Green Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce that is made for smothering Mexican dishes! My Green Enchilada Sauce is perfect for smothering your burritos, enchiladas, or any Mexican dish!

First of all, lets talk about my love for Mexican Food! Of all the different cuisines Mexican Food is at the top! I love the spices, the combination of flavors, the delicious sides, and sauces. I can think of nothing better than a warm smothered burrito, with a side of smooth and creamy refried beans and toasty, fluffy Mexican Rice! And don’t forget the crispy crunch of tortilla chips dipped in fresh salsa! How can you not LOVE Mexican Food!?!

I don’t have just one dish that I love more than another! I love burritos, enchiladas, rolled tacos/flautas, nachos, salads…you name it, I will eat it! And if my Mexican dish just happened to be smothered in a sauce, even better! Do I have a preference of a red sauce or green sauce? NOPE! I don’t discriminate, I love them all!

This Green Enchilada Sauce is crazy good! It is simple in flavor, which you can totally adjust to you liking, and comes together in a short time! It has just a bit of heat but tastes fresh and compliments any Mexican dish! We love it smothered on burritos, use it for our enchiladas, mix up in rolled taco filling, or smother our chimichangas with it!

Making Green Enchilada Sauce that is made for smothering Mexican Dishes

To make Green Enchilada Sauce you only need a few ingredients. Some diced green chilis (canned), bottled Salsa Verde (Green Salsa), chicken broth, some sugar, salt and cumin. That is it! Yes, you can buy Green Enchilada Sauce but I promise, this flavor is unbelievably fresh and the seasonings are perfection! If you prefer a bit more spice and heat you can try using a medium heat or hot heat Salsa Verde and green chilis, or a combo of both!

Just mix the ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring the sauce to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the sauce simmer until it reduces down and thickens a bit, which takes about 20 minutes! You can adjust the flavors to your liking as it is simmers. ***Wait to “salt to taste” until AFTER the sauce has reduced/simmered down.

After it has reduced down (some of the liquid has cooked off of it), then you are ready to eat! Salt to taste as desired, and smother those burritos and enchiladas and enjoy!

This recipe makes about 2 cups of Enchilada Sauce depending on how long you let the sauce simmer and how much it reduces.

Green Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce is made for smothering Mexican dishes! Give this recipe a try and you will not be disappointed!

If you are love a good Red Enchilada sauce, try mine! Click HERE for the recipe!

For a delicious Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken to stuff inside a burrito (to smother with your Green Enchilada sauce) click HERE!

If you are wanting to make some delicious Fast and Easy Chicken Enchiladas (using this Green Enchilada Sauce) click HERE!

Green Enchilada Sauce

Green Enchilada Sauce is made for smothering! It is perfect for smothering your burritos, enchiladas, or served with any Mexican dish!
This recipe makes about 2 cups cups of Enchilada Sauce
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) chicken broth
  • 1 cups Salsa Verde (green salsa *mild, unless you want more heat
  • 1 7 oz. can diced green chilis, with the juice *mild, unless you want more heat
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • salt to taste, add AFTER the sauce has simmered/reduced down


  • Mix all ingredients except the salt, in a medium sized saucepan or skillet. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let the sauce simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced down slightly (cooked out) and the sauce has thickened a bit.
  • Salt the enchilada sauce to taste, and mix well.
  • Smother over enchiladas, burritos or any Mexican dish.


You can use Medium or Hot green chilis or Salsa Verde if you want the sauce with more heat.  You can also use a combination of mild, medium and hot to your liking!
If you use this sauce for my Fast and Easy Chicken Enchiladas, make a double batch of this Green Enchilada Sauce.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.

Green Enchilada Sauce
Green Enchilada Sauce
Green Enchilada Sauce


  1. Hi, do u have a good recipe for retried beans? I love ur recipes!

    • Beth, The Butcher's Wife

      Hi Carolyn! Thank you so much!!! Here is my recipe (I will eventually get it on the blog)…it’s simple and easy!
      •1 can (28oz) pinto beans drained and rinsed
      •1/2 cup water
      •1/2 yellow onion diced fine
      •2 cloves garlic minced or 1tsp bottled/jar minced garlic
      •1/2 tsp chili powder
      •1/2tsp garlic powder
      •1/2tsp onion powder
      •1/2 tsp cumin
      •1/4 tsp ground oregano
      •pinch cayenne pepper
      •Salt and pepper to taste
      To make: in a medium/large saucepan add all of the ingredients and heat on medium heat until it starts to barely bubble, stirring occasionally. Cover and lower the heat to low and let simmer for 5-8 minutes. Then remove from heat and mash with a potato masher – if you want the refried beans smoother you can throw them into a blender or food processor or use a hand mixer to make them smoother! If they are too thick you can add a little bit of water to thin them out to your liking! And you can adjust the seasonings and flavor to your liking as well! Let me know how you like them! Thank you for liking my recipes and for the support!❤️😘

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