Green Tomatillo Sauce

"From the Los Barrios Family Cookbook. A wonderful sauce for enchiladas verdes."
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Ready In:
2 cups sauce


  • 1 lb tomatillo
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


  • Soak the tomatillos in a bowl of cold water to loosen the husks.
  • Drain and peel off the husks.
  • Place the tomatillos and garlic in a saucepan with enough water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil and cook until the tomatillos are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the garlic and tomatillos to a blender and puree.
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the pureed tomatillos and the onion and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a simmer, and simmer about 10 minutes.

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  1. chef blade
    This sauce lets the flavor of tomatillos shine, without overbearing spices or hot peppers added. Not sure of directions, I gave the onions a 5 min. head start in the saute pan before adding the blended tomatillo. Excellent wrapped in a soft, flour tortilla with shredded chicken and cheeses!
  2. Kater
    I made this sauce to go with the Chilaquiles with Chicken. In my opinion, the sauce was a little bland by itself, just not enough flavor for my taste. I added some dried oregano and about a tblsp of chopped canned jalepenos. That perked it up just enough and the sauce was delish! The recipe is very easy and quick, which was wonderful. I think next time I'd like to try adding some roasted green chiles and maybe a bit more garlic. The sauce made the chilaquiles amazing - we ate the entire pan! Thanks moxie for posting the recipe!
  3. woodland hues
    I served this with a pork shoulder roast and the flavours were a good complement to each other. I sauteed an onion with some garlic for about 10 minutes, added 1/2 tsp of oregano and a tsp of parsley, both dried, and then added the pureed tomatillos, along with some of the liquid they were cooked in (1/2 cup or so). Simmered this till it was reduced, then removed from heat and added 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar and the salt and pepper. Pretty bland tasting on its own..would consider the chopped jalapeno if I was serving this with another dish, like enchiladas!
  4. Mark H.
    This is an excellent sauce and about as easy to make as you can get. The second time I made it, I gave it some heat by adding one finely chopped jalapeno and one finely chopped seranno chile. I served it as a sauce for chicken breasts, but I would use it as a sauce for enchiladas, beef, pork, or even for a salsa/dip for tortilla chips. Thanks for posting, Mox.


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