Mexican White Sauce – A popular sauce served at Mexican restaurants can now be made at home! It’s creamy, tangy, spicy, and so full of flavor. It comes together quickly and easy to make in minutes making it the perfect accompaniment for all your Mexican dishes! It’s a recipe you’ll keep coming back to because you’ll want to use it on everything!
This white Mexican sauce recipe is utterly addicting. It’s the sauce you’d find at your favorite Mexican restaurants that they typically serve with tortilla chips and salsa. It’s definitely not a dip, it’s a condiment, but you bet I’m going to find any and everything I can do dip in it because it’s that good!
It’s creamy, tangy, thick, and rich with the perfect amount of seasoning and spice. Some people like their sauce garlicky so you can add fresh garlic to yours if you like.
Now that you can make this white Mexican sauce recipe at home, you’ll be finding all the ways to use it on everything. I like to pour it over nachos, smother it over enchiladas, and drizzle it on tacos, or burrito bowls!
One spoonful of this Mexican white sauce and you’ll see why everyone goes crazy for it.
What is Mexican White Sauce?
Also known as salsa blanca, this condiment is a combination of sour cream, cream cheese, and chicken broth thickened with a butter and flour roux, spiced up with green chiles and sriracha, then lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. It’s really easy to make using simple ingredients.
There are a few variations out there, but trust me, this one’s the best!
- Butter: I use unsalted butter because the chicken broth already has a bit of salt in it and I can then control the amount of any extra added salt. This will be used as the fat to make the roux.
- All-purpose flour: Once added to the melted butter it makes a thick paste. Flour is what thickens the sauce.
- Chicken broth: Use any store-bought or homemade chicken broth you have on hand. This adds great flavor as well as helps to thin it out as the roux and the cream cheese are quite thick.
- Sour cream: A creamy, tangy addition that keeps the cream cheese mixture rich, but adds lightness to heavy cream cheese.
- Cream cheese: Use cream cheese from a block, it contains less water than the spreadable kind. Bring it to room temperature so it melts into the mixture quicker.
- Green chiles: Drain them before adding them to the sauce. They not only add heat and flavor but the chunks are a nice texture to bite into.
- Hot sauce: You can use whatever your favorite hot sauce is. I like to use Sriracha sauce.
- Salt & pepper: To taste.
How to Make Mexican White Sauce
Step 1: Add butter to a small saucepan and melt it over medium heat. Then, add the flour and whisk for a couple of minutes until it forms a pale paste and starts to smell a bit nutty. This is the base for the roux.
Step 2: Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and continue whisking until smooth and lump-free. Keep adding the rest of the chicken broth and bring it to a boil.
Step 3: Next, stir in the sour cream, cream cheese, green chiles, hot sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and bring it to a gentle boil.
Step 4: Once you see it starts boiling, immediately remove it from the heat. Allow it to cool before serving. You can even let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours for the flavors to blend even more. Then, enjoy it with your favorite Chicken Chimichangas and so much more!
Ways to Use Mexican White Sauce
Here are just a few recipes I’ve made that go great with this sauce, whether it’s a lot or just a little. Either way, it’s fabulous!
- 20-Minute Easy Chicken Fajitas
- Carne Guisada Tacos
- Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas
- Taco Salad Bowls
- Baked Beef Chimichangas
- Chicken Tacos (Crockpot or Instant Pot)
White Sauce Ingredient Variations
- If Sriracha sauce is not your thing you can use red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper instead.
- Sometimes I’ll swap the green chiles for pickled jalapenos. You can even add a little of the brine for extra spice.
- Add a little extra seasoning if you’d like. Cumin, oregano, and fresh minced garlic are all great options.
- Finishing it off with a bit of citrus lime juice to brighten it up and cut through the heavy cream is a nice way to top it off.
- I don’t love Miracle Whip just because of the funny processed ingredients in it, but if you prefer the flavor you can certainly replace the cream cheese with Miracle Whip.
- I have never made a gluten-free version, but if you’d like to try it, I recommend swapping the flour with cornstarch for the roux. Either that or using a 1:1 all-purpose gluten-free flour. Bob’s Red Mill makes a good one.
How to store leftover Mexican white sauce?
The great thing about this sauce is the longer it sits, the better it gets! You can store it for up to 3 days in the fridge.
I keep mine in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid so I can just pour it out directly from the jar and reseal the rest.
Can I make it in advance?
Absolutely! Make it up to 48 hours ahead of time.
10-Min Mexican White Sauce Recipe
- Using a small sauce pan, melt 1/4 cup butter on medium heat. Add 3 Tablespoons of flour, stir and cook for about 1-2 minute.
- Slowly whisk in a small amount of chicken broth, whisk until there are no lumps then whisk in the rest of the chicken broth. Bring it to a boil.Into the same pan add 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup cream cheese, 4 oz. green chillies, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
- After it starts boiling turn off the heat and use in Chicken Chimichanga Recipe. Enjoy!
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