a keto friendly dinner on the table, all homemade, in no time.

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Low-carb sauce recipes

With a few sauces on the site, we can make a beautiful sauce party if anyone is interested.

My favorite is bolognese sauce, which you can fill any vegetables with. A great example are stuffed tomatoes that bake perfectly.

Our various kinds of pasta, marinara sauce, alfredo, or carbonara, are excellent choices.

Of many recipes, when it comes to Mexican evening, salsa or salsa dressing together with today gluten free enchilada sauce is a must when you are eating keto.

For an additional flavor boost, a bit of BBQ sauce or Worcestershire sauce is the way to go.

Is enchilada sauce keto?

Enchilada sauce is a great addition to many Mexican dishes, and it can be enjoyed by those on the keto diet as long as you choose the right ingredients. Chili peppers, garlic, spices, and tomatoes are the main components of enchilada sauce.

These ingredients are low in carbohydrates and healthy fats, making them perfect for a keto diet. When choosing canned enchilada sauce for your keto meal, look for one made with olive oil or avocado oil instead of vegetable oil.

Also, ensure the sauce does not contain added sugars or other starchy ingredients. Following these guidelines allows you to enjoy flavorful enchiladas without compromising your keto diet.

Even though enchilada sauce should be low carb on its own, some store-bought enchilada sauces have sugar added, which must be avoided.

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Carbs in enchilada sauce

Our sauce is a great mixture low in carbs compared to the store bought enchilada sauces. Our red enchilada sauce recipe makes 6 portions.

I am going to introduce you to an unreal carb count in our 10-minute keto enchilada sauce.

For a portion of 6 tablespoons, you get a perfect 3 grams of carbs and 10 grams of fiber. You get a perfect 0 net carbs per serving to calculate it all.

Enchilada sauce vs. salsa in a keto diet

Some people might mix those two terms and need to learn the difference.

Salsa has a dense, coarse consistency that is more like a relish than an enchilada sauce. This condiment is usually created with tomatoes, onions, and chiles, so the tomatoes lend a unique taste and feel.

Salsa or taco sauce can also be used as a base sauce to make our recipe instead of tomato sauce.

What is homemade enchilada sauce made of?

Our perfectly tailored 0 net carb easy enchilada sauce is made with our homemade enchilada seasoning, tomato sauce as a base, homemade broth, and a mixture of keto thickeners.

Coconut flour and a pinch of xanthan gum give you a great consistency you might use for more favorite recipes.

Gluten-free enchilada sauce

Gluten-free enchilada sauce is an excellent alternative to traditional enchilada sauces that contain gluten. This good recipe is fast and easy to make, requiring only a few simple ingredients and minimal time.

Once the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency, it is ready to use. Enjoy with your favorite enchiladas, or use them as an ingredient in tacos or burritos for an extra flavorful kick.

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homemade enchilada sauce

How to make keto enchilada sauce?

We will dive in on how to make this keto enchilada sauce in just a few minutes. The exact measurements are all written on the recipe card. They are all easy to throw together and cook.

Equipment for low-carb enchilada sauce

  • Cooking pot
  • Whisk
  • Hand blender
  • Glass storage container

Ingredients in keto enchilada sauce

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR LOW-CARB ENCHILADA SAUCE 

First step: Prepare ingredients

First, prepare all of your ingredients. The broth could be chicken, bone, beef, etc. The best is homemade and whatever you have on hand. Tomato sauce would be best without additional ingredients to keep on track with carbs.

Regarding oil, I have used avocado oil, but you can swap that with extra virgin olive oil if that is what you are used to.

Coconut flour can also be replaced with un-fattened almond flour.

I have made enchilada seasoning recipe you can make in a few seconds or use one you have.

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Second step: Oil and coconut flour

Start by heating your cooking pot to medium.

Place oil and coconut flour in. Cook until the flour starts to brown slightly. Mix to get a smooth thick sauce.

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Third step: Keep adding ingredients

Once you see the coconut flour turning light brown, add the seasoning and a little broth. Simmer the sauce slightly for all of the ingredients to combine.

Add the tomato sauce and mix. Finish with the rest of the broth and simmer.

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Fourth step: Xanthan gum and vinegar

Last go in the vinegar and xanthan gum.

Xanthan gum dissolves once the soup is cooking, but whisking it generously, helps dearly.

Bring the sauce to a boil and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the sauce starts slightly thickening.

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Fifth step: Blend

Once your sauce is cooked, take a hand blender and blend all of the sauce into one smooth uniformed sauce.

By blending it, you will realize the red color changes and becomes much brighter.

Remove the sauce from the heat, and remember the sauce thickens further.

Use immediately or store in a glass container.

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keto enchilada sauce recipe

If you love this recipe and, in case you have some questions, please leave a comment, and I will try and answer them.

