Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

by Kimberly Hickok

We don’t go out for Mexican a lot. Mostly because Mark isn’t a huge fan of Mexican cuisine. When we do go out, I almost always order chicken enchiladas with green sauce. My friend Jen showed me how to make chicken enchiladas using fresh ingredients – including the green sauce. Mark is now a fan.

No disrespect to the canned sauce, but WOW what a difference in taste when you make your own sauce. It’s definitely worth the effort and makes enough for two 13×9 casseroles which is plenty for a party OR enough to eat right away and freeze for another meal or two.

The sauce couldn’t be easier to make. Roast tomatillos, poblanos, onions, jalapenos and garlic that are tossed with some olive oil and salt until tender.

Ready to roast

Ready to roast

Once the ingredients are soft, process with a handful of cilantro. Add salt as needed. That’s it. Couldn’t be easier.

Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

This is the sauce you’ll use to dip the lightly fried tortillas in for your enchiladas. This sauce is great for huevos rancheros and chilaquiles too.

Roasted Tomatillo Sauce
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A recipe for green enchilada sauce using roasted tomatillos, poblanos, onions, jalapenos, garlic and cilantro.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8
  • 2 lbs. tomatillos, husked and halved
  • 3 poblanos, cut in thirds
  • 1½ medium onions, cut in quarters
  • 1 jalapeno, cut in half
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • cilantro
  1. Heat oven to 400F. Toss the vegetables, except for the cilantro, in some olive oil and salt.
  2. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender, about 40 minutes.
  3. Blend or puree in a food processor with the cilantro. Add salt to taste.


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1 comment

Jen's Chicken Enchiladas - Kimversations January 24, 2017 - 3:47 pm

[…] There are a few things I should tell you first. The secret is in the sauce. It really is. If you’re going to go through the effort of making these enchiladas, I strongly encourage you to make the sauce from scratch. The recipe for the Roasted Tomatillo Sauce is here. […]


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