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Green Enchilada Sauce

Green Enchilada Sauce

Use chiles called Big Jims--long, green chiles (also known as New Mexican chiles) that are very common in the Southwest. If you can't find them, use Anaheims or another mild chile such as a poblano. If you want the sauce spicier, add a diced jalapeño or serrano chile.

This recipe goes with Green-Sauced Chicken Enchiladas

Cooking Light MARCH 2000

  • Yield: 3 cups (serving size: 3/4 cup)


  • 12 long green chiles or Anaheim chiles (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced


Preheat oven to 450°.

Place chiles on a foil-lined baking sheet; bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until blackened, turning once. Place chiles in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and let stand 10 minutes. Peel; discard seeds and membranes. Cut chiles into thin strips. Place chiles and remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.


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