Favorite Green Chile Sauce
“Make mine all green,” that’s what I almost always order at my favorite Mexican haunts. I used to buy big cans of green enchilada sauce, but they are expensive, and not nearly as good as my Green Chile Sauce. I’m staking my reputation on yo’ mamacita’s gravy, I’ve had a lot of verde sauce, trust me, you won’t find better than this one!
Green Chile Sauce
Alison and I are excited about our new series, Cheery Basics. We will be sharing elemental recipes, essentially cooking 101. We hope you’ll check back often, watching for fast and easy additional ways to use these base recipes. Next week I will share my favorite way I use Green Chile Sauce all the time!
Green Chile Sauce is versatile, you most likely have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Our recipe yields 1 gallon of sauce. It’s just as easy to make a gallon of sauce as it is to make a quart. I like to ladle mine into 4 quart size zip-top bags, let it cool, label it and then freeze it. It should be used within 1 week if fresh, or 6 months if frozen.
Another good option, especially if you grow chilies in your garden, is to can it. It requires a pressure cooker, and a little education, but it’s not hard to do. Ladle your Green Chile Sauce into pint or half-pint canning jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Process in a pressure canner at 10 pounds of pressure for 35 minutes. If you live at an altitude above 1,000 feet, consult your canning book, or local extension office, for directions on increasing your pressure to suit your altitude.
Let’s get started, here’s what you need. Watch for canned green chilies, whole or diced on sale. Sometimes I buy bigger 16-ounce cans or smaller ones and just use the equivalent; 4 (4-ounce cans). It really does not matter, I make sure it’s the best buy.
Now for the prep, this is a job for my trusty 11 cup Cuisinart Food Processor I’ve had forever! I use it to chop my onions, garlic, and green chilies on the pulse cycle. I also add the flour and cornstarch to 3 cups of cold water, (always add cornstarch to cold water, that’s a basic rule), and stir it till it’s smooth. Set it aside.
In a large 7 quart dutch oven, over medium heat, sauté onion, chilies, and garlic in butter to soften. Next add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Add all of the spices and cornstarch-flour mixture and stir constantly until it’s thick and bubbly. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 minutes.
Cool and place in the refrigerator if you’ll be using it within a week, or add to freezer bags or jars to freeze or can.
Here’s the recipe.
- 4 onions, diced
- 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
- ½ cup butter, (1 stick)
- 2 (16-ounce) cans green chilies
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 1 Tablespoon pepper
- 1 Tablespoon red chile flakes
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons oregano
- 2 Tablespoons cumin
- 2-3 Tablespoons salt, (start with 2 and then add more!)
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, sauté all vegetables in butter to soften. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add pepper, red chile flakes, oregano, cumin, and salt.
- Mix flour and cornstarch in 3 cups of cold water, stirring well till smooth. Add it to the pot and cook, stirring constantly until the sauce is thick and bubbly.
- Set heat to low and cook for 10 minutes.
- Cool sauce and refrigerate, or ladle into freezer bags or canning jars.
I like to ladle 4 cups into quart freezer bags. Use frozen sauce within 6 months. Yields 4 quarts.
I hope you’ll love how I use this yummy sauce as much as I do. In the meantime, what do you prefer on all of your Mexican specialties, red or green sauce? I’d love to hear how you use it too.
Here’s my very favorite way to use Green Chile Sauce.
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Wow, you lay this out so wonderfully and with beautiful pictures! I will be checking back for more recipes for sure. Thanks for the tips!
Thanks Jen, it’s so great to have you here. It’s challenging to take “beautiful” pix of green chile sauce, but the recipe it a beauty for sure! Look forward to seeing you again soon.
I just finished my first batch! Perfect blend of spicy! Sure to be a family favorite!
Way to go! Thanks for your feedback. I hope you’re feeling super accomplished.
Loving this recipe. It looks delicious and I especially like that it can be made in large quantity and kept frozen 🙂
Cooking isn’t hard especially if you make enough sauce for 4 different meals. Thanks Jenine for checking out our kitchen!
Hi…if I’m reading the recipe correctly, it’s a total of 11 cups of liquid….is that correct? Also, I have never seen a green chile sauce recipe that called for flour and corn starch, and wonder how and why you came up with it. I have a bunch of fresh roasted Hatch Chiles that I froze, can they be used in place of the canned ones? Thanks in advance for your help.
Yes, you’re right, it’s 11 cups of liquid, plus 1/2 cup of butter. Essentially you are making a gravy and the thickening agent can be flour or cornstarch. I like to mix the two because I like it better. Flour has to be cooked longer to loose it’s raw flavor and is opaque and dull looking. Cornstarch yields a clear shiny sauce and has relatively no flavor. Cornstarch thickens quickly, so I recommend you lower the heat and allow it to cook for 10 minutes because of the flour. When you add flour and cornstarch I think it combines to both look and taste better and I often do it with gravy too. Try it, I hope you’ll be pleased.
About your frozen Hatch chiles, they will be wonderful and this is a great way to use them. If I had a source of fresh chiles, that would always be my first choice. I need to try growing some this next year and then roast and freeze them like you did. Thanks for your good questions. Let us know how it goes!