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Green Chile Sauce Recipe

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You will love our Homemade Green Chile Sauce recipe. It is a zesty blend of fire-roasted chiles, tomatillos, and perfect spices. This sauce adds a burst of Southwestern goodness in every bite.


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If you have only ever used red enchilada sauce, you are missing out on the perfect flavors of green chile sauce.

Green chile sauce is a wonderful sauce with delicious flavor that everyone should make.

It is a versatile sauce that can be used in all your favorite green sauce Mexican dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and burritos.

But it also is perfect for grilled meats and roasted vegetables.

Made with fresh chiles or canned green chile peppers, you get a perfect blend of flavors that will satisfy even the pickiest eater.

This is one of those great sauces that seems restaurant quality, but is so easy even a first time chef can make it.

All it takes is a quick simmer and a good blender or food processor to get a perfectly smooth green sauce for burritos or any other future use.


All ingredients laid out on counter for Green Chile Sauce


What Ingredients Are in Green Chile Sauce?

  • White Onion: gives a sweet and savory base to the sauce.
  • Garlic Cloves: adds a rich flavor that makes your house smell amazing.
  • Fresh Tomatillos: give a tangy and slightly citrusy taste and color to the green burrito sauce.
  • Fire-Roasted Green Chiles: chili peppers are the star of the sauce! Be sure to choose your heat level if you are purchasing canned green chilies. You can choose mild, medium, or hot.
  • Chicken Broth: brings out the savory flavors of the sauce.
  • Salt: makes everything in the sauce work together and have great flavor
  • Dried Oregano: adds a slightly sweet earthy note to the dish
  • Cumin: the key ingredient in all my favorite Mexican dishes
  • Cilantro: freshens and brightens the sauce.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a zesty, citrusy finish to the burrito green sauce.
  • Cornstarch: thickens the green chile sauce for burritos.
  • Olive Oil: used to saute the vegetables.

Pro Tip: For a special sauce, use hatch chiles to make a hatch green chile sauce. They have a medium heat but also a great specific flavor. 

If you do not have hatch chile peppers at your local grocery store, you can try to find a special hatch chile store or you can just make regular green chile sauce which is perfectly delicious without the special New Mexico green chile.


Onions and garlic cooked in a soup pot


How to Make Green Chile Sauce:

  1. Sauté onions and garlic for a flavorful base.
  2. Place tomatillos in a pot and boil until skins split, then puree.
  3. Combine pureed tomatillos, onions, garlic, chiles, broth, and spices.
  4. Simmer flavors together.
  5. Add cornstarch mixture and simmer to thicken.
  6. Blend with cilantro and lime juice and salt to taste.
  7. Enjoy your homemade Green Chile Sauce!

Pro Tip: Use gluten-free chicken broth to make a gluten free salsa verde.


Tomatillos in a pot before water added


How to Use Green Chile Sauce:

Use green chile sauce exactly like you would use any salsa or homemade green enchilada sauce.

Drizzle it over enchiladas, tacos, or grilled meats. Mix it into rice, eggs, soups, or stews for a great flavor twist.

Create dips for tortilla chips and veggie sticks or use it as a marinade for Southwest-inspired meat.


cooked tomatillos in pow with skins ready to remove


What Recipes Can I Use Green Chile Sauce With:


onions, garlic, green chiles, chicken broth, salt, oregano and cumin added to cooked tomatillos


Is Green Chile Sauce the Same as Salsa Verde Sauce?

While they both share some ingredients, Green Chile Sauce usually involves cooking and has a richer, smoother texture, which is different from the raw, chunkier Salsa Verde. However, I have used them as substitutions for each other in recipes and most of the time, it is not super significant.

Pro Tip: Read the recipe. If you are using a sauce to smother enchiladas, a salsa will be too chunky. If you need chunky pieces to layer on a taco, you will use less sauce and more salsa.

Even though they are different, you may find you use them in similar ways and can substitute them in dishes.


blended tomatillo mixture


Is Green Chile Sauce Healthy?

Yes, green chile sauce is healthy!

This recipe is packed with fresh veggies and very little oil, which makes this sauce a healthier alternative to store-bought options. 

How to Store Green Chile Sauce:

Store green chile sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

It is perishable so you want to make sure you keep it properly stored so you can use leftover sauce when you need it.  


ladle scooping a portion of green chile sauce out of pot


How Long Does Green Chile Sauce Last?

Green Chile Sauce will last a week in this fridge when stored correctly.

But we never have a problem eating it sooner than that.

Can You Freeze Green Chile Sauce?

Yes you can freeze green chile sauce! Store it in the freezer in airtight containers for up to three months.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before using.


spoon scooping a portion of green chile sauce out of jar


Great Mexican Side Dishes You’ll Love…

Whether you need the best green chile sauce for your favorite Mexican food or just have too many tomatillos, this recipe is the perfect one to make now and store it for later use.


spoon scooping a portion of green chile sauce out of jar

Green Chile Enchilada Sauce

Yield: 4 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Green Chile Sauce is a versatile kick for your favorite dishes! Fresh ingredients, simple steps, and endless possibilities await.


  1. Heat olive oil in large pot or Dutch oven.
  2. Add chopped onions, sauté until translucent.
  3. Add garlic, cook for another minute or so until garlic is fragrant. Remove onion and garlic from pot.
  4. Add tomatillos to pot and cover with water.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until tomatillo skins start to split, about 10 minutes.
  6. Drain water, and puree tomatillos in food processor or blender.
  7. Add tomatillos back to pot, along with onions and garlic, green chiles, chicken broth, salt, oregano, and cumin. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and add to green chile and tomatillo mixture.
  9. Continue simmering for about 5 more minutes, allowing sauce to thicken.
  10. Add mixture back to food processor or blender, along with 1/4 cup cilantro, and lime juice. Add salt to taste.
  11. Blend well and store in a glass jar in the fridge.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 650mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

Originally Posted: June 21, 2017

Photos & Text Updated: May 1, 2024

This delicious Green Chile sauce recipe works great with enchiladas, smothered burritos, green chile stew, and other Mexican inspired dishes! Easy to make and healthy as well! Mexican | Green Chiles | Tomatillos | Green chile enchilada sauce | Sauces | Condiments | Gluten free


Monday 3rd of June 2024

Loved this! Great flavor and was so good on our tacos!


Friday 31st of May 2024

This sauce is a staple at my house now! It's like the perfect sauce for every dish! Love it!


Friday 31st of May 2024

I tried your Green Chile Sauce Recipe and it was incredible! The flavors were so rich and authentic. I used it over enchiladas, and it took the dish to a whole new level. This is definitely going to be a regular in my kitchen.

Amanda Batcher

Thursday 30th of May 2024

This recipe is so full of flavor and I will definitely be making again very soon!


Thursday 30th of May 2024

The flavor in this recipe is fantastic! I wil definitely be making again very soon!

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