Easy Homemade Keto Enchilada Sauce Recipe: Perfect for Low Carb Diets

Keto Enchilada Sauce: A Spicy Staple for Low-Carb Lifestyles

Welcome to the world of vibrant flavors and healthy eating with our Keto Enchilada Sauce. This sauce is a game-changer for anyone on a ketogenic diet craving the rich taste of Mexican cuisine without the high carb count. Perfectly balanced with spices and heat, this low-carb enchilada sauce is designed to add a delicious kick to your dishes, ensuring that you can enjoy your favorite meals while staying true to your keto goals.

Traditional enchilada sauces are often laden with sugars and thickeners that can quickly knock you out of ketosis. Our keto-friendly version, however, is meticulously crafted to provide the same depth of flavor while keeping carbs to a minimum. Whether you’re drizzling it over chicken enchiladas or using it as a zesty dip, this sauce is sure to become a staple in your keto kitchen.

Keto Enchilada Sauce Preparation

The Heart of the Sauce: A Personal Keto Journey

My passion for keto cooking began when I sought out a lifestyle change that would not only help me manage my weight but also allow me to enjoy the foods I love. This Keto Enchilada Sauce is a product of that journey, born from the desire to savor the bold flavors of Mexican cuisine without the carb overload.

What makes this sauce truly stand out is its foundation of coconut flour and olive oil, which replace traditional flour and vegetable oils, cutting down on carbs and providing a healthy dose of fats. The use of spices like cumin and chili powder not only imparts a robust flavor but also offers health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties and metabolism support, which are essential for a well-rounded keto diet.

Another key ingredient in our sauce is the no-sugar-added tomato sauce, which provides the perfect tangy base without the unnecessary sugars found in many store-bought sauces. The addition of apple cider vinegar gives a subtle kick and aids in digestion, making this sauce as beneficial as it is delicious.

Each component of this sauce has been carefully selected to enhance the overall nutritional profile, ensuring that you can indulge in your favorite Mexican-inspired meals while maintaining your state of ketosis. Whether you’re new to keto or a seasoned pro, this enchilada sauce is sure to please your palate and support your dietary goals.

Keto Enchilada Sauce Simmering

Mastering the Method: Tips for the Perfect Keto Enchilada Sauce

The secret to a great keto enchilada sauce lies not just in the ingredients but also in the method of preparation. Here are some detailed steps and tips to ensure you achieve the perfect consistency and flavor every time.

Start with the Base: When heating the olive oil and blending in the coconut flour, make sure to whisk continuously to avoid any lumps. This step is crucial as it forms the thickening agent for the sauce, providing a smooth texture without the need for high-carb thickeners.

Spice it Right: Toasting the spices in the oil for a couple of minutes is more than just a step; it’s an art. This process, known as “blooming,” releases the essential oils in the spices, deepening the flavors and ensuring that every spoonful of your sauce is packed with taste.

Silky Smoothness: As you whisk in the chicken broth and tomato sauce, keep the heat at a level where you can maintain a gentle simmer. This slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken to the perfect consistency. If you prefer an even smoother sauce, use an immersion blender to purée the sauce after cooking.

Finished Keto Enchilada Sauce

Variations to Spice Up Your Keto Enchilada Sauce

Green Chili Enchilada Sauce

For a tangy twist, swap out the tomato sauce for pureed roasted green chilies. This variation offers a milder heat and a fresh, vibrant flavor that pairs exceptionally well with seafood and pork.

Chipotle Enchilada Sauce

If you’re a fan of smoky flavors, add a couple of minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the mix. The smokiness of the chipotle peppers adds a new dimension to the sauce that’s simply irresistible.

Creamy Enchilada Sauce

For a richer, more decadent sauce, stir in some full-fat sour cream or cream cheese at the end of cooking. This creates a creamy, indulgent sauce that’s perfect for drizzling over keto-friendly enchiladas or as a dip for veggies.

Substitutions for Your Keto Enchilada Sauce

Adapting recipes to suit your pantry and preferences is a key skill in any keto kitchen. Here are some substitutions you can make to keep this sauce keto-friendly:

Beef or Vegetable Broth

If you don’t have chicken broth on hand or prefer a different flavor profile, beef or vegetable broth are excellent substitutes that still maintain the low-carb integrity of the sauce.

Almond Flour

While coconut flour provides a unique texture and flavor, almond flour can be used as a substitute. Keep in mind that almond flour may require a different quantity to achieve the same thickness, so adjust accordingly.

Homemade Tomato Puree

If you’re looking to control every aspect of the carbs in your sauce, consider making your own tomato puree from fresh, ripe tomatoes. This allows you to limit any additives and sugars that might be present in canned versions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions and answers to help you make the most of your Keto Enchilada Sauce:

Can I make this sauce ahead of time?

Yes, this sauce can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for longer storage.

Is this sauce spicy?

The spice level of this sauce is moderate, but you can adjust the heat by increasing or decreasing the amount of chili powder to suit your taste.

How can I thicken the sauce without adding carbs?

The coconut flour acts as a thickener, but if you need more thickness, you can simmer the sauce longer or add a bit more coconut flour, whisking well to incorporate.

Can I use this sauce for dishes other than enchiladas?

Absolutely! This versatile sauce can be used in a variety of keto dishes, such as a topping for zucchini noodles or a flavorful base for a Mexican-inspired soup.

What if I don’t have coconut flour?

Almond flour can be used as a substitute, but you may need to adjust the quantity. Start with a small amount and add more as needed to achieve the desired thickness.

Keto Enchilada Sauce

Dive into the robust flavors of this Keto Enchilada Sauce, a low-carb alternative to traditional enchilada sauces, perfect for adding a spicy kick to your favorite Mexican dishes without compromising your keto diet.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 68 kcal


  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can tomato sauce (no sugar added) 15 ounces
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar


  • Prepare the Base: In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the coconut flour and whisk continuously for about 1 minute until it is completely blended with the oil and begins to form a paste.
  • Add the Spices: Stir in the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes, whisking constantly to prevent burning and allowing the spices to become fragrant.
  • Combine with Liquids: Gradually pour in the chicken broth while constantly whisking to ensure a smooth mixture. Add the tomato sauce and apple cider vinegar, and stir well to combine.
  • Simmer to Perfection: Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should thicken as it cooks.
  • Adjust and Serve: Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Once the sauce is thickened to your liking, remove it from the heat and it's ready to be served with your favorite keto-friendly Mexican dishes.


For a smoother sauce, blend the finished product with an immersion blender or in a regular blender until desired consistency is reached.
If a thinner sauce is preferred, simply add more chicken broth until the desired consistency is achieved.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for longer storage.


Calories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 5gFiber: 2gNet Carbs: 3g
Keyword Keto Enchilada Sauce, Keto Mexican Sauce, Low Carb Enchilada Sauce
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