Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce

New Mexico Chiles are the dried form of the Red Anaheim Pepper. This chile has a thin flesh with an earthy chile flavor and undertones of wild cherries. This chile ranges from 2 – 4 on a heat scale of 1 to 10. The New Mexico Chile may be referred to as the California Chile or Chile Colorado. New Mexico Chiles are commonly used in Red Mexican or Southwestern sauces. This is a mildly hot chile. Scoville heat units 8,000 – 12,000.

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 14.5 ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 large hatch chiles, roasted, stemmed and deseeded (or poblano or anaheim)
  • 1 small jalapeno, chopped (optional if you want some spice, leave seeds in for extra spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh hot and spicy oregano (or regular oregano)
  • 2-3 large pinches kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat skillet over medium heat. Add oil, then onions and garlic. Saute for 4-5 minutes or until starting to soften and translucent. Add cumin; saute for a minute or so. Sprinkle flour over onion mixture, cook and stir for a minute or two. Slowly stir in chicken broth until no flour clumps remain. Cook, stirring occasionally, for another five minutes or so until mixture is hot and thickened.
  2. Add chiles, oregano, sauce from skillet and jalapeno (if using; consider adding a small amount of pepper until you reach desired heat level) to a high-powered blender (such as a Vitamix). Process on high until smooth. Season well with salt and pepper.

Recipe from The Wicked Noodle, 2014