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Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

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Homemade red enchilada sauce is easier than you might think!

My experience with canned enchilada sauce is limited, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say this homemade red enchilada sauce trumps anything you’ll find in a can.

You can whip up this recipe in about 10 minutes. The end result is a thick, complex, spicy sauce that you can use for your favorite enchilada recipe. Oh, and did I mention that it’s gluten free and paleo?

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce | DoYouEvenPaleo.net

Since I went paleo, I often find that making foods from scratch is easier than I’d assumed. (I suspect I’ve been writing that in every post lately…) For example, making homemade nut and seed butters takes little time and effort, and costs insanely less than buying it at the store. Same goes for homemade ghee.

Sure, I still buy certain luxuries like protein powder for post workout or Primal Kitchen collagen bars. I enjoy trying new kombucha and I have a few favorites…so even though I regularly make my own at home, I still leave the grocery store with a bottle.

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce | DoYouEvenPaleo.net

All of that to say—try making something new at home. You might be surprised how simple it really is. When I decided to make enchilada sauce, I thought I’d be spending all morning in the kitchen. When I began looking up traditional recipes to research and compare, I kept doing double takes. Can you seriously make enchilada sauce in 10 minutes? Yes, yes you can! And you probably already have the ingredients on hand. No excuses. Let’s get cooking!

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

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Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce | DoYouEvenPaleo.net

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: ~2 cups
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: stovetop




  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in arrowroot powder until a thin paste forms.
  2. Add and chili powder and stir, cooking for about 30 seconds until the bright red color turns a bit brown, whisking constantly.
  3. Add tomato paste, chicken broth, cumin, garlic, oregano, onion powder and salt, whisking until fully combined. Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to a jar for storage. Will keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

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Make your own homemade red enchilada sauce! It only takes about 10 minutes, and you probably have the ingredients in your pantry already. | DoYouEvenPaleo.net


I'm Chelsea, the author behind Chelsea Joy Eats! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

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