If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself entranced by the wonderfully tantalizing world of Tex-Mex cuisine.
Its flavors are bold, vibrant, and, above all, memorable.
For me, the pièce de résistance of this food genre is none other than the beloved Gringos Green Sauce.
I fell in love with this sauce during my travels throughout Latin America, where it’s a staple in many households and restaurants, especially in the flavor-rich landscapes of Mexico.
Its unique blend of ingredients delivers an explosion of flavor that’s hard to match.
It’s spicy yet tangy, creamy yet refreshing, and so versatile that it’s commonly used as a salsa, enhancing and elevating any dish it graces.
After much trial and experimentation, and countless deliciously saucy meals, I’ve managed to develop a recipe that captures the essence of the Gringos Green Sauce that we all know and love.
Now, I’m beyond thrilled to share this recipe with you.
Let’s dive in and whip up a batch of homemade Gringos Green Sauce!
- 1 What Do You Need To Make Gringos Green Sauce ?
- 2 How To Make Gringos Green Sauce
- 3 Expert Tips When Making Gringos Green Sauce
- 4 What To Eat Gringos Green Sauce With?
- 5 Gringos Green Sauce Recipe
What Do You Need To Make Gringos Green Sauce ?
Avocados are the foundation of this green sauce, contributing a creamy, smooth texture and a rich, subtly nutty flavor.
They’re also packed with healthy fats and fiber. It’s best to use ripe avocados for a smoother sauce.
If they’re under-ripe, they won’t blend as easily, and if they’re overripe, they can make the sauce taste off.
Sour cream adds a delightful tanginess and extra creaminess to the sauce.
It also helps balance out the heat from the jalapeños.
Full-fat sour cream tends to offer the best flavor and texture, but you can use a lower-fat version if preferred.
Mayonnaise, like the avocados, contributes to the creaminess of the sauce.
It also adds a slight sweetness and tanginess.
You can use any brand you prefer, but some people find that brands with a less dominant flavor work better in this recipe.
Tomatillos provide a unique, tangy, and slightly citrusy flavor that brightens up the sauce.
When roasted, they also add a bit of smokiness. They are essential in giving the sauce its distinctive green color and fresh flavor.
White onion adds a bit of sweetness and sharpness to the sauce.
When roasted, onions also contribute a touch of caramelized flavor.
Garlic gives the sauce a warm, savory flavor that complements the other ingredients.
The amount of garlic can be adjusted based on personal preference.
Jalapeño peppers add a kick of heat to the sauce.
The seeds and ribs can be removed to make the sauce milder. For a spicier sauce, you can leave them in.
Cilantro imparts a fresh, slightly citrusy flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients.
Some people are genetically predisposed to dislike cilantro, so you can adjust the amount or leave it out if it’s not to your taste.
Lime juice adds acidity to the sauce, brightening up the flavors and balancing the creaminess of the avocados, sour cream, and mayonnaise.
Salt enhances all the flavors in the sauce.
You can adjust the amount of salt to your preference.
It’s generally better to start with a little and add more as needed.
Black pepper adds a subtle heat and complexity to the sauce.
Like salt, it’s best to start with a little and adjust to taste.
Cumin lends a warm, earthy flavor to the sauce. It’s a common spice in Tex-Mex cuisine and helps give this sauce its distinctive character.
As with the other spices, you can adjust the amount to suit your taste.
How To Make Gringos Green Sauce
Step One: Let’s kick things off by roasting our tomatillos, onion, garlic, and jalapeños. You can toss them onto a baking sheet and pop them under the broiler until they get some nice charred bits, or if you prefer, you can dry roast them in a skillet over medium-high heat. You’ll know they’re done when they’re slightly softened and have some dark spots. This step really cranks up the flavor, but if you’re more into a fresh, zesty vibe, feel free to skip it.
Step Two: Once your roasted goodies have cooled off a bit, it’s time to get everything in the blender or food processor. This includes the avocados, sour cream, mayonnaise, your roasted veggies, cilantro, lime juice, salt, black pepper, and cumin.
