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This Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce is full of flavor and will help result in some tasty homemade Enchiladas!

This Green Enchilada Sauce is hands down my favorite! I love to garden and each summer I plant a couple tomatillo plants, just so I can make a few batches of this recipe to bottle and have to use all year long!

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Before I developed this recipe, I used to just freeze my tomatillos and make it fresh when I needed it. But, I hated using all that freezer room! So, years ago, I had a friend come over and we changed the recipe, so that I could bottle it! I have made it a few years now and it says good all-year-long and the flavor and texture holds up perfect!

HOW TO MAKE GREEN ENCHILADA SAUCE:

  • In a sauté pan add chopped tomatillos, onion, garlic, and peppers.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sauté for a few minutes on med-hi.
  • Add water, cilantro, cumin, and salt.
  • Cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • When the tomatillos are soft add everything to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

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GREEN ENCHILADA SAUCE RECIPE

This Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce is full of flavor and will help result in some tasty homemade Enchiladas!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 29kcal

Ingredients

Enchilada Sauce Ingredients:

  • 6 cups Tomatillos cut in half
  • 1/2 cup Onion chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic diced
  • 1 Jalapeno chopped
  • 1 Anaheim Pepper chopped
  • 3 tbsp Cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • Olive Oil

Additional Ingredients Needed for Bottling:

  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice
  • 1 Lime

Instructions

Cooking instructions for Enchilada Sauce:

  • Wash and cut your tomatillos in half.
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  • In a sauté pan add chopped tomatillos, onion, garlic, and peppers. Drizzle with olive oil and sauté for a few minutes on med-hi.
    Saute Pan with Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce ingredients! From overthebigmoon.com!
  • Add water, cilantro, cumin, and salt.
  • Cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • When the tomatillos are soft add everything to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
    Blending up the cooked Enchilada Sauce ingredients! From overthebigmoon.com!

Additional instructions for bottling the Enchilada Sauce:

  • Add 1/4 cup lime juice, stir completely. Pour into hot jars. This recipe make 3 pints. Then squeeze 1/4 of the lime into each jar.
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  • Process pints 40 minutes in a hot bath canner.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 13.5mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE ENCHILADA SAUCE LAST?

After you’ve made it fresh, it can last in your refrigerator for one week. If you want to put it in a airtight plastic container or ziplock bag, you can freeze it for up to three months.

If you’re wanting it to last long term, I suggest following my instructions by bottling it using the hot bath method. Once bottled, it can last up to a year.

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TOMATILLO ENCHILADA SAUCE

I am so excited about all of the sauce I can bottle this year! I love to give a sampling of my garden to my family each year for Christmas and I am excited to add this into their stash this upcoming year!

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This Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce is full of flavor and will help result in some tasty homemade Enchiladas! Use it immediately or enjoy these instructions to bottle it, so you can enjoy it all year long! From overthebigmoon.com!


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Comments (39)

  • Just getting started with the canning, gardening, house wife roll full time. I’m loving it! Funny i am also a graphic designer…lol maybe its a trend! I am also hoping to enter the blogsphere soon!

  • What elevation are you canning this (amazing) sauce? In other words, at sea level, would it be processed at 30 minutes? Then add from there?

  • You can also process this in a pressure canner (not to be confused with a pressure cooker). I like to do so, because I like to add more peppers. (Good for flavor, and using up bumper crops!)

  • Just saw your post. This sauce sounds yummy. I’m looking forward to trying it this year! Here is a similar recipe that I found on the National Center for Home Food Preservation. http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_salsa/tomatillo_green_salsa.html This website is sponsored by the USDA and all of their recipes have been tried and tested for safety. For folks with questions about canning, try calling your local county extension agency. They are really helpful. They also will reference the NCHFP. There is actually a great canning book that is basically their website. It is a great resource. Happy canning!!

    • No, actually they will bring the acid level down. You want a higher acid level if you are going to water bath. This recipe is close to an approved salsa recipe that I use so it should be safe to can. You may want to at least put the Anaheim peppers in for flavor.

    • Anaheim peppers are not spicy at all. Even with the jalapeno this is not very spicy but I don’t think you would need it for the canning.

  • Thanks for the recipe!
    am not going to add the extra water since the tomatillos have plenty of moisture in them. I figure I can always thin it out when I use it if need be.

    • I made a double batch and it turned out really well. I did wind up using half the amount of water in the recipe and twice the cilantro. I just can’t seem to follow a recipe… Wound up canning 10 pints with one left over to eat now. Ate some with chips like salsa verde. Very delicious.
      Thanks!

  • Thanks for sharing this recipe! I am new to canning and saw this recipe and made it that night! It only cost 3 dollars to buy the ingredients I didn’t have on hand. One recipe only made two pint jars so the next day I bought double the ingredients and it only cost 5 dollars. So cheap! It is very delicious and I can’t wait to try this with my enchilada recipe. The only concern I have is that the sauce separated in the jars 24 hours later. I hope that doesn’t affect the taste later. Thanks again!

    • Hi Camille! Its not a problem that it separated. You can just mix it when you are ready to use it. Just a word of caution – not every enchilada sauce recipe can be canned. Its a bummer because I have a salsa recipe I love that I can not bottle because the acid level is not high enough. You probably need to do some research on what ph is necessary for canning and then calculate the ph level of your recipe.

  • I made this today and really would like to use quart jars but not sure how long to process the quarts in the boiling water bath? Can you help me?

    • I am not sure. I had someone help me adapt the recipe and she only helped me with the pints. I know with some canning salsa recipes you cant process them in quarts because the heat cannot penetrate the
      larger jars in a manner in which it will kill all the bacteria. I actually use 2 pints each time I make enchiladas.Wish I could be more help but this is already a recipe that has some low acid foods so I don’t think I would try a quart of it.

    • Hi Marzette. Its the exact same thing only I would cut the 1/4 cup lime juice and just squeeze 1 lime into sauce after you blend it. The lime juice is to up the acid to make it safe.

  • Looks AWESOME. I’m growing tomatillos for the first time and am glad to have a second recipe in which to use them. I’ve already made some excellent salsa. Thanks.

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