Tomatillo Salsa 6 Comments

Aug 13, 2009

Fresh salsa can be a little intimidating, especially if you’re used to seeing the fabulous concoctions that come out of Mexican restaurants. This simple tomatillo salsa also known as salsa verde will take away any hesitation you have about whipping up your own. The best thing about it is, as long as you start with the ingredients below, there is almost no way that it won’t end up tasting amazing.

Don’t buy store bought salsa this summer, make your own heat instead with this tomatillo salsa. This recipe also makes a great hostess gift. Package the salsa in a mason jar for a great presentation.


8-10 medium sized tomatillos
of medium white onion
Chiles (we used Serrano chiles but many others would work too) -- as many as you'd like, depending on spice, we used 2
½ cup fresh cilantro
Salt and lime to taste
Avocado (optional)


2 cups


Remove the outer husk and wash the tomatillos. Bring them to boil in a large pot with the onion and chiles, covered in water, for about 5-10 minutes, just until their color changes and they get a bit soft.

Put everything in a blender or food processor, along with the cilantro and salt, and pulse until it is a smooth texture (but don’t over-blend).

Add lime to taste. You can also add ½ an avocado when you blend the mixture if you want a creamier salsa (we didn’t use one this time around).

Add a few sprigs of cilantro to the bowl. Serve immediately (still warm) or let it cool in the fridge.

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This looks gorgeous! In taste, texture, and flavor!

Kitty, over 4 years ago

In my view, roasting the tomatillos is better than boiling them. Also, a small amount of sugar (be careful, just a little will do) is helpful.

—A cook in Austin, over 4 years ago

Beautiful salsa! This make me want to reach for the chips.

lisaiscooking, over 4 years ago

Mmmm I love green salsa. Have you ever tried fire roasting the veggies before blending? It gives it a different flavor profile.

Marc @ NoRecipes, over 4 years ago

Just finished making it with a variation on the peppers. Roasted veggies a wee bit on the BBQ grill after boiling and then blended with a splash of lime. Fresh and delicious.

—Kim, over 4 years ago

I love green salsa. Have you ever tried fire roasting the veggies before blending? It gives it a different flavor profile

batteries, over 3 years ago

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