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How To Make The Best Green Chile Sauce

This Homemade Green Chile Sauce is the stuff dreams are made of. With its perfect level of spiciness to the bold chile flavor, you couldn’t ask for a better sauce. Although buying sauce at the store is quicker, the taste is no comparison for homemade.

To make this Green Chile Sauce Recipe you’ll need: Unsalted butter, onion, flour, chicken broth, green chiles, garlic, salt, and cumin.

I am all about the homemade option when it comes to any recipe. However, I have to say that I had struggled with a good Homemade Green Chile Sauce until my friend Candace came along and provided me with this one that I’m sharing with you. Boy, it makes all the difference in the world when you get that perfect recipe you’ve been searching for.

Green Chili Sauce Recipe

Making green chile sauce is sincerely super easy and it tastes so much better than the store-bought stuff. Don’t get me wrong, the store options aren’t terrible and you can definitely make do with them. However, learning how to make green chile sauce at home is much more satisfying and your taste buds will thank you.

How Do You Make This Green Chile Sauce Recipe?

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Saute your chopped onion until it’s soft. Add in the flour to your butter mixture and make a roux (Here is a great tutorial on on how to make a roux). Add the chicken broth to the butter mixture and stir until smooth.

Add the chiles, garlic, salt, and cumin and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Serve with tortillas, smothered burritos, green chile french fries…whatever you prefer!

Tips for Making Green Chile Sauce

  • Pay attention to the green chiles you use. Depending on their access to water during their growing time, green chiles can range in spiciness. If the level of hotness isn’t listed with the green chiles when you buy them, I would advise taking a little taste test of the pepper. This will help you gauge the heat level of your sauce.
  • One of the best aspects of learning how to make green chile sauce at home is the fact that it freezes well. This means you can make it in large batches (like I do) and freeze it – only thawing it as you need it.
  • The longer the chiles simmer, the spicier they can get. So, if you got really spicy chiles, you may limit the time you simmer them.

Commonly Asked Questions About Green Chile Sauce

What is the Best Canned Enchilada Sauce?

I would say making your own green chile sauce recipe at home and then freezing it is the best canned route. However, if you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to make your own, I would suggest using the El Pato brand. They are the closest to homemade green chile sauce I’ve ever had. Great flavor for a decent price. The brand should be pretty easy to find in most grocery stores, even small ones.

Is Green Enchilada Sauce Spicier than Red?

This all depends on how the sauce is made and will vary across recipes and brands. I have found that the level of heat, no matter if it’s green or red, will never be the same across batches. Chiles seem to have a mind of their own. This means that, unless you grow them yourself, it will be hard to gauge how spicy they are since this depends on their water intake during their growing period. However, more times than not, you will find that red enchilada sauce is spicier than green sauce.

Recipes You Can Use With Green Chile Sauce

Green Chile Sauce Recipe

I use this green chile sauce on probably too many things. It’s just so good and adds such a delicious and bold taste to a dish that it’s hard not to crave! I’ve used it on eggs, fries, burgers, etc. – the options are endless!

If you made this Homemade Green Chile Sauce, let us know what you used it on in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this green chile sauce recipe let me know with a 5-star rating!

Green Chili Sauce Recipe
Yield: 6

The Best Green Chile Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups chopped green chilis (mild, medium or hot, this determines the spice)
  • 1 large clove garlic - minced
  • dash of salt (to taste)
  • dash of cumin (to taste)


1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.

2. Saute onion until soft. Add in flour to butter mixture and make a roux (Here is a great tutorial on on how to make a roux). Add chicken broth to butter mixture and stir until smooth.

3. Add chilies, garlic, salt and cumin and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

4. Serve with tortillas, smothered burritos, green chili french fries, etc...




  • Jennifer Johnson

    Yum! I’m trying to get my in laws to ship me chilies this summer!

    • Amanda C.

      Hey Jennifer come chile season Hatch Green Chile will actually ship Just thought I’d give you that website!

      • Brandy

        That’s great to know! Thank you so much Amanda.

  • Debi @ Life Currents

    I love this! What a great idea! I make green sauce with tomatillos, and frankly my husband gets tired of it. This is a great sub! And, would be so yummy on so many things! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ve pinned it to make it later.

    • Brandy

      It’s my go to green chili recipe and we eat it on everything when I make a big batch. Green chili really does seem to go great on everything!

  • Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    Thanks for this recipe, I had no idea how to make a simple green chili sauce!

  • Lexie Lane

    Oooh! Definitely mouth watering. I love chili and I know I would love this!

  • katherine bartlett

    I have never had anything like this before!

  • Mama to 5 BLessings

    Love chili, I have never had green chili before, sounds great!

  • Debbie L.

    Hummm…this looks tasty! I pinned to make to top enchiladas!

  • Janeane Davis

    I have never made green chili for my family. This recipe seems like a challenge I would like to take on.

  • Lois Alter Mark

    Ooh, this looks so good. Have never made it myself but will definitely try it now!

  • Dawn

    I always love eating this at the Mexican Restaurant, but I have never tried to make it myself. Yours looks really good!

  • Pam

    I love green chili sauce on enchiladas. I have always bought it before, but I think next time I will make it using your recipe!

  • Sandra

    We love green chile and this looks amazing!

  • I have a recipe similar to this and we love it. I’m definitely bookmarking to try the next time I make chili!

  • Amy Desrosiers

    I love green chile sauce on my tacos!

  • Debbie Denny

    This is awesome. Looks real tasty

  • Rebekah

    Never heard of a Hatch chili, but it sounds like a delicious recipe. My husband loves all things spicy.

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  • Karla Campos

    Thank you for the green chili recipe, I have never made green chili in this way before. I love trying new things.

  • Christine luken

    My hubby and I both love spicy foods, so I’ll be pinning this recipe for future reference! 🙂

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    That sounds really good! I have never had anything like this before, so I would love to try it.

  • Jessica Beal Harlow

    I’ve never tried Green Chili…but this sounds delicious…I think I might give it a shot especially with that Creamy Green Chili Chicken Burritos recipe! We don’t grow chiles much in northern New England, but I’ll be perusing the store shelves for a good option!