Step Three: Ready to mix it up? Hit blend and let it do its thing until everything is well mixed and you’ve got a smooth, creamy sauce. Don’t forget to stop a few times and scrape down the sides so everything gets evenly blended.
Step Four: Now, let’s have a taste. Need a bit more zing? Feel free to add some more lime juice or salt. If you’re a fan of heat, throw in some of those jalapeño seeds you set aside. It’s all about tweaking it to get the flavors you love.
Step Five: Almost there! For the best flavor, let’s give our sauce some chill time in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. But if you’re too eager to wait, you can definitely serve it right away. It’s going to be delicious either way!
Expert Tips When Making Gringos Green Sauce
Use Ripe Avocados
For the creamiest sauce, make sure to use ripe avocados.
These blend up smoothly and easily.
Under-ripe avocados can result in a chunky sauce, while overripe avocados can lend an off taste.
Control the Heat
Jalapeños can be tricky because their heat can vary widely. If you don’t like too much heat, remove the seeds and ribs.
If you like it spicy, add them in. You can also add a bit at a time and taste as you go.
Roast Your Veggies
Roasting the tomatillos, onions, garlic, and jalapeños deepens their flavor and gives the sauce a bit of a smoky note.
If you prefer a fresher flavor, you can skip the roasting, but it’s worth trying at least once!
To get a smooth, creamy sauce, make sure to blend well.
Stop the blender a few times to scrape down the sides and ensure everything is fully incorporated.
Chill for Best Flavor
Although you can serve the sauce right away, chilling it allows the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly.
If you have the time, let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
Adjust to Taste
Remember, recipes are just guidelines! Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your own taste. Add more lime juice for tanginess, more salt to enhance the flavors, or more jalapeños for heat.
If you have leftovers, store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for about 3-4 days. Stir well before using.
What To Eat Gringos Green Sauce With?
This creamy green sauce is a perfect accompaniment for tacos.
Whether you’re serving chicken, beef, or vegetarian tacos, a dollop of this sauce will add a flavorful kick.
Drizzle the green sauce over enchiladas for a creamy, tangy, and slightly spicy touch.
It pairs well with both cheese and meat fillings.
Spread a layer of the sauce inside a burrito before adding your other ingredients, or pour it over top for a “wet” burrito.
Quesadillas can be dipped in this sauce for an extra burst of flavor.
It pairs well with both meat-filled and vegetarian quesadillas.
Use the sauce as a dip for tortilla chips.
Its creaminess makes it an excellent alternative to guacamole or salsa.
Grilled Meats and Vegetables
Grilled chicken, steak, or veggies can be topped with or dipped in this green sauce.
The tanginess of the sauce complements the charred, smoky flavors of grilled foods.
Try adding a spoonful of this green sauce to your scrambled eggs or drizzle it over a fried egg.
It’s a great way to spice up your breakfast!
Many Other Foods
Remember, the possibilities are endless.
This Gringos Green Sauce is so versatile, you can pair it with almost any dish that could use a boost of creamy, tangy, and slightly spicy flavor.
- 2 medium sized avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 3 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
- 1/2 small white onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 jalapeño peppers (remove seeds for less heat)
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- Start by roasting the tomatillos, onion, garlic, and jalapeños. You can do this on a baking sheet under a broiler until they have a bit of char, or in a dry skillet over medium-high heat. They should be slightly softened and have some dark spots. This step enhances the flavor, but you can skip it if you want a fresher taste.
- Once your ingredients are roasted and slightly cooled, combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. This includes the avocados, sour cream, mayonnaise, roasted veggies, cilantro, lime juice, salt, black pepper, and cumin.
- Blend until everything is well mixed and you get a smooth consistency. You may need to stop a few times to scrape down the sides.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. You might want more lime juice, salt, or a bit more heat (in which case you can add in some of the jalapeño seeds you set aside earlier).
- The sauce is best served chilled, so put it in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. However, you can also serve it right away if needed.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
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Hello. I’m Jeremy – an experienced saucier who has worked in some of the top kitchens over the last few decades. With a love for sauces, food, and nutrition, I decided to create WeWantTheSauce. Here I share my knowledge and expertise; from ingredients and recipes to storage all the way through to recommendations for every sauce imaginable.