Main Dish | March 3, 2021

Green Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Cheesy, gooey delicious tangy green enchiladas are one of my favorite meals ever! I love them so much I need them on my meal planning menu more than what I can have eating out. So after several recipe testing sessions this is THEE BEST green enchilada sauce recipe ever!

messy, cheesy green green enchiladas in a pan


Tomatillos! the main ingredient for green enchilada sauce are tomatillos. You can find them at your local grocery store! I found mine by the tomatoes, but sometimes they can be by the peppers or even by the onions. They are like a small green tomatoes with a husk around it.


To prepare your fresh tomatillos for the sauce you’ll want to being by removing the husk and rinsing the tomatillos with water. Under the husk there is a sticky residue you will want to rub/rinse off.

close up shot of tomatillo

other ingredients in green enchilada sauce are:

  • onion
  • garlic
  • jalapeno
  • green chili’s
  • broth
  • and cumin

cilantro, cumin, salt, garlic onion, broth


Now that you have washed your tomatillos you’re ready for step one.

On a sheet pan place your tomatillos, jalapeño and onion in the oven on broil.You will want the pan fairly close to the burner so that it roasts the veggies and gives them a slightly charred skin.

tomatillos, onion, and jalapeños on sheet pan

After about 5-7 minutes flip your veggies and let it roast the opposite side for about 5-6 minutes.

tomatillos, onion, and jalapeños on sheet pan roasted

Dump all that goodness into a blender. Dump all the juices that seeped out during the cooking process too! DO NOT DISCARD it! 

roasted veggies in blender with juice

Now add your fresh cilantro, garlic, green chilis and spices.

cilantro, and cumin plus remaining ingredients added to blender

Blend until nice and smooth. Wasn’t that easy? Literally the easiest sauce in the world. You’ll never go back to buying canned again.

blended enchilada sauce


Now that your sauce is finished, you are ready to roll and up those enchiladas. I like to place a little enchilada sauce on the bottom of my pan, to help with sticking. Take your favorite flour or corn tortillas and add your favorite meats or cheese! Need some ideas? Try

rolled flour tortillas with shredded chicken inside

SMOTHER your enchiladas with the delicious green sauce. Cover the edges too!

Jar pouring green enchilada sauce over enchiladas

Cover the edges too!

enchiladas smothered in green enchilada sauce

Top with cheese. Of course.

enchiladas covered with mozzarella cheese

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until the middles are warm. I like to cover mine for the first 20 minutes so the cheese doesn’t get over cooked. I love to serve these with fresh onions, sour cream, creamy avocado! Whatever your taste buds love!

pan of enchiladas

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pan of enchiladas
Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

As easy as buying store bought enchiladas sauce! One you try this you'll never go back! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: green enchilada sauce recipe, green enchiladas
Servings: 12
Calories: 30 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 lbs tomatillos about 6-8 tomatillos
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeño 2 if you want a little kick
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cans green chilis small cans
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  1. Shuck and wash tomatillos
  2. Place under broiler for about 5-7  minutes, when one side starting to turn char, filp and add onion and jalapeño.

  3. Broil the opposite side for another 5-7 minutes till it is roasted.

  4. Take out and place all roasted ingredients including juices in blender. Add garlic, salt, chilis, cumin, cilantro and broth. Vent for the steam and blend till smooth.

  5. Allow the hot enchilada sauce to cool in blender all together.
  6. For flour tortillas fill with your favorite meat, roll and place in pan seam side down. 

    For corn tortillas: Prepare corn tortillas by dipping in hot oil and fill with your favorite filling. Suggestions : Shredded chicken and cheese, bean and cheese, shredded beef, sautéed shrimp, shredded pork. (often I cook the meat in the crock pot, this makes for a really fast meal preparation)

  7. Pour enchiladas sauce over prepared enchiladas
  8. Top with green enchilada sauce and cheese if desired.
  9. Place in oven at 350, and cook for about 20-30 minutes, or heated through. Top with Sour Cream.
Recipe Notes


To prepare your fresh tomatillos for the sauce you'll want to being by removing the husk and rinsing the tomatillos with water. Under the husk there is a sticky residue you will want to rub/rinse off. 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 c)
Calories 30
% Daily Value*
Sodium 439mg19%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 12.3mg15%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. These look delicious! Enchiladas are one of my family’s favorite food. I will be making these this week along with Carly’s mexi rice and nena’s black bean soup and lime salsa. Perfect combo for a perfect dinner!! Thank you for sharing!!