Green Enchilada Sauce

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    Green Enchilada Sauce Recipe

    You can’t have enchiladas for dinner without this Green Enchilada Sauce. It’s easy to make and full of Mexican flavor!

    green enchilada sauce in a glass container

    Homemade enchilada sauce doesn’t get any better than this Green Enchilada Sauce recipe. Fresh and delicious, it’s perfect for topping any Mexican dish!

    A couple of weeks ago, we had an entire Mexican fiesta, complete with tacos, nachos and, of course, enchiladas. When we have Mexican at home, I like to go all out- there are just so many delicious dishes to choose from, that I usually make several. 

    green enchilada sauce ingredients in a saucepan

    So along with all of the other ingredients I needed for our in-home fiesta, I picked up a bottle of green enchilada sauce at the store to go with our enchiladas.

    Make sure you PIN Green Enchilada Sauce

    While the enchiladas were excellent (if I do say so myself,) the store bought sauce was kind of lackluster. It was missing something that I just couldn’t put my finger on. So in typical foodie fashion, I set out to make my own homemade enchilada sauce recipe.  

    homemade enchilada sauce ingredients on a wooden spoon

    Do you ever make your own condiments? I love making sauces and condiments at home because I know exactly what goes into them. Plus I can season and flavor them to my liking, unlike a store bought version.

    There are so many variations of green enchilada sauce. Different ingredients, some are smoked and others roasted. Or like mine, just straight up ingredients, simple and easy. This is a mix between my pork chile verde and tomatillo salsa.

    Smooth enchilada sauce

    Enchilada sauce doesn’t have to just be for enchiladas either. You can use it on smothered burritos, nachos, as a dipping sauce for tortilla chips or really as a topper on any delicious Mexican food dish. 

    Some call for roasting the onions, tomatillos, garlic and jalapeno. This extra step dramatically changes the flavor of your green enchilada sauce. While I love this flavor, I don’t have time for that. 

    homemade enchilada sauce in a glass jar

    To make this green enchilada sauce, you start by heating vegetable oil in a heavy-bottom pan over medium high heat. Next, add the tomatillos, jalapenos, garlic and onion and stir until softened (about 5-8 minutes.)

    Once softened, add in the cumin, chicken broth, green chiles and cilantro and simmer for about five minutes. Then with an immersion blender, blend the sauce until it is smooth.

    smooth green enchilada sauce in a wooden spoon

    Next, you’ll want to mix the cornstarch with a small amount of water (to prevent clumps) and then add it to the enchilada sauce mixture. Whisk it all together until the sauce begins to thicken.

    Once your sauce reaches a consistency that you like, mix in the lime juice and honey. And that’s it! You can serve this sauce right away, or save it for later use.

    Close up of green sauce

    If you want to do a roasted enchilada sauce, instead of softening the vegetables in the sauce pan, place them on a baking sheet at 350 for about 20-30 minutes, or until they are softened. Turn the broiler on high for 2-3 minutes or until they start to char to finish them off. Transfer the vegetables to a heavy bottom saucepan and pick up at step two.

    You can also make Christmas style enchiladas or smothered burritos by using half red enchilada sauce and half green enchilada sauce! 

    Overhead of green sauce

    Questions you might have about how to make green enchilada sauce: 

    Is green enchilada sauce gluten free? My recipe for green enchilada is gluten free! While most use flour, I use cornstarch, a natural gluten free thickener. You can also use arrowroot.

    Can I make enchilada sauce without cilantro? You sure can. Nearly 50% of the population have an  identifiable gene that makes cilantro taste like dirt or soap. Just omit it and you’ll still have a delicious green enchilada sauce.

    green enchilada sauce pouring over burritos

    Do I need to use an immersion blender or food processor? I would highly suggest it, but if you don’t, you’ll still get all the flavors, just with a little more texture. I would recommend finely mincing all the vegetables instead of a rough chop if this is your plan.

    However, if you aren’t doing this because you don’t have one or either of these appliances, I highly suggest purchasing one or both. They are my cheapest and most highly used kitchen tools! See links below for the ones I use. 

    Do I need to peel the skin off my tomato? For this enchilada sauce recipe, I leave them on, but you are welcome to peel them if you’d like. Check out my tutorial and video on How to Peel a Tomato!

    I want to make my homemade enchilada sauce spicy! I hear ya, if my nose doesn’t have sweat beads, it isn’t spicy enough. If you’d like to amp up the spice, simply add a couple more jalapenos!

    Can I freeze green enchilada sauce? You sure can! Follow my easy steps for freezing and keep it good for up to 6 months! 

    Green enchilada sauce for pinterest

    If you liked this green sauce recipe, check out these other homemade sauces:

    Tools for making Green Enchilada Sauce:

    Heavy Bottom Sauce Pan– this will be one of your most used kitchen tools. Having something that is heavy bottom will distribute heat better and prevent burning whether you are using an electric or gas range. 

    Mini Food Processor– I use this thing daily! It is by far my most used kitchen appliance, it is small and I throw all the parts into the dishwasher, well except the base and cord, of course!

    Immersion Blender– Also known as a stick blender, these are excellent for processing food while still in the cooking vessel. great for soups and sauce.  

    Green enchilada sauce in a jar

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    homemade enchilada sauce in a glass jar
    Green Enchilada Sauce
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    35 mins
     

    Homemade enchilada sauce doesn't get any better than this Green Enchilada Sauce recipe. Fresh and delicious, it's perfect for topping any Mexican dish!

    Course: Sauce
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: green enchilada sauce, homemade enchilada sauce
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 39 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 2 tomatillos , roughly chopped and and cored
    • 3 garlic cloves , peeled and roughly chopped
    • 1/2 white onion , chopped
    • 1 jalapeno , seeded and chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 12 ounces diced green chiles , canned
    • 2 tablespoons cilantro , chopped and optional
    • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
    Instructions
    1. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan over medium-high heat.

    2. Add tomatillos, garlic, onion and jalapeno. Stir until ingredients have softened, about 5-8 minutes.

    3. Add cumin, chicken broth, diced green chiles and cilantro. Bring to a low simmer, about 5 minutes.

    4. Using an immersion blender (stick blender), blend sauce until smooth.

    5. Whisk cornstarch with a small amount of water, adding to to enchilada sauce. and whisking until sauce starts to thicken.

    6. When sauce reaches desired texture, whisk in lime juice and honey or agave nectar.

    7. Serve immediately or store for later.

    8. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

    Recipe Notes

    If you want to do a roasted enchilada sauce, instead of softening the vegetables in the sauce pan. Place them on a baking sheet at 350 for about 20-30 minutes, or until they are softened. Turn the broiler on high for 2-3 minutes or until they start to char to finish them off.

    Nutrition Facts
    Green Enchilada Sauce
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 39 Calories from Fat 18
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 2g 3%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Sodium 258mg 11%
    Potassium 145mg 4%
    Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 2g
    Protein 1g 2%
    Vitamin A 1.7%
    Vitamin C 12.7%
    Calcium 2.1%
    Iron 3.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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