a plate of red enchiladas with onions on top and Spanish rice near by

Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce Brands: Red and Green Options and Comparisons


Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce Brands: Red and Green Options and Comparisons

Following a gluten-free diet can sometimes be confusing. Packaging labels aren’t always clear on what is OK if you have Celiac Disease or some sort of gluten sensitivity. So let’s go over some gluten-free options that will work for you or a loved one when cooking Mexican food.

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gluten free enchilada sauce brands can make these red enchiladas covered with cheese served with Mexican rice

Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce Brands: Red and Green Options and Comparisons

When I was researching online for a great gluten-free option of enchilada sauce brands, I was surprised by how hard it was to get a clear picture of comparisons. So I decided to be the answer to my own question, and share it here with you! But first, let’s cover some basics in case you are unfamiliar with enchilada sauce.

What is Enchilada Sauce?

Enchilada sauce is a traditional sauce originating from Mexico. It can be either red or green depending on the chilis and other types of ingredients used. Enchilada sauce is smooth and has a thick consistency that should coat the back of a spoon when dipped into the sauce.

What is Enchilada Sauce Made from?

The red sauce version is a blend of chili peppers, chili powder, spices, and tomato puree or tomato sauce. A green enchilada sauce (or verde) can be made with green peppers, green chiles, broth, and sometimes tomatillos. (Which are kind of like green tomatoes.)

Is Enchilada Sauce Gluten Free?

Enchilada sauce is not naturally gluten-free. Some brands add wheat or other thickeners that are not safe for those living a gluten-free lifestyle. Although there are also brands that do not list any known contaminants, cross-contamination inside processing facilities can still happen. If you have Celiac disease, it is safest to only use products that are certified gluten-free.

What Does Certified Gluten Free Mean?

To be certified gluten-free means that the product has met the FDA limit of being under 20 PPM (parts per million) for any presence of gluten in the foods with this label.

Disclaimer: It is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT That You Double-Check Labels.

  • This is not medical advice. Therefore, please follow your health team professionals’ instructions when it comes to your personal diet.
  • Make sure to read the actual labels. Manufacturers can make changes to ingredients over time. I would hate to have you deal with issues due to changes or cross-contamination. It is always a best practice to double-check nutrition labels.
  • This is not an exhaustive list. But I did do my best to find the most popular/ common brands that do not have gluten-containing ingredients in them. But just because a gluten-containing ingredient is not listed does not mean there isn’t any cross-contamination in the facility. If you ever are in doubt, call the company directly.
red gluten free enchiladas on a red plate with sour cream and onion on top

Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce Brands: Red Enchilada Sauce

There are so many different store-bought enchilada sauces out there. The easiest way for me to understand the best gluten free option was for me to make a comparison table. It will show you which enchilada sauce is gluten-free as well price point and where to find them. For availability, I tried to stay with major companies that are found in most of the USA.

