Enchiladas Verdes (Green Enchiladas)

Makes: 4-6 servings
Time Saver: Shred a store bought rotisserie chicken

Experience authentic Mexican flavor with this award-winning recipe. A family favorite created by my mother, Enchiladas Verdes explodes in your mouth with just the right amount of spice and tang. This is my favorite Mexican dish and it’s sure to become yours too.

Most green enchilada recipes are tomatillo based and include canned green chili, cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup. You won’t find any of these in this recipe. It’s the real deal.

If you live in El Paso, you can purchase the “secret ingredient,” Suero de Sal from Licon Dairy, or substitute with buttermilk. (To make your own buttermilk, add one tablespoon of lemon or vinegar to one cup of milk.)

Our family prefers our enchiladas stacked, but if you are cooking for a lot of people, oven style is the way to go. Stacked or oven style, with or without chicken, you’ll find yourself making this recipe again and again.


1-pound skinless, boneless chicken breast (optional)
12 Anaheim green chili peppers
½ cup canola oil for frying
1 quart Suero de Sal (whey) or buttermilk can be used as a substitute
2 tablespoons flour
1 medium white onion, diced
12 – 18 corn tortillas, preferably white
1 1/2 cups white shredded cheese (Monterey Jack, Azadero or Muenster)
1/4 cup queso fresco, crumbled
1/2 cup crema or sour cream (for sauce and topping)
Salt (to taste)
Water (if needed)


Roast Chili Peppers
Preheat broiler. Select firm, meaty peppers without wrinkles for roasting. Wash thoroughly. Place peppers evenly in a single layer on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Place under broiler. Watch them closely as the skin will blister and turn black within minutes. Turn the peppers after 5 minutes to blister all sides evenly. When done, the pepper skins should be evenly blistered and mostly black. Place roasted peppers in a plastic bag, cover with a kitchen towel and when cool, rub off blackened skin, and discard stem.

In a blender combine the peppers, flour, and half of the suero or buttermilk and blend until creamy. Pour mixture into medium skillet and set over medium-low heat to warm. Add additional suero or buttermilk and stir. Taste and season with salt, usually about 2 teaspoons. If the sauce is too spicy, add ¼ cup of crema or sour cream and stir. If the sauce is too thick, add water until desired consistency is reached.

Chicken (Optional)
In a pot with enough water to cover, boil chicken breasts 25 minutes or until juices run clear. Drain, cool, and shred. Optional time-saver: shred a store bought rotisserie chicken.

Stacked Style
Fry tortillas in hot oil until softened. Drain on paper towels. Soften tortillas by soaking in sauce one at a time. Place softened tortillas on individual serving plates. Layer with cooked chicken, cheese, and onion. Repeat process for a total of 3 tortillas for each serving.

Oven Style
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1 cup of the sauce in an ungreased 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Fry tortillas in hot oil just until softened. Drain on paper towels. Fill with cooked chicken, cheese, and onion. Roll, placing seam side down.

Pour 2 cups of the sauce over enchiladas. Sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco and bake until warm, about 15 minutes. Serve with a dollop of crema or sour cream and your favorite side dish.

Photography by Jeanine Thurston

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  1. Yvette, I have always wanted the recipe for your magnifico enchiladas! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. I’ve never tried enchiladas with white corn tortillas–always yellow. Whats the difference in flavor?

    • Rachel: Its just a preference. I prefer Mission white corn tortillas for enchiladas. They are softer when fried, pliable, and easier to roll without cracking. I use the yellow corn for flautas or tostadas.

  3. I love enchiladas verdes! I think i might just have to try this recipe. the enchiladas verde my sister in law makes are delicious but super spicy! my ears burn but then again i am such a woos with chile

  4. These look yummy! I always picked up some Suero de Sal whenever we went to Licon Dairy to add to a hearty bowl of frijoles de la olla but I never tried to add to my enchiladas. Mmm mmm Can’t wait to cook these up :)

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  6. This enchilada recipe is the one and only. I substituted tofu, onion, and beet greens for the chicken — I am rarely a tofu fan myself but it works well here. Poblano chiles instead of anaheim, I couldn’t get anaheim, but still the heat was gentle enough for my 6, 5, and 1 yr old to all enjoy. Another non-traditional substitute was sprouted corn tortillas- gave the rolled style a bit more corn flavor and heft.

    Gracias muy bueno, I already emailed this recipe to friends who complain of being in a ‘rut’ cooking-wise.

  7. As a time saver, I used frozen, roasted and peeled green chilies from Whole Foods. All I had to do was thaw them and blend them with the buttermilk. It made this recipe super easy and still amazing! Everyone loved it!

  8. Can you eat the Suero de Sal by itself?

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  12. I always took pride in my enchiladas, but I think yours will top mines! Lol, can’t wait to switch up a couple of ingredients from my recipe :)

  13. thanks so much for this recipe I’m eating them right now and there so good

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  15. I made this and it turned out excellent! My fiancé said that they where actually the best he’s had, which from him is a huge compliment. I will deff. be making this again. Making the sauce was all the difference too. Thank you for sharing!

    • Gracias ourculinaryvenus!!! So glad you and your fiance enjoyed them. That recipe won my hubby over when we were dating. Its truly one of our favorites. Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment.

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