Enchiladas are one of the classic Mexican dishes that so many of us crave. Enchiladas was originally a street food that had no filling. It was merely a rolled tortilla dipped in a chili sauce. Today enchiladas can have a variety of fillings from cheese and meats to vegetables. Enchiladas are not only common with a variety of fillings, many restaurants will also offer red or green sauce. Red and green enchilada sauces greatly vary from one another. Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant will share the differences between red and green enchilada sauce.
Green Enchilada Sauce with Tomatillos
As green sauce recipes do vary, most green sauces are made from tomatillos, green chilies, onion, garlic, vinegar and spices. Tomatillos, or also known as the Mexican husk tomato, is widely used in Mexican cuisine. The tomatillo can be eaten raw. Nevertheless, it is mostly used in green salsa or green sauce. It is believed that green sauce is not very spicy. However, as the tomatillos can be slightly sweet, the green chilies add to the heat. Some green sauce recipes will also have jalapenos and serrano which cranks up the heat. Green sauce ranges from a mild to hot spicy flavor.
Classic Red Enchilada Sauce with Chilis
The primary ingredients for red enchilada sauce are red chilies, vinegar, onions, garlic, and spices. Some red sauce recipes use red tomato paste or crushed tomatoes as the base. Depending on the recipe or who is making the red sauce, it is still a spicy sauce. The heat range can vary from mild to very hot. In most cases it will depend on the type of chilies used.
Choosing Between Red & Green Enchilada Sauce
Most people will already have their favorite choice of enchilada sauces. However, for those who may not have tried one or the other, when choosing the sauce, consider the ingredients. For those who like tomatillos or red chilies, you can now better know which sauce is best for you. For those new to Mexican dishes and enchiladas, the best advice we can give is to try both and find out for yourself which one you like best. However, the type of enchilada you order is another consideration. You can find enchiladas with different fillings such as chicken, shrimp, crab, pork, beef, and cheese. The different fillings may taste better to you with red or green sauce. The meat flavor will mix differently with the different types of sauces. Some people like shrimp and crab meat better with green sauce and chicken, pork, and beef with red sauce. That’s the beauty of enchiladas! It is a diverse dish and works well with different fillings and different sauces. When deciding which type of sauce you want it does help to know the basic ingredients. However, in the end, you will simply need to try both red and green sauce and see for yourself which you prefer.
Traditional Mexican Cuisine in Las Vegas, Nevada (Just Minutes from Summerlin, North LV & Henderson, NV)
When seeking out your favorite enchilada sauce, know that Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant offers a variety of enchilada dishes and your choice of red or green sauce. We have a diverse menu where anyone can find a delicious dish to try. In accordance with the recent Nevada State Mandate, we have temporarily closed our dining rooms and bar area for dine-in orders. Still, we are open for business and will continue to offer multiple ways to enjoy your Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant favorites via limited-contact ordering options including take-out orders, curbside pick-up, and home or office delivery via grubhub.