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Green Chile Sauce

Green Chile Sauce

A mild but satisfying New Mexican classic that’s incomparably versatile. Use as a dip for chips or crudités, a sauce for tacos or burritos, or even as a base for more elaborate dishes like enchiladas or stews. It’s especially nice with some cheese.

Unlike tomatillo-based Salsa Verde, whose citrus-sour edge and fresh cilantro burst make it the central flavor in many dishes, this simple green chile sauce works best in the background, as a support for more pronounced flavors. Keeps for several days in the fridge.


  • 8 poblano peppers, roasted and peeled
  • 1 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin, toasted and ground
  • 1 ½ tsp oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • Salt to taste


  1. 1

    After roasting and peeling poblanos, remove stems and seeds: you may need to rinse the peppers under running water to ensure no seeds remain. Chop and set aside.

  2. 2

    Heat a pan on medium and add oil. Add onions, sauté until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, then sauté for 1 more minute.

  3. 3

    Add remaining ingredients to pan, stir well, and transfer to a blender or food processor.

  4. 4

    Blend to a smooth purée. Add water if necessary.