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Homemade Enchilada Sauce (gluten free + vegan)

Today we’re talking about this gluten free, vegan, and vegetable-oil free Homemade Enchilada Sauce!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce. This enchilada sauce is gluten free, vegan and made without vegetable oil! | This Gal Cooks

It’s an essential recipe, considering on Monday, I’ll be sharing the delicious vegetarian enchilada casserole that I made with the sauce. Homemade enchilada sauce + homemade casserole = a whole lotta love. ♥︎

Let’s talk Christmas vacation. Because it’s July and we can pretend it’s Christmas in July.

December Christmas vacation flight is booked. Can you guess where I’m going? It’s a place where no sane Florida person would ever travel to during the winter months. Especially a Florida person who has never experienced temps below 18 degrees and who has only seen snow once in her 33 years on Earth.

Did you guess Minnesota? If so, you nailed it!

Ken’s from Minnesota. His mom and mom’s side of the family live in Minnesota. He hasn’t visited them in over 7 years. I’ve never been up there and we haven’t seen his mom or stepdad since they visited Florida in 2010. A visit is well overdue. Ken wants to visit them during Christmas, which is understandable. I hear they have an awesome, fun-filled Christmas gathering on Christmas Day. This year, we will be gracing the guests with our presence!

I’m excited and a little nervous about the trip. I’ll be flying up there by myself. Ken is driving up there a couple days before I leave. He’ll be taking the dog and my luggage with him. Then after I leave work on Christmas Eve, I’m driving to Orlando and catching a direct flight to Minneapolis. I don’t like flying but luckily, I’ll only be flying up there. We’ll be road tripping on the way home, hopefully stopping in Asheville for a beer run and to soak in the beautiful winter scenery!

What are your 2015 Christmas plans?

Homemade Enchilada Sauce. This enchilada sauce is gluten free, vegan and made without vegetable oil! | This Gal Cooks

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

This homemade enchilada sauce recipe was born from my desire to create a vegan enchilada sauce that didn’t contain chemically processed ingredients. At the time, I had never made an enchilada sauce recipe; I always used canned sauce. I didn’t know where to start so I turned to fellow food bloggers for inspiration. Gimme Some Oven’s Red Enchilada Sauce recipe was the winner and I adapted my recipe from hers. 

I made a batch of homemade vegetable broth to use in this recipe but if you’re in a hurry, you can use canned or boxed broth. I suggest going with an all natural brand, such as Pacific Foods. But it’s SO easy to make your own. Here’s a tutorial from The Kitchn that will show you how to make homemade vegetable stock.

You may use this enchilada sauce in enchilada recipes, burrito bowls, tacos and Mexican style casseroles. It would be great used in quesadillas, too.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce (gluten free + vegan)

Homemade Enchilada Sauce (gluten free + vegan)

Yield: 1.5 Cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (use refined as it has no flavor)
  • 2 tbsp masa harina (corn flour)
  • 4 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt + more, according to taste
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 2 C vegetable stock


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Once melted, add the masa harina and stir. Add the remaining spices and mix well. Then gradually add the vegetable stock, whisking until smooth. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Taste test and add more salt, if desired. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then blend with an immersion blender.


The sauce will thicken as it cools. Once you refrigerate it, it will become much thicker. Reheat in a sauce pan or microwave.

Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 251mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 0g

Homemade Enchilada Sauce. This enchilada sauce is gluten free, vegan and made without vegetable oil! | This Gal Cooks


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21 comments on “Homemade Enchilada Sauce (gluten free + vegan)”

  1. My Christmas plans consist of continuing to evade the husband as he wants to discuss who’s family we’re going to celebrate it with. And, mine’s better ;)
    Anywayyyyyyy, this sauce? I want to pour it on my ENTIRE HEAD. That good. pinned!

    • LOL! Well I think you have a winner for where you’ll be celebrating Christmas, Taylor. ;)
      Now it would be funny to see you pour this sauce on your entire head. And probably a little messy, too! Thank you for stopping by and for the pin. Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Girl, I haven’t even started thinking about Christmas yet, lol. ;) But mannnnn… are you in for shock going to Minnesota in December, lol. Stay warm! P.S. This enchilada sauce looks and sounds amazing!

    • Haha, I like to plan ahead! It’s one of the things I get anxiety over (expecially when flying is involved) and I wanted to get the ticket at the great price (only $123!) and get a abundant choice of seats. LOL! I am totally in for a shock with the weather. I’m already starting to shop around for winter/water resistant jackets! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the compliment, Carrie. Have a lovely weekend!

  3. Christmas really isn’t that far away but I haven’t even thought about what I will be doing. Have fun in Minnesota! I am jealous you will be stopping in Asheville too. I’m saving this enchilada sauce recipe because I love making it from scratch!

    • I know, it really isn’t and it will be here before we know it. Hope you enjoy the recipe, Ashley. Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Wow! That’s great you booked your Christmas holidays! Have a lovely trip! This enchilada sauce looks awesome!

  5. Yes, I remember your original blog! This one is wonderful! I have had to change my diet and your recipes suit me well. All the best to you!

    • Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for stopping by and for the well wishes! I’m glad the recipes on here will suit your new diet. :)

  6. I’m definitely trying this. I’ve been using another homemade enchilada sauce version, but I’m always up to try something new.. We make our own broth all the time, and I think I have everything else in the house! :)

    I’ve never been to Minnesota in the winter, but it is lovely in the summer!

    • Hope you enjoy the enchilada sauce, Michelle! I’ve heard Minnesota is beautiful during the summer. I think we might go next Summer!

  7. Oh my gosh! Minnesota? Hahah you are in for a treat FL girl! I lived there for 4 years during college and love it there. On the positive side…you get to have a white Christmas! It’s beautiful lol!

    • Haha, I know! I am going to freeze my butt off! But I do hear it is beautiful there and I will finally get to experience a white Christmas. Well, hopefully it is snowing up there when we go. ;)

  8. I am loving this! Can’t wait to try :).

  9. Homemade sauces are ALWAYS the way to go! Especially enchilada sauce! I can’t wait to try your version, it’s completely different from mine, which I LOVE! Because You can never have too many homemade versions of enchilada sauce in your repitrior!!
    And again with the creepy similarities between us!! I went to Buffalo during Christmas time (from FL), crazy you are right, but I enjoyed the cold and actually having a (seriously) White Christmas! Sounds like you are going to have a blast! I love that you plan early.. as do I. Always gives you something to look forward to! Speaking of looking forward, can’t wait to see what you made with this sauce!! Hope you are having a beautiful weekend! <3 Cheers!!

    • Right! You can never have too much of enchilada anything because enchiladas are one of the best things ever! I think I will enjoy having a white Christmas (I hope there is one!) but I’m not so sure about the cold. I do like cooler weather but I don’t like being so cold that I don’t want to go outside. I love the outdoors!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment, Cheyanne. :)

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  11. This was soooo good!