Enchiladas Verde

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8


  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Large skillet
  • 2 9×13 casserole dish
  • 1 Instant Pot optional, if using chicken


  • 5 jalapeno peppers stems removed
  • 3 fresh tomatillos husks removed, stemmed and halved
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup water or as needed to cover
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 sprig fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup extra virgin light olive oil
  • 20 6″ corn tortillas
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts optional
  • 1 cup chicken broth optional
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin optional
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder optional
  • 12 ounce queso fresco shredded


  • Remove the stems from the jalapenos.
  • Remove and discard the husks and stems from the tomatillos, then cut the tomatillos in half
  • Place jalapeno peppers, tomatillos, yellow onion, garlic, and 1 1/2 tsp cumin in a blender; pour in enough water to cover the vegetables. Blend until liquified, about 1 minute.
  • Heat 1/3 cup vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat just until oil has begun to warm, about 30 seconds; pour the blended jalapeno mixture into the oil. Stir in chicken bouillon cubes and cilantro. Reduce heat to medium and cook sauce for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • If making chicken enchiladas (instead of only cheese), prepare the chicken while the sauce simmers. Add chicken breasts to the Instant Pot, and then add the chicken broth and sprinkle the chicken with cumin and garlic powder. Pressure cook the chicken for 10 minutes on higher pressure, do a natural release for 5 minutes, and then do a quick release. Shred the chicken using two forks.
  • Remove green sauce from heat and allow to stand while you complete remaining steps.
  • Lightly coat a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Using tongs, place each tortilla into the hot oil and fry for 5-8 seconds on each side. Tortillas will be pliable; do not overcook.
  • Immerse the fried tortilla into the green sauce to coat, and then place the tortilla into the casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the tortilla with about 2 teaspoons shredded queso fresco cheese (and chicken, if also using chicken) and roll into a thin enchilada.
  • Repeat for remaining tortillas.
  • When all tortillas are in the casserole dish(es), spoon the remaining verde sauce onto the enchiladas and then sprinkle with the remaining queso fresco cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve hot.
Keyword chicken, meat-free