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Green Enchilada Sauce Recipe
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Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce with Roasted Tomatillos - Recipe

Get your enchiladas ready with this homemade green enchilada sauce recipe made with fresh tomatillos, jalapenos, serranos and poblano peppers, from scratch in your own kitchen.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: enchilada, Mexican, sauce, tomatillos
Servings: 4
Calories: 83kcal


  • 1 pound tomatillos
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon spicy chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Juice from 1 lime


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Peel and rinse the tomatillos. Chop them in half and set them skin sides up onto a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  • Slice all of the peppers in half lengthwise and set them onto the baking sheet. You might need more than one sheet. Also, remove the innards of the poblano before placing them.
  • Add the garlic to the baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the pepper skins are nice and charred. You can also broil them, but don't set them too close to the heat source. Remove from heat and let everything cool a bit.
  • Peel the skins from the peppers, if desired, and add to a food processor with tomatillos. Squeeze the garlic from their skins and into the food processor they go.
  • Add cilantro, cumin, chili powder and salt and pepper. 
  • Process to combine.
  • Add chicken broth and lime juice and process until smooth.
  • Pour the green enchilada sauce into a pan or a pot and simmer for 5-10 minutes or so to let the flavors fully develop.



As a variation, squeeze in a bit of lime juice for a fresh citrus blast. Use this with your next enchilada recipe, of course, but it has other uses, too. Think soups, stews, and casseroles. I like a good multi-purpose sauce. Enjoy!


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1059IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg