Santa Fe Style Green Chile Sauce

The smell of roasting chilies permeates the air in Santa Fe during harvest season. As far back as the 1500's Spanish explorers found chilies being cultivated in the area that is now New Mexico. Today, more land is dedicated to the cultivation of chiles in New Mexico than any other state. In fact, chilies are so important to New Mexicans that many families even grow their own and save seeds from year to year. This recipe brings the fragrance of roasted chilies to the plate and adds a little zip to your enchiladas.

Number of Servings

4 cups


  • ½ cup Spanish onion, small dice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups New Mexican chilies roasted, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, sweat the onions and garlic in oil.
  2. Add the flour to make a roux and continue cooking over moderate heat for 15 to  20 minutes.
  3. Add the chilies and water and cook over low heat until the sauce has returned to a deep green color and has no floury taste. Do not hurry this sauce—the flavors will develop more fully if the sauce is cooked slowly.
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