Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce

5 from 6 reviews

Quick and easy Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce made with tomatillos, peppers, onion, and cilantro that is packed with flavor and freezes well too.

Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce, One Pan Chicken Enchilada Casserole and Easy Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake are some great enchilada recipes to start with.

I adore all things Tex-Mex/Mexican/Southwest in flavor and that includes all things enchilada. I often want to turn taco night into enchilada night but what holds me back is the lack of enchilada sauce. I don’t keep it on hand and I don’t normally think of it when I’m at the store. This has caused me to find the best and easiest green enchilada sauce and I’m so glad that I have! You won’t believe how easy making this sauce is.

Easy Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce Recipe (made in the blender!)

Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce

You might need to put a few extra ingredients on your shopping list this week (hello, tomatillos), but they are worth finding. This sauce is delicious on so many things and you are going to find yourself making it again and again. You just chuck everything in the blender, blend until smooth, and then cook that mixture on the stove-top until it has thickened and the flavor has developed. There’s nothing to it! The flavor and texture are excellent, it’s easy to make at home, and it also freezes really well. I always make a double batch of this recipe while I’m at it and freeze half for later use. You won’t believe how easy and delicious this one is! Happy Enchilada Making to you!

Easy Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce Recipe (made in the blender!)

How long does enchilada sauce last?

Keep leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. When tomatillos and peppers are in season, late in the summer, I always make large batches to freeze for later in the winter.

What else can I use green enchilada sauce for?

This is one of those magic sauces that is so much more than a green enchilada sauce. Use it as a marinade for chicken and pork chops (I just add a little chicken stock or water to thin it out), cook your protein in it for tacos (pressure cooker or slow cooker both work great), or add a little olive oil to it to make a delicious salad dressing. It’s so full of flavor – put it on everything!

How do I pick the best tomatillos?

When buying tomatillos pick ones that have green soft husks and no blemishes.

Quick and easy green enchilada sauce made with tomatillos, peppers, onion, and cilantro that is packed with flavor and freezes well too.

Easy Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


Quick and easy green enchilada sauce made with tomatillos, peppers, onion, and cilantro that is packed with flavor and freezes well too.



  • 23 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 56 cloves garlic
  • 24 Anaheim peppers, chopped
  • 12 jalepenos, seeded
  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatillos, husked and cut in half
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock


  1. Place all of the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. (If the jar of your blender doesn’t fit it all, add all of the ingredients except for the chicken stock. Add only enough stock to allow the blender to process everything until smooth. Add the rest of the stock to the pan before cooking)
  2. Add the blended mixture to a large pot. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30 minutes. If the sauce is thicker than you like, add a little more chicken stock.
  3. Serve inside burritos or pour it over enchiladas for a smothered styled meal. I also use this as part of my liquid in tortilla soup and chili!
  4. Freeze any extras for later use or make a double batch to keep some on hand in the freezer.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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Ways to use homemade green enchilada sauce:

Easy Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce Recipe (made in the blender!)I really like to make this steak carnita meat (you can really use any kind of meat! This is an awesome go-to recipe) in my enchiladas! It has a whole lot of flavor and is so easy to make in the slow cooker. If red enchilada sauce is more your thing you can find my homemade red enchilada sauce recipe here. It’s also super easy and freezers very well.

I hope this quick and easy Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce makes your dinner just a little easier and as tasty as ever! Enjoy!

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19 Responses
  1. Jen

    I roasted all the vegetables and threw in blender. Added lime juice and oregano. Only 2 cups chicken stock. No need to boil down if roasting. Very good.

    1. Melissa

      You do not have to roast them though it is extra delicious if you do. It’s really up to do you if you want to add that extra step!

  2. Holly G.

    With only 2 reviews I took a chance since it sounded easy. This was really good! Not too spicy with 1 jalapeño. Not too salty like the canned sauces. And it was very quick and easy. Definitely a keeper! Thank you!

  3. Andy Braasch

    Great flavor, but a word of caution — start with just 2C chicken stock or less and try it before deciding whether you really want to add the rest. My sauce was wayyyy too runny and 30 minutes was not nearly enough to boil it down. Anyway I think the tomatillos and peppers should be the emphasis of this sauce

    1. I really don’t know. But I’m on team, when it doubt, pressure can it. I’m sure you could pressure can it, but I’d have it tested (for free!) at your local extension office to see if it can be hot water bathed. It would be really nice if you could though wouldn’t it!

  4. Justina

    Thank you so much for this recipe! You have turned me into an enchilada sauce snob, lol! I will NOT make enchiladas without this sauce.

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