Reposted with Updated photos & perfected Recipe on July 9th 2020
Last year while visiting family in Texas, for the first time I visited a well known Tex-mex restaurant there called Chuy’s. I was told about their very popular and in demand Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sauce. I being an avid lover of spicy food went ahead and ordered it.
To my great surprise, it was one of the best green enchilada sauce I had ever encountered. I usually prefer red enchilada sauce as usually green enchilada sauces are super tangy at places and it kind of takes away the flavor. Things taste good when in right proportion. But not here as it was very well balanced. A perfect tangy-creamy-spicy combo. Things could not have been better.
There I resolved to try making it once back home but as life has it, months went by and I totally forgot about it.
We got busy with moving, took a trip to India, came back and still I had no memories of it. While visiting our family in Florida, I was told about some versions of the recipe available online. Ronak’s mom even made it for us but I still forgot to write down the recipe or for that matter look at what site she used for recipe.
Few days ago while brainstorming for creating posts, I stumbled upon enchilada sauce recipes and all I wanted to eat was Chuy’s famous spicy-tangy green enchiladas. If you are still wondering about Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sauce, that’s the name they sell these enchiladas by. Funny name, right?!
Now since I had no recipe or notes, I did a bit of research and found few places sharing the recipe.
Here, I made some of my own changes but I was myself surprised with the results. One of the best enchilada sauces I have made up to date and so simple. It comes together in less than 30 minutes flat and totally from scratch apart from the green chiles which come from Mexico and hard to find fresh here.
I will seriously suggest you to go ahead and make this sauce this weekend. I made it again and am planning to use it for quinoa enchilada sauce bake this week. You can use this sauce for enchiladas, for quinoa bake, for tacos, for lasagna and what not!
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- 1 poblano
- 4 medium size tomatillos
- 2 cans of Hatch Fire Roasted diced green chiles (4 oz each can)
- 5 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
- 4 thin green onions, cut in big pieces
- 1 tsp green chili paste to taste or use jalapeno or serrano pepper
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Vegetable broth
- 4 slices of American cheese ( ¾ oz each slice)
- Take poblano and tomatillos and wash them under running water. Poke holes using a knife. Place them in a zip lock bag and microwave for 2 minutes.
- In a blender, add softened poblano, tomatillos, both cans of hatch green chiles, cilantro, green onion. Blend it on high until you get a smooth paste. You will get around 3 cups of sauce.
- Now in a deep pot, add the sauce from blender along with 1 cup of vegetable broth, salt, black pepper and green chili to taste. Start with little green chili paste and proceed as per taste. If you want more tangy, add lemon juice. I felt it was enough tangy so I didn't use any lemon juice. Heat it up on medium. To it add torn cheese slices one at a time and keep stirring until it melts completely and beautifully mixes with the sauce. Repeat with the remaining cheese slices. Cook it on slow for few minutes.
- At this point you can make enchiladas with this sauce or once cool, you can refrigerate it in an airtight jar for future use.
I made this recipe exactly but double the batch this time and froze the extras! It's great for enchiladas, nachos, enchilada bake, served over meats and what not!
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cheri saysApril 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM
I love a good green sauce, this looks delicious!
Ela saysApril 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Wow. I love this sauce. great work my girl.
drva saysApril 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM
This looks so good! Your recipes have a new twist to them. Excellent work, will try soon.
Annie @maebells saysApril 23, 2014 at 8:25 PM
I am SO making this! This is my favorite enchilada dish but my husband has celiac so he can’t have the restaurant version, but I know he would love it! Pinning! Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂
naivecookcooks saysApril 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM
It’s my new favorite enchilada dish too! Love the simplicity of this sauce. Hope you enjoy it!
Ela saysApril 23, 2014 at 9:32 PM
Mmmmmm this a yummmy yummmy sauce
Shaily saysOctober 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM
This turned out really great, I put less cheese though. Everyone loved it.
naivecookcooks saysOctober 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM
I am glad that you enjoyed this!! Let me know if you try other recipes Shaily!
Shaily saysJanuary 13, 2015 at 3:34 PM
This turned out really good. everyone enjoyed it and dont like Chuy;s sauce anymore as it has lot of cheese.
naivecookcooks saysJanuary 13, 2015 at 3:41 PM
Awww Shaily you made my day!! I am so glad that you and your family loved it!!
Bekah saysFebruary 14, 2019 at 9:54 AM
Hello! How long does this sauce last in the fridge? And do you know if it will freeze well?
naivecookcooks saysFebruary 18, 2019 at 8:48 PM
Hi Bekah! Sauce will stay good for upto a week in fridge. You can freeze it but I would suggest suggest freezing it WITHOUT adding any of the cheese. When ready to eat, heat it up nicely and add the mentioned cheeses and use 🙂 Hope this helps!
Rahul saysAugust 4, 2020 at 11:21 AM
This looks really great Ami! and the recipe is so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing! Boom Boom enchiladas is one of my fav at Chuys
Rahul saysAugust 4, 2020 at 11:23 AM
This looks so great Ami. and the recipe is so easy to follow. I love boom boom enchiladas at chuys
Jill saysJanuary 11, 2021 at 4:21 AM
Do you remove self from poblanos?
naivecookcooks saysJanuary 11, 2021 at 4:44 AM
No I don’t!