Tips to make homemade enchilada

  • Tomato sauce – pick the one with the least carbs and no added sugar. If tomato paste, use only half of the amount.
  • Broth – pick bone broth, chicken broth, vegetable stock, or whatever you have on hand.
  • Coconut flour – can be replaced with un-fattened almond flour.
  • Spicy – our enchilada sauce is mildly spicy, but add a bit of cayenne pepper for extra spiciness.
  • Vinegar – gives the sauce extra tanginess and should not be skipped.
  • Half amount – should give you about a cup of sauce, in case you need to use less.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LOW CARB ENCHILADA SAUCE

What to serve with a homemade keto enchilada sauce recipe?

When it comes to homemade sugar-free enchilada sauce, there are a few options for what to serve with them.

A light and healthy taco salad would make a nice side dish. You can use it over eggs in the morning or even over a bowl of cauliflower rice.

If you’re looking for something heartier, you could also serve it over cooked chicken or taco meat. You could try adding roasted vegetables to add extra flavor to your keto dishes.

Another delicious accompaniment would be some low-carb tortilla chips or nachos for scooping up any extra sauce that might be left over.

Whatever you decide to serve with our best keto enchilada sauce recipe, it’s sure to be tasty and satisfying.

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homemade keto enchilada sauce

What are the best gluten free low carb keto tortillas for enchiladas?

Especially for keto enchiladas, I have made our keto tortillas to use.

But a great alternative would be taco shells, flaxseed wraps, or fiber tortillas, all homemade and easy to make following our recipes.

How do you thicken enchilada sauce without flour?

Enchilada sauce can be thickened without using flour by adding simple ingredients.

Coconut flour or un-fattened almond flour is an excellent thickening agent and can thicken the sauce without adding additional flavor.

Another way to thicken the sauce is to use pureed vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, or peppers. Simply puree the vegetables in a food processor and add them to your enchilada sauce, then cook until the desired consistency is reached.

Finally, if you want an even thicker texture, you can add a pinch of xanthan gum to the sauce.

Whichever method you choose, these tips will help you achieve a perfectly thick enchilada sauce without having to use any flour.

What can I use instead of enchilada sauce?

If you don’t have enchilada sauce on hand, you can easily substitute simple ingredients. For example, combine one cup of tomato sauce with one tablespoon each of chili powder and cumin, then add salt and pepper to taste.

Add other flavors, such as garlic or onion powder, oregano, or paprika, for extra spice. If you want the sauce to be creamier, consider adding a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt.

Another option is to use mild salsa instead of the tomato-based sauce – just adjust the seasoning to taste. These substitutes are easy to make and will work in place of traditional enchilada sauce.

How do you store keto Mexican sauce?

When it comes to storing Mexican keto sauce, the best way is to store it in an air-tight container like a jar or a Tupperware container. This will help keep the flavor and texture of the sauce intact while also preventing any bacteria from entering the sauce. Also, store the sauce in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight, best in the fridge.

Can you freeze keto enchilada sauce?

If you do not plan on consuming the sauce immediately, you can freeze it for longer-term storage. When reheating frozen keto Mexican sauce, make sure to do so slowly and over low heat to prevent changes in flavor and texture. Proper storage techniques allow you to enjoy your Mexican keto sauces for weeks without worrying about spoilage.

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Keto Enchilada Sauce

Zuzana Paar
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Our Easy Keto Enchilada Sauce is a simple recipe made with our homemade broth as a perfect base for enchiladas. Our salsa roja recipe is low carb, gluten-free, and great for diabetics.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Soup-Sauces-Dips
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 82 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • First, prepare all of your ingredients. The broth could be chicken, bone, beef, etc. The best is homemade and whatever you have on hand. Tomato sauce would be best without additional ingredients to keep on track with carbs.
  • Start by heating your cooking pot to medium. Place oil and coconut flour in. Cook until the flour starts to brown slightly. Mix to get a smooth thick sauce.
  • Once you see the coconut flour turning light brown, add the seasoning and a little broth. Simmer the sauce slightly for all of the ingredients to combine. Add the tomato sauce and mix. Finish with the rest of the broth and simmer.
  • Last go in the vinegar and xanthan gum. Xanthan gum dissolves once the soup is cooking, but whisking it generously, helps dearly. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the sauce starts slightly thickening.
  • Once your sauce is cooked, take a hand blender and blend all of the sauce into one smooth uniformed sauce. By blending it, you will realize the red color changes and becomes much brighter. Remove the sauce from the heat, and remember the sauce thickens further.

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Notes

  • Tomato sauce – pick the one with the least carbs and no added sugar. If tomato paste, use only half of the amount.
  • Broth – pick bone broth, chicken broth, vegetable stock, or whatever you have on hand.
  • Coconut flour – can be replaced with un-fattened almond flour.
  • Spicy – our enchilada sauce is mildly spicy, but add a bit of cayenne pepper for extra spiciness.
  • Vinegar – gives the sauce extra tanginess and should not be skipped.
  • Half amount – should give you about a cup of sauce, in case you need to use less.

Nutrition

Serving: 6TablespoonsCalories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 422mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 10gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.3mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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