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Green Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Lil' Luna
Homemade green enchilada sauce is perfect for pouring over cheesy enchiladas. Filled with just a little spice and plenty of cilantro flavor.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 183 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra-virgin
  • 1/2 red onion minced
  • 5 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 green bell peppers chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeños seeded (or 1 tsp. canned chopped jalapenos)
  • 1 1/2 lb tomatillos husked and quartered (about 14 tomatillos)
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2-3 tbsp sugar


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot or pan and saute onions and garlic until tender.
  • While onions are sauteeing, add tomatillos to the blender and blend. Add green peppers, jalapeno peppers and cilantro the blender and process until most clumps are out. Add the sauteed onions and garlic and process until mostly smooth.
  • Pout the tomatillo mixture into a large pot. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and sugar. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • At this point, there will still be some clumps, so add this back to your food processor or blender and puree in batches until smooth.
  • The sauce can also be simmered in a slow cooker on LOW for 3-4 hours or on HIGH for 2 hours.


Serving: 4gCalories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1740mgPotassium: 833mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 559IUVitamin C: 91mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Green Enchilada Sauce, Green Enchilada Sauce Recipe
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