Creamy Spinach and Roasted Poblano Sauce

creamy spinach and roasted poblano sauce in a pan with a wooden spoon

Little message for your brain today 

Creamy spinach and roasted poblano sauce is a thing that you need.

And if you love Mexican food (which is, I think, a prerequisite for reading this blog – have I not made that clear yet?), you absolutely totally seriously must with this sauce. For a few reasons.

Reasons To Get Roasted Poblano Sauce In Your Life:

  1. Enchiladas of all kinds. covered in this sauce. Mic drop.
  2. Burritos. Smothered. Winning.
  3. Quesadillas saucified with spinach and roasted poblano goodness.
  4. Spicy breakfast potatoes and eggs blanketed in luscious, creamy, flavor-packed green.
  5. Roasted chicken with this sauce for dipping, served with a side of Mexican rice and beans, obviously, to mop up the extra sauce.
  6. (Any food in the universe) topped with, dipped in, or covered in this sauce.
  7. And finally, just because if we get right down to it, green sauces are generally pretty bomb. We saw this in 2015 through the introduction of things like Kale Pesto, Avocado Cilantro Dressing, and 5 Minute Magic Green Sauce. And now we can add one more to this list!

Its name is Creamy Spinach and Roasted Poblano Sauce.

At the base level with this sauce, we’re talking roasted poblanos, roasted garlic, and roasted onions. I mean… YEAH. Clear eyes full hearts can’t lose.

blender of spinach with onions and garlic
blender of spinach and roasted poblano sauce with wooden spoon

To the blender, we’re going to add some spinach and the combine the bright green ohmygoodness mixture with a creamy sauce base that we have bubbling on the stove, and the resulting sauce is a more subtle green with rocking flavor that is everything your Mexican food dreams are made of and more.

If I may be a tease for a hot second, this combo (breakfast enchiladas with chili potatoes, spicy turkey, eggs, tortillas, and cheese) is a PER-FECT example of what a person could do with such delicious sauce.

breakfast enchiladas with chili potatoes, spicy turkey, eggs, tortillas, and cheese

You’ll be seeing those breakfast enchiladas in full in tomorrow’s post, but for today, all hail the roasted poblano sauce that will bring your homemade Mexican food game to the NEXT LEVEL.

Roasted Poblano Sauce in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Creamy Spinach and Roasted Poblano Sauce

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: about 4 1/2 cups (roughly 10 half-cup servings)


The sauce for all your Mexican food wants and needs. It’s creamy, loaded with flavor, and totally versatile. So delicious! |


For Roasting:

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 poblano peppers, cut into large strips

For the rest of the sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk (warm)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (warm)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup spinach leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wrap the garlic in foil with a little bit of oil. Toss the poblano and onion with the remaining oil. Place all three items on a baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes or until very soft.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan and whisk in the flour to form a thick paste. Cook for a few minutes. Slowly whisk in the warm milk and chicken broth. If they are cold, it will be more difficult to achieve a smooth texture. Whisk/simmer until smooth and thick, 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add half of the creamy mixture to a blender or food processor with the roasted vegetables from step one. Add the spinach. Pulse until mostly smooth. Taste and adjust with additional salt, pepper, or other seasoning.
  4. Transfer to the saucepan and combine with remaining creamy sauce base. Season with additional salt and pepper. Use on enchiladas, burritos, veggie bowls, quesadillas, eggs, breakfast hash, or anything else that you want. Sauce for life!


The longer you simmer the sauce, the thicker it will get.

I found that for leftover sauce (which gets pretty thick) or for sauce that needed to be a different consistency (thinner to pour over enchiladas, for example) it was really easy to just add a little bit of additional chicken broth or water to thin it out. You can just eyeball it to the right consistency based on what you are using the sauce for.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: poblano sauce, spinach and roasted poblano sauce

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