Salsa Verde

Salsa VerdeI love Salsa Verde with chips for a snack or to serve it as an appetizer. Salsa Verde is also amazing served along side any meat, or on burgers and hotdogs as a fresh zippy condiment!

Salsa Verde ~tomatillosSalsa verde is made with tomatillos, which are a staple in Mexican cooking. The tomatillo is also known as tomato verde or green tomato. The fruit of the tomatillo is about the size of a large cherry tomato but can get as large as an apricot, and is white on the inside and meatier than a tomato. They grow inside of a husk which covers the outside of the fruit, this husk can be anywhere from a  pale green color to a light brown. The husks are inedible and should be removed before use.  Once removed the tomatillo is covered in a sticky substance that needs to be rinsed off before preparing the fruit.

I have to admit I used to be a bit intimidated by this strange fruit, but seriously it so easy to make fresh salsa with.  Now I say fresh salsa because I’m not canning this, but in reality I have roasted the vegetables to make this salsa.  You can also make this completely fresh not cooked, but I like the extra depth of flavor roasting gives this sauce.

So here’s how I do it!!

Salsa Verde ~ washing tomatillosTake the wee little husks off the wee little tomatillos.  Then rinse the little suckers to remove the sticky stuff.  I don’t have any evidence that this sticky stuff will harm you, I just rinse it off, cause that’s what I’ve read to do.


Salsa Verde - tomatilloCut them in half, and place them in a bowl.  Sort of looks like a grape inside doesn’t it?


Salsa Verde ~ fresh and homemadeAdd one whole jalapeno and one seeded and destemmed jalapeno, along with the garlic, and an onion to at the bowl.  If you prefer zero heat well then you better take the seeds and stem off the second jalapeño too.  If you love heat leave all the seeds and membranes in and add a third jalapeño pepper.  Ole’!


Salsa VerdeDrizzle all that with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.


Salsa VerdeSpread it out on a baking sheet and bake it for 30 minutes.  Let cool and toss it all in your blender or food processor.  Ole’!


Salsa Verde

Then squeeze yourself some lime juice on in there.  Did you notice my food processor is broken….it is.  It has been.  It will be.  It still works, it’s just missing the little do-dad that goes on the top of the middle part.  He kinda sorta got chopped up in the garbage disposal. MMhmm.


Salsa VerdeThen add the cumin, sugar, salt, cilantro and all that good stuff.  Take a deep breath through your nose.  Ahhhh wuhnderbar, Ole’!


Salsa VerdePulse for about 1 minute, or until salsa is uniformly pureed.  Be careful not to over process.  You don’t want your salsa getting all foamy.



Salsa VerdeThat’s how it’s done!  Pour it in a dish, or store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator until ready to eat.


Salsa VerdeGrab a bag of chips and dig in!!  I can’t stop eating this salsa.  I’m obsessed with it!


There are seriously so many versions of this recipe.  Here are a few I’d love to try!

 Eat Drink Love’s! Salsa Verde no cooking involved.

She Wears Many Hats Tomatillo Salsa Verde lots of peppers!

Wallflower Wonderland canned Salsa Verde

A Spicy Perspective Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde


So much salsa not enough time!


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  1. 1
    Sandy :

    I love that you explained in detail how to deal with the tomatillo! I’ve never been brave enough to cook with them. But now I will! Sad thing is, I just bought a jar of salsa verde at the store Today! If only I had seen this first!

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      Sheila :

      I know what you mean. It took me a lot of years to get the courage to figure out what to do with these strange looking paper covered tomatoes! Have no fear! Eat that jar of salsa and then go make yourself some! Thanks for stopping in!

  2. 2

    What a great use for tomatillos!
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  3. 3

    I could walk into your kitchen and feel perfectly at home. The doodah going down the garbage disposal said it all. I have a food processor that works but the off switch is broken. To make it run I have to turn the switch off at the wall. (Yes, our outlets have on off switches)

    Your salsa verde would make me very happy indeed.
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    I too only recently discovered the tomatillo and I really like using it for salsas! I never thought of pureeing the salsa into a salsa verde, this is a great idea. I love combining tomatillos with either peaches or mangos in the salsa, since the tomatillo is a little citrusy and sour tasting to me.
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