Enchiladas with Salsa Verde(Green Sauce), Spicy Black Beans and Mexican Salsa:

We both love Mexican food (I know I've said this a lot already..hehe) and whenever we go to authentic Mexican restaurants, we both order Enchiladas topped with the green sauce. This sauce is so much spicier and tastier than the Red sauce.

Green sauce is the name of several different sauces containing mainly herbs, namely the Italian salsa verde, the French sauce verte

The basic recipe is probably from the Near East and, as such, is probably at least 2,000 years old. Roman legionaries brought it to Italy, from where it was exported to France and Germany. Evidence suggests that it was introduced in Frankfurt am Main by the Italian trading families Bolongaro and Crevenna around 1700. The German variant uses a different mix of herbs, since Mediterranean herbs were not available in Germany at the time.

Green sauces are common in Mexican and Mexican-American cuisines. The basis of the green sauce (known as salsa verde) is either tomatillos, serrano chiles, coriander leaves (also known as cilantro), or some combination of these. It may be warm, as in a chile verde, or cold, as a condiment. In Mexican-American cuisine, a green sauce is frequently used as a dip for tortilla chips. Most Tex- Mex restaurants serve enchiladas and burritos topped with this green sauce, also called Salsa Verde.

The recipes for the Green Sauce, Spicy Black Beans and the Mexican Salsa are from the book “Red Hot: A Cook’s Encyclopedia of Fire and Spice” by Jenni Fleetwood. Two other recipes from this book are Red Enchilada Sauce and Egg and Green Lentils curry with Ginger and Chillies.

Cheese & Onion Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

Tomatillo Chile Salsa: (Salsa Verde/Green Sauce)

You will need:

4 medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
2 jalapenos, stemmed
1/2 medium onion, peeled and quartered
2 garlic clove, peeled
1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
Kosher salt

Bring a pot of water to a boil; add the tomatillos, jalapenos, onion, and garlic. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the tomatillos are soft. Drain and cool slightly, then put them in a blender. Add the cilantro, lime juice, and cumin. Puree for a few seconds to blend, and then pour in about a 1/4 cup of water and process to a coarse puree; taste and season with a generous pinch of salt. You should have about 2 cups of this salsa verde.

Cheese & Onion Enchiladas

You will need:

6 Flour Tortillas (store-bought)
1 cup grated Sharp Cheddar cheese (white or yellow)
1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Take the flour tortillas and lightly toast each one on a hot pan, till piping hot. Take one tortilla, place 3 tbsp of chopped onions on one end and place grated cheese over the onions. Tightly roll and place the enchilada crease side down in a greased baking dish. Repeat with all the tortillas.

Pour Salsa Verde over the rolled tortillas, cover completely. Spread remaining grated cheese on top.

Bake for 15 minutes. Serve hot with Spicy Black Beans. You can top the Enchiladas with a dab of sour cream and chopped coriander.

You can substitute the cheese with veggies of your choice, cube the veggies, sauté till half done and roll in tortillas with cheese. Bake for 25 minutes to let veggies cook through completely.

Spicy Black Beans

You will need:

2 cups canned Black Beans
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bay leaf
Salt and black pepper

In a pan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic, and bay leaf and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the beans and toss. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Mexican Salsa:

You will need:

1 fresh hot green chilli chopped

1 clove Garlic

½ red onion coarsely chopped

3 Spring onions (scallions) chopped

½ cup fresh coriander leaves

1 ½ lb Ripe Tomatoes

1-3 Canned green chillies

1 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tbsp Lemon juice

Salt to taste

3 tbsp Water

In a food processor or blender combine the fresh chilli, garlic, red onions, scallions and coriander leaves. Process until everything is finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse till the mixture is well combined and still chunky. Taste for seasoning. Let stand 30 minutes before serving with Tortilla chips or along side Enchiladas.

I still haven't got a chance to take a picture of the cook book, will surely do it the next time I post a recipe from there :)


  1. wow! what a delicious spread :) salsa verde ...yummmmmm
    me too like mex food anyday ;)

  2. It look so inviting Namratha. Viji

  3. We loooove enchiladas...and am drooling over yours.

  4. i am bookmarking this..as all the 3 recpes are just superb..nice pics too :)

  5. While reading your post i am drooling

  6. Oh, that looks too good!!! I love the green sauce at the local mexican restaurant.

    teeth bleaching

  7. I love those spicy cute balck beauties!!

  8. Thanks Richa :) Glad you like it too.

  9. Thanks Viji :) It sure was a lovely feast.

  10. Thanks Sunita, we love them too :)

  11. Thanks Rajitha..do try them, I'm sure you will enjoy it all!

  12. Thanks Tracy, nice to have you over :)

  13. Hehe, black beauties indeed Raks :)

  14. I so luv mexican food myself..am planning to post one of mine soon..:)

    Luv ur snaps

  15. Oh yeah, everything here looks so perfect! The enchilada's look amazing! I will try these soon!

  16. Yet another tempting Mexican treat from you Namratha. Enchiladas have been on my mind for some time now... hope to try this out soon!

  17. Ok Now!.One more tempting meal.Green sauce is something i must try now.

  18. i have gobbled down so many plates of enchiladas during my hostel days - :)

    ps: your akki rotis are so beautifully folded - this is my favourite karnataka breakfast dish.

  19. Thanks Dhivya, looking forward to your post :)

  20. Thanks Meeso, do try them, worth the efforts!

  21. Thanks Lavi, do try it, I'm sure you will love it!

  22. :) Do try it Madhavi, the sauce is simple and great tasting.

  23. Thanks Lakshmi, I have seen your akki rottis too which you made for the RCI..great going :)

  24. wowwwwwww maxican feast to my eyesss looks delecioussssss

  25. Yummy please can I have a fork to dip right into this meal! Delicious. :-)

  26. U U have a huge collecion of lunch/dinner dishes.. i loved them all.would love to visit ur blog again :)
    i am adding u in my fav bloggers list on my side bar.


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