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Easy Chile Verde Sauce

This easy chile verde sauce recipe is gluten-free and made with tomatillos! Can be eaten alone, with chicken, or served atop enchiladas. Make it into a stew like this Chicken Chile Verde recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Phoebe Lapine


  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound tomatillos husks removed
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 medium cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Score the tomatillos (i.e. cut a small slit in the bottom of each). Arrange them along with the jalapenos on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast in the oven, turning once 15 minutes in, until charred and soft, about 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven or stock pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. Add the onions to the pan and sauté, scraping up any brown bits that formed on the bottom, until translucent, 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, and 1 teaspoon sea salt. Cook one minute more.
  5. Remove the skins from the jalapenos and add them to the pot along with the tomatillos.
  6. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and ½ cup of stock until dissolved. Add this “slurry” to the pot along with the remaining stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.
  7. Puree the sauce with an immersion or stand blender until semi-smooth. Add the cilantro and lime juice. Taste for seasoning.