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Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas

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Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas is a delicious simple and easy Mexican sauce recipe. Made with roasted peppers and spices for a quick sauce. Perfect to use on enchiladas or burritos and tacos.
Top view of Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas in a bowl with a small wood spoon

This easy Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas is a delicious twist for enchilada night! Made with just a few ingredients and tons of flavor, this sauce will be one of your new favorites!

Top view of Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas in a bowl with a small wood spoon

Why You Will Love This Recipe

I grew up with enchiladas being a go-to for dinner. We love our Mexican food!

While a Red Enchilada Sauce is the classic, and something I love, once in a while I want to shake it up with something different!

Most green enchilada sauce recipes are made with tomatillos. The tomatillo version is great, and I even make it myself! My Roasted Poblano Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas, or “the green enchiladas,” have become a fan favorite and are commonly requested.

And while it is delicious, I always wanted to find a green enchilada sauce recipe that highlighted peppers instead of tomatillos.

I chose to use Hatch chile peppers because I am just obsessed with them. They have an amazing flavor and come in various heat levels.

You could also use poblanos or anaheims (which are a variation of Hatch).

This sauce is just perfect on our Creamy Chicken Enchiladas!

Close view of Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas in a bowl

Ingredients

Here is what you need to make this enchilada sauce:

  • Green Chiles (heat of choice)
  • Yellow Onion
  • Jalapeno (optional)
  • Vegetable Stock (or chicken stock)
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Dried Oregano
  • Flour or Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Oil

Equipment

In order to make this recipe, you also need:

  • Blender
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Spatula

What are Hatch Chile Peppers?

These peppers are named after the town they originated in: Hatch, New Mexico.

They are long, somewhat thin, light green peppers.

If you are familiar with Anaheim peppers, they actually are very similar! Anaheim peppers were taken from Hatch to Anaheim, California and grown to be incredibly mild with very little heat.

The Hatch Chile Green Sauce on Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Instruction Overview

First sauté the onion, hatch peppers, and jalapeno with some spices.

This step helps the flavors develop instead of just throwing it all in a blender from the start!

Then blend the pepper mixture.

Make a roux with the flour and more oil to help thicken the sauce.

Add the blended mixture into the roux and cook a few minutes.

Then use as needed for your recipe! It is perfect with our Creamy Chicken Enchiladas!

Modifications and Substitutions

Keep it mild by using mild heat peppers. Or make it spicy with hot peppers and/or hot sauce.

Make this sauce gluten free by using about 3/4 Tablespoon of cornstarch instead of flour.

A small spoon scooping Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas out of a bowl

Kim’s Tips

This sauce is perfect for enchiladas, but is also amazing on tacos, smothering a burrito, or as a sauce to add to your favorite Mexican foods!

FAQs

Are Hatch peppers hot?

They can be. I prefer to stick with mild peppers because you get amazing flavor, and can use a lot of it, without the heat being too high.
But you can use any heat level you prefer.
The sauce on its own will taste hotter than when you have it added to a recipe like enchiladas or a smothered burrito.

Is green enchilada sauce and salsa verde the same thing?

Not quite. Enchilada sauce tends to have liquid (such as stock) added to it, and it is typically baked in the dish.
A salsa verde is blended ingredients, without stock, typically without cooking.
But otherwise, you will find many of the same ingredients depending on the recipe.

What is so special about Hatch chiles?

These peppers have an amazing balance of sweetness, heat, and flavor. When you eat something with these peppers, it is special!
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Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas

Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas is a delicious simple and easy Mexican sauce recipe. Made with roasted peppers and spices for a quick sauce. Perfect to use on enchiladas or burritos and tacos.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Keto/Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1.5 cups
Calories: 268kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil.
    2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • When the oil is hot, add the onion and jalapeno. Sautee until onion is translucent, 3-5 minutes.
    ½ cup yellow onion, 1 jalapeno
  • Add the garlic, green chiles, cumin, salt, and oregano. Cook until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
    4 cloves garlic, 8 ounces diced green chiles, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Transfer the green chile and onion mixture to a blender. Add the stock. Blend until smooth.
    1 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • In the pot, heat the remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil. Add the flour and stir to combine.
    1 ½ Tablespoons flour, 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Add the green chile mixture back into the pot. Stir and cook 3-5 minutes until the sauce has slightly thickened.

Notes

This could be done with an immersion blender as well. Simply add the flour to the onions in step 3 when you add the garlic etc. Then add the stock, blend, and then simmer. But I do find that a blender gives me a smoother texture than an immersion blender.
You can skip the flour, but I like the thickness it brings to the sauce. It can also be swapped for 3/4 Tablespoon of cornstarch to make it gluten free.
The sauce will taste a little spicy on its own, which mellows out when you add it to enchiladas etc. Adjust the heat as desired up or down.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup (2/3 recipe) | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2512mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 808IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg

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By on February 6th, 2023

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1 thought on “Hatch Chile Green Sauce for Enchiladas”

  1. I made this but we like a creamy sour cream sauce on Our chicken enchiladas so I added some sour cream and cream cheese to give it a fuller creamier texture and flavor. It was wonderful.

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