Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  69
  • Protein  1 g
  • Carbohydrates  5 g
  • Fat  5 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  105 mg
  • Potassium  153 mg
  • Phosphorus  15 mg
  • Calcium  22 mg
  • Fiber  0.3 g

Enchilada Sauce

DaVita dietitians, Kara and Maria from Arizona, have put together a regional menu of favorite foods from the Southwest. This dialysis-friendly recipe for Enchilada Sauce features the ingredients that are plentiful in the American Southwest.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Kara from Arizona.

Portions: 6 (recipe makes 1-1/2 cups sauce)     Serving size: 1/4 cup


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 14 ounces low-sodium canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


    1. Drain tomatoes.
    2. Heat oil in skillet. Stir in diced tomatoes, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder and salt. 
    3. In a small cup, mix together cornstarch with 1/2 cup water. Stir until smooth. 
    4. Add the cornstarch mixture to hot tomatoes while stirring to blend well. 
    5. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened. 
    6. Taste and add more chili powder if desired.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Prepare sauce 2 to 3 days ahead and refrigerate. Use for a quick enchilada meal later in the week.
  • When eating a dish prepared with this sauce, count as a replacement for 1 vegetable to keep potassium in balance if you are following a low-potassium diet.
  • Regular canned enchilada sauces contain 150 to 400 mg sodium per 1/4 cup.

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Enchilada Sauce

iowagirl says:


From what I know, many traditional enchilada sauces are made without any tomatoes. Canned Las Palmas enchilada sauce is an example although it is too high in sodium. I make my own sauce with dried chiles.

Oct. 12, 2014, 4:28 PM - Inappropriate review?

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SaraO says:


I probably would have rated the recipe as written lower than this. We modified the recipe based on other reviewer comments, our preferences, and what my diet would allow. Our version was slightly higher in potassium. We used a huge glove of garlic instead of garlic powder. We omitted the salt. We used 2 scant teaspoons of chili powder and added 1 teaspoon of cumin. We could probably increase the chili powder and cumin more.

Oct. 02, 2014, 4:59 PM - Inappropriate review?

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enterlinesd04 says:


This one really missed the mark for us. Something was definitely missing, so I looked up other enchilada sauce recipes and they all call for cumin. I will add some next time. Also, the enchiladas were very dry.

Nov. 25, 2013, 3:51 PM - Inappropriate review?

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jllamas says:


i'm new to kidney disease my mom just started dialysis and i've been searching to find a good cook book that will help me make better choices for her. Can anyone help. I thought tomatoes were a no no

Jun. 20, 2012, 12:17 PM - Inappropriate review?

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frank74nflo68 says:


Im confused I thought tomatoes were not allowed on the menu Moderator comment: It's all about balance and portion size. If your potassium is well controlled you can include small amounts of tomato and tomato products on a low potassium diet.1/4 cup of this sauce is equal to having one serving of vegetables so you would count this as one of the vegetable choices in your meal plan.

May. 20, 2012, 4:45 PM - Inappropriate review?

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cocochloe says:


Bore no resemblance to any enchilada sauce I've ever had. All I could taste were tomatoes. Did not make enough to adequately cover the chicken enchiladas. Would not recommend.

Feb. 20, 2012, 8:46 AM - Inappropriate review?

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reno says:


hi I cant have any Red sauce or tomatoes what Can I use instead ? Moderator comment: Check out the Sauces and Seasoning recipes on You could make a white sauce with the White Gravy recipe or try Chimichurri Sauce or one of the Salsa recipes as a replacement for the red sauce.

Oct. 30, 2011, 7:37 AM - Inappropriate review?

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kfarrowatl says:


Used tomatillos instead of tomatoes. Rich and flavorful sauce. Moderator comment: tomatillos are a bit higher in potassium but still acceptable. This substitution will add about 40 mg potassium per 1/4 cup serving.

Oct. 22, 2011, 4:14 PM - Inappropriate review?

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areu1too says:


good, fast, and easy!

Aug. 19, 2011, 8:57 AM - Inappropriate review?

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