If you ever have the chance to make something homemade as a substitute for canned/jarred/premade ingredients, it is ALWAYS the best option! The only exception I can think of is Crescent Rolls. I’ve never had homemade bread as good as crescent rolls…there is some sort of strange black magic within those little cans that make the most delicious, buttery, and flaky bread that exists on this planet.
But…for the most part, homemade = better…can we all agree on that with a few exceptions here and there?? Enchilada sauce is definitely not an exception. Homemade enchilada sauce is super yummy – way better than the canned versions. And it’s actually super easy to make. I was surprised!
AND – the coolest part?? This recipe totally doubles as salsa verde. Dip some tortilla chips in this and bask in tangy, flavorful bliss. This recipe makes three cups of sauce…so use half of it for enchiladas and save the other half for salsa – it’s a two in one recipe! And then you can feel productive and awesome.
For the most part, green enchilada sauce is made out of tomatillos, which are these little green tomato looking things with a husk on the outside. When you peel the husk off, there is a really sticky film on the tomatillo that you have to wash off. Don’t worry – the husk comes off really easily, and film washes off really easily!
Then you just slice them in half and throw them in a food processor with some onion, garlic, cilantro, a poblano pepper, and a little veggie stock. Blend it up, add it to a sauce pan, and let it simmer for about thirty minutes! And that’s all there is to it. Homemade enchilada sauce.
It’s tangy, bright, flavorful, and is delicious with enchiladas OR tortilla chips. You can add it to your list of homemade goodies – homemade stuff is so satisfying to make. It is extra special to eat a meal when you know you scratch-made part of it all by yourself.
Like lasagna. On really super special occasions when I am feeling really super non-lazy, I will make lasagna from scratch. Scratch-scratch, not just kind of scratch. Homemade pasta, homemade sauce, and homemade ricotta (which is actually REALLY easy). It is seriously the most mouthwatering thing in the world.
But you have to be really un-lazy, because daaaaaang it’s a process. A delicious one, though 😍. For now you can just stick with super easy homemade enchilada sauce, if you want 😀!…