What can I use Instead of Green Chili Sauce?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “what can I use instead of green chili sauce?” and provide you with insights on how you can substitute a regular green chili sauce with others to make your dishes taste amazing.

What can I use instead of green chili sauce?

You can use green enchilada sauce, red chili sauce, and even regularly cut green chilies instead of green chili sauce in your dishes.

All these sauces are very rich in flavor and contain chilies as the primary ingredients. Therefore, they would make great substitutes for green chili sauce.

How is green chili sauce made?

Green chili sauce is made by combining green chilies with tomatillos, salt and pepper, and lime juice. You can blend these ingredients and turn them into sauce. That sauce is called green chili sauce.

Green chili sauce is a spicy and tangy sauce with a vibrant green colour. It is commonly used as a dip with tortilla chips and even burritos.

It is also not specific to a single community. Mexican, Pakistani, and even most Indian dishes contain green chili sauce. For example, bhel puri, a very famous and common snack in India, comprises green chili sauce.

Green Enchilada Sauce

Green enchilada sauce is made the same way red enchilada sauce is made. The only difference is that the tomatoes are replaced by green chili peppers, jalapenos or even green bell peppers (capsicum) depending on your preference and spice tolerance level.

The sauce is a bit more towards the chili side. But it is more or less the same as green chili sauce and can definitely be substituted for it.

Green sauces are considered a preference among many. It opens up your sinuses and is low in calories. People who avoid tomatoes love these types of sauces.

Red Chili Sauce

Red chili sauce is made when dried chili pods are re-hydrated in hot water or broth (chicken or vegetable). It is then blended in a blender until smooth. Then it is cooked on the stove to deepen the flavour.

Red chili sauce is very different from green chili sauce. It has a deeper and smokier flavor to it and a beautiful aroma that leaves a very light tingle in the eyes. 

Again, the spice level of any sauce depends on what you prefer and is different from person to person. Some people prefer a mild sauce while some like very spicy sauces.

This is a great substitute for green chili sauce if you want chili but don’t like the taste of green chilies necessarily.

Green chilies

Chili’s cut up into chunks are great for sauces and even adding to dishes. They don’t necessarily evenly distribute the flavor but they give the dish a subtle texture and taste.

If you like an unexpected burst of spice in your mouth, this option will work great for you. They can be used in dips, dishes and even sauces. Pastas with green chilies in them have a very good taste and depth of flavor.

If you like your food to have a little spice for other people to enjoy but also some more spice for you to enjoy, then the best option is to put cut-up chilies in it.

Conclusion 

In this brief article, we answered the question, “what can I use instead of green chili sauce?” and provided you with insights on how you can substitute a regular green chili sauce with others to make your dishes taste amazing.

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.