BrandIngredient List:Certified GFPriceAvailabilityNotes
Las Palmas Sauce: Red enchiladaWater, Dried Red Chile Peppers, Salt, Cottonseed Oil, Cider Vinegar, Fumaric Acid, spices, and Olive Oil.No$2.52 for 28 oz $1.69 for 10 ozWalmart, Target
Old el Paso enchilada sauce: RedWater, Tomato Puree (water, tomato paste), Modified Corn Starch. Contains 2% or less of Sugar, Salt, Chile Pepper, Soybean Oil, Vinegar, Spice, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Onion Powder, Natural Flavor, and Color (black carrot and paprika extract).No$2.19 for 10 ozTarget, WalmartAlso Kosher
Rosarita Enchilada SauceTomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Water, Red Chile Puree, Less than 2% of: Salt, Chile Pepper, Canola Oil, Dehydrated Onion, Spices, Garlic Puree, Colored with Oleoresin Paprika, Natural Flavor, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Citric Acid, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dehydrated Garlic, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Carob Bean Gum.No$2.64 for 20 ozWalmart
Frontera Red Chile Enchilada SauceTomato, Filtered Water, New Mexico Chiles, Onion, Apple Cider Vinegar, Red Bell Pepper, Salt, Garlic, Evaporated Cane Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Cayenne, Oregano.Yes$2.39 for 8 ozTarget, Walmart
Sky Valley Red Enchilada SauceWater, tomato paste, less than 2% of distilled vinegar, salt, dried ancho chiles, tapioca starch, spice, cane sugar, dried garlic, lemon juice concentrate, dried onion, and paprika extract. Yes$10 for 13 ozAmazon Not great reviews
Sprouts Red Enchilada SauceTomato, salt, ground guajillo pepper, ground ancho pepper, garlic, onion, canola oil, tapioca starch, ground oregano, ground cumin, lime juice powder, (lime juice, maltodextrin, lime oil, citric acid), ground cloveNo$2.99 for 8 ozSproutsAlso a green option
Siete, Red Enchilada SauceTomato puree (water, tomato paste), apple cider vinegar, chile powder, dates, avocado oil, sea salt, chia seed, flax seed, porcini powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, oregano.Yes$5.28 for 15 ozWalmart, Target, Sprouts
Hatch Enchilada Sauce: Organic, Mild Red Water, organic tomato paste, organic spices, sea salt, organic cane sugar, organic corn starch, organic bakers yeast, citric acid, organic flavorYes$4.79 for 15 ozSprouts
La Victoria Enchilada SauceWater, Red Chile Peppers, Modified Food Starch, Dehydrated California Chile Peppers, Soybean Oil, Less Than 2% Of Salt, Distilled Vinegar, Dehydrated Pasilla Chile Peppers, Garlic, Spice; water, Red Chile Peppers, Modified Food Starch, Dehydrated California Chile Peppers, Soybean Oil, Less Than 2% Of Salt, Distilled Vinegar, Dehydrated Pasilla Chile Peppers, Garlic, Spice.No$2.84 for 28 oz.Amazon
green sauce enchiladas

Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce Brands: Green Enchilada Sauce

I love the variety of flavors in Mexican food and I really enjoy the flavor of green chilies. Every year I grow jalapenos and serrano peppers in my garden, so it’s no surprise that I keep a couple of green enchilada sauces in my pantry cupboard at all times.

BrandIngredient List:Certified GFPriceAvailabilityNotes
Las Palmas Green Enchilada SauceWater, Green Chile Peppers, Modified Corn Starch, Soybean Oil, Salt, Sugar, Jalapeno Peppers, Monosodium Glutamate, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Spices, Garlic Powder, Distilled Vinegar, Torula Yeast, Acetic Acid, Caramelized Sugar, Spice Extractive.No$2.52 for 28 oz $1.69 for 10 ozWalmart
Contains MSG
Sprouts Organic Green Chile Enchilada SauceOrganic Tomatillos, water, organic roasted green chiles, organic distilled vinegar, organic corn starch, organic cumin, sea salt, organic onion powder, organic garlic, organic jalapeno powder, organic garlic powder, citric acid, organic cilantro, organic black pepper.Yes$3.99 for 16 ozSprouts
Old El Paso Green Enchilada SauceIngredients: Water, Green Chile Pepper Puree, Green Chiles, Modified Corn Starch, Soybean Oil. Contains 2% or less of: Sugar, Salt, Jalapeno Pepper, Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Citric Acid, Spice, Natural Flavor, Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Celery Seed Extract, Garlic Powder, Artificial Color, Acetic Acid (Preservative), Calcium Chloride.No$2.19 for 10 ozTarget, Walmart
Hatch Green Enchilada sauceWater, green chile peppers, corn starch, canola oil, less than 2% of sugar, bakers years (yeast, salt, natural flavor) Sea salt, dehydrated jalapeno, onion powder, garlic powder, dried roasted garlic, spice, citric acid, dehydrated green bell peppers, natural flavors. Yes$4.49 Sprouts
Siete Green enchilada sauceTomatillos, water, green, bell peppers, onion, garlic, dates, jalapenos, sea salt, avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, flax seed, black pepper, turmeric, chia seed.Yes$5.28 for 15 ozWalmart, Sprouts
La Preferida Enchilada Green Sauceorganic tomatillo, organic roasted green chiles, organic roasted poblano pepper, organic onion, water, organic expeller pressed canola oil, organic garlic, organic cilantro, sea salt, organic ground yellow corn masa flour, a trace of lime, organic cuminYes$3.97 for 12 ozAzure StandardCarton rather than can container

How Do I Make Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce at Home?

