Easy Green Vegan Enchilada Sauce – fresh fire roasted peppers and tangy tomatillos bring the flavor to this mildly spicy homemade enchilada sauce recipe.
recipe originally published March 1, 2016
Easy Green Enchilada Sauce
I love a tangy, mildly spiced green sauce – it is my favorite for enchiladas and tamales. Enchilada sauce was one of those things I started making from scratch years ago – when I was in college. Sunday dinners with friends were all about cooking all afternoon – pretty much alternating from a scratch hollandaise and a verde sauce. Back then, we sauced everything.
Vegan Enchilada Sauce
My first try at this recipe was adapted from a Cooking Light magazine, using canned chiles. These days, if I am not using chiles direct from my suitcase after a trip to Santa Fe, I am using fresh – charred right on my cooktop.
Tomatillos are sometimes difficult to find, although I have been having more success lately. If I am unable to find them, I will add a few more fire roasted peppers. I like to add some Hatch chiles, to at least somewhat mimic that tart flavor of the tomatillo.
A classic enchilada ingredient, this is a tasty sauce to pour over tamales, or to make into a festive party dip like our Enchilada Dip.
However you use it, this homemade enchilada sauce is worth the effort.
- 1 pound fresh tomatillos
- 3 fresh poblano peppers
- 1 fresh jalapeño
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 3 tablespoons potato starch (or gluten free all purpose flour)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- Stem and peel tomatillos. Slice in half or quarters. Set aside.
- Place poblano and jalapeño peppers directly on gas burner over flame; using tongs, carefully turn after pepper is charred / blistered (3-4 minutes). Char all sides, remove from heat. Place in small bowl and cover with kitchen towel, allow to steam / cool for 10 minutes. Once cooled, peel charred skins from peppers. Slice lengthwise, removing seeds and stem.
- In saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Once translucent and softened, add potato starch, salt, and cumin, stirring into a paste. Add vegetable broth, simmer and stir to thicken.
- Remove from heat, cool slightly. Once cooled, add to a blender with tomatillos and fire roasted peppers – blend on high until smooth.
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan
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Serving Size:1/3 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 59 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 327mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 1g
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