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Green Chili Sauce

August 9, 2019 (Last Updated: November 3, 2019)

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Delicious green chili sauce made with tomatillos, green chilies and onions. Use this as a green enchilada sauce or as a green salsa eaten with chips.

A spoonful of green chili sauce.

This green chili sauce is an amazing burst of flavor.  This is a green chili sauce but is also called a green enchilada sauce or a green salsa and trust me,  it is delicious used in every way.

What ingredients do you need to make green chili sauce?

This recipe uses Anaheim peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatillos, onions, garlic, cilantro, salt, pepper, cumin, fresh oregano and a broth – either chicken or vegetable. 

Anaheim peppers, tomatoillos, onion and garlic arranged on a wooden cutting board.

What is a tomatillo?

Tomatillos are a fruit that resembles a tomato. The tomatillos are naturally wrapped in a thin husk and are often picked and used while still green. The husks come off easily and the tomatillo is covered with a slightly sticky film which can rinsed off. Tomatillos are fairly firm and less watery than a tomato. Bon Appetit has a great article if you want to learn more!

Fresh tomatillo with paper husk pulled back from the fruit.

What type of peppers do I use?

I used Anaheim and jalapeno peppers. I like the taste and I just used one jalapeno so the sauce is mild. If you want a little more spice, you can add more  jalapenos. You can also use poblano peppers if those are available. If fresh peppers aren’t available you can use canned roasted peppers. 

How do I make green chili sauce?

  1. Roast the peppers on a grill. You might want to check out how to roast chili peppers for more detailed instructions.Roasted peppers on a grill.
  2. Place peppers in a paper bag with top rolled down. This allows the peppers to steam and you can easily remove the skin after approximately 10 minutes. 
  3. Roast onions, garlic and tomatillos in the oven. A baking tray with tomatillos, onions and garlic.
  4. Chop onion and tomatillos into large chunks and add to a food processor. Chop off top of garlic and squeeze to remove garlic. Add roasted peppers, cilantro, salt and pepper and broth.
    A food processor bowl filled with onions, peppers and tomatillos.
  5. Pulse food processor until mixture is coarse. You don’t want any large chunks left, but you do want some texture to the sauce. Chopped tomatillos, peppers and onions in a food processor.
  6. Place mixture into a large sauce pan over medium heat. When mixture begins to simmer, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.  Green Enchilada Sauce in a sauce pan.

Why do you roast the veggies?

Roasting the tomatillos, onions and garlic helps intensify the flavors.

What equipment do I need?

You will need a food processor or a good blender to make this sauce. 

How do I use this sauce?

This sauce is delicious used as a salsa dipped with tortilla chips. It’s also perfect to use an enchilada sauce or drizzled over tacos. 

Tips for making a tasty green chili sauce

  • Use caution when handling chili peppers. The heat from the peppers can burn sensitive areas (like your eyes) if you touch the peppers to your hands and then to another area.
  • If you don’t have fresh oregano, just use a small pinch of dried oregano.
  • If the sauce becomes too dry while simmering, just a bit more broth or water.

Green sauce in a white bowl and in two glass canning jars.

Can I freeze this sauce?

Yes, this sauce can be frozen. I often freeze in one cup portions so I can pull out just the amount that I need. 

What is the difference between red chili sauce and green chili sauce?

Red chili sauce is made with dried chilies, often dried chili powder. Green chili sauce is made with fresh chilies. 

Other Great Recipes using Chilies

Don’t forget to PIN for later!A spoon filled with green chili sauce over a bowl filled with the same sauce.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 5 votes
A spoonful of green chili sauce.
Green Chili Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Sauce made with chilies, tomatillos, onions and seasonings.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chili sauce, green enchilada sauce
Servings: -3 cups
Calories: 53 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 3 Anaheim peppers
  • 1 pound tomatillos about 5 tomatillos, remove husks
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 large onion halved
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup broth chicken or vegetable
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh oregano
Instructions
  1. Place, tomatillos, garlic and onion on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

  2. Roast peppers on a grill until blackened on all sides. Place peppers in a paper bag with top folded closed for 10 minutes.

  3. Remove seeds and any charred skin from the peppers.

  4. Roughly chopped roasted veggies and add to a food processor. Add cilantro, salt and pepper and broth. Pulse until mixture is coarsely chopped.

  5. Place mixture in a large sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

  6. Stir in ground cumin and fresh oregano.

  7. Remove from heat and allow sauce to cool.

Recipe Notes

Tips for making Green Chili Sauce

  • Use caution when handling chili peppers. The heat from the peppers can burn sensitive areas (like your eyes) if you touch the peppers to your hands and then to another area.
  • If you don't have fresh oregano, just use a small pinch of dried oregano.
  • If the sauce becomes too dry while simmering, just a bit more broth or water.
Nutrition Facts
Green Chili Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 53 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 335mg15%
Potassium 186mg5%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 153IU3%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    August 12, 2019 at 4:37 am

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious, Kathy! I love green chili salsa, so I’m sure I would love this sauce, too! Tomatillos are such a fun ingredient. I’m thinking this sauce drizzled over grilled chicken would make for an excellent meal!

  • Reply
    Kankana Saxena
    August 11, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    I made something similar a few weeks back and it’s stocked up in my refrigerator. Works as a great dip but we also love it on taco.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 11, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Perfect as a dip or spooned over tacos!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    August 10, 2019 at 12:18 am

    5 stars
    Another delicious condiment, Kathy! Again, I can think of so much to serve this with! It just sounds lovely!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    August 9, 2019 at 10:29 am

    5 stars
    This is exactly the type of thing I like to have at the ready in my fridge. It’s great on so many different things!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 9, 2019 at 10:43 am

      I agree!

  • Reply
    Judy
    August 9, 2019 at 6:53 am

    5 stars
    I want to make this recipe. Looks yummy

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 9, 2019 at 7:05 am

      It has a lot of flavor!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 9, 2019 at 6:12 am

    5 stars
    I love homemade sauces like this one Kathy. Great to have in the frige for all sorts of recipes!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 9, 2019 at 6:47 am

      It really is so full of flavor!

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