If you are in a pinch or just prefer making your own homemade gluten-free enchilada sauce, you can find my recipe for that over on this post, Easy Homemade Red Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce Recipe. It comes together in under 20 minutes and uses simple pantry ingredients.

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Gluten-Free Chicken Enchiladas?

While you are making your grocery list/ grocery order, why don’t you grab the other ingredients you’ll need to make some awesome gluten-free enchiladas at home?

Start off by getting gluten-free corn tortillas, some cheese, (Monterey jack or cheddar cheese are great options), and some chicken (pre-cooked or make some in the instant pot with my Easy Instant Pot Mexican Chicken with Only 3 Ingredients recipe.) Head over to my recipe …. for full instructions to make gluten-free chicken enchiladas.

Serve with some refried beans, guacamole, and sour cream and your taste buds will be doing a happy dance.

red and green enchilada sauce brands at the store

The Best Store-Bought Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce Brands

To me, the best gluten-free store-bought enchilada sauce would be the Siete for a red enchilada sauce. And our favorite green enchilada sauce is La Preferida Enchilada from Azure. You can read more about what Azure is over here on my favorite things page.

Since my daughter has Celiac Disease, we do our best to only use certified gluten-free ingredients to help stay away from cross-contamination issues. But if you have a gluten sensitivity rather than Celiac, you may be ok with using one of the non-certified gluten-free sauces listed above, since the ingredients don’t have wheat or other problematic ingredients.

FAQ About Store Bought Enchilada Sauce

Which Enchilada Sauce is Gluten Free?

There are several brands of enchilada sauce that is certified gluten-free. For red enchilada sauces, Frontera’s, Sky Valley, Siete, and Hatch all have certified gluten free enchilada sauces. As for green enchilada sauces, Sprout’s, Siete, La Preferida, and Hatch, all have some good options as well.

Does store-bought enchilada sauce have gluten?

Yes, store-bought enchilada sauce can contain gluten, although there are options that are gluten-free. This post has a chart showing the ingredients of many popular brands as well as if they are certified gluten-free so you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

Does Rosarita enchilada sauce have gluten?

Rosarita’s enchilada sauce does not list any gluten-containing ingredients on its label. But it also is not certified gluten-free, so people with Celiac disease should avoid it.

Is all enchilada sauce gluten free?

No, not all canned enchilada sauce is gluten-free. Wheat is used as a thickener is some brands so please refer to the chart above to find gluten free enchilada sauce options.

In Summary

There are lots of gluten free enchilada sauce brands available for purchase at stores as well as online. I hope this post has given you some options that will work for you and your family. If there is another brand that I have missed, please reach out in the comments so future readers can see more options! Taste preferences vary so much that I’m so grateful for more than one option.

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  • Anna March 23, 2023 at 9:46 am

    Such useful info! While I’m not necessarily GF myself, this will definitely be something I can pass along to my GF friends! 🙂

    • Joanna March 23, 2023 at 9:55 am

      It was just so strange to me that there wasn’t something like this out there! Or at least I didn’t find it. I hope it can be of use to your friends. 🙂

  • Charlene March 23, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Wow~ you provide such great and useful information here! We absolutely love enchiladas, but I’ve never made them at home. We’ll have to definitely put the Instant Pot to use for some of this goodness!

    • Joanna March 23, 2023 at 6:10 pm

      You’re so kind to say so! Thank you! I’ve got some enchilada recipes coming soon!

  • Anja March 23, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Interesting! I never thought about gluten in enchilada sauces but this is such a helpful guide!

    • Joanna March 23, 2023 at 6:11 pm

      It can be hiding in such tricky spots! GLad it can help though. 🙂


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