Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe
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This recipe for roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde is a delicious addition to your salsa repertoire.
For many years I had made fresh salsa but never salsa verde, so I wasn’t sure of what to expect when I first made Tomatillo Salsa Verde. It’s a tangy, zesty salsa, but usually milder in heat than tomato salsas.
Tomatillos are a smallish green fruit covered with a paper-like husk. It’s easy to grow Tomatillos in your garden and even easier to homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde.
How to Make Tomatillo Salsa Verde
Do you want to see how easy it is? Here’s what you’ll need: tomatillos, jalapeños, onion, garlic, cilantro and salt.
Under the papery skin, tomatillos are a little sticky, so you’ll need to wash them in warm water to remove the sticky stuff. I also soaked them in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes, then rinsed them well.
Next a quick roasting of the garlic, onion, jalapeños and tomatillos will take the flavor to the next level. Roasting vegetables is a simple way to intensify flavor. Chop the onion in half, crush the garlic, leave the jalapeños and tomatillos whole. Roast on a baking sheet in a 400-degree F oven for about 15 minutes, turning all halfway through roasting time. When roasted, tomatillos will turn a warm yellow in color.
After roasting, peel the garlic, de-seed and rough chop the jalapeño, then peel and rough chop the onion.
Finally, time to chop it all up. Transfer all of the roasted ingredients, along with the fresh cilantro and salt, into a food processor or blender and process until desired texture is achieved.
There’s no real right or wrong order or way to process the salsa, but I always like to chop the spicy stuff first in order to make sure the spicy ingredients get chopped up into small pieces. It’s no fun biting into a big piece of jalapeño.
Lots of fresh cilantro makes it very green! And green is always a good thing.
Serve with chips, veggies or even as a hotdog topping. Yes, Tomatillo Salsa Verde even a delicious replacement for pickle relish.
Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe
Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe
Homemade tomatillo salsa verde is easy to make and such a delicious addition to many dishes.
- 2 pounds tomatillos, husks removed & washed
- 6 jalapeños
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 medium-large onion
- 2/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 teaspoon salt
- Chop the onion in half, crush the garlic, and leave the jalapeños and tomatillos whole. Roast on a baking sheet in a 400-degrees F oven for about 15 minutes, turning all halfway over through roasting time.
- Peel the garlic, deseed and rough chop the jalapeño, and peel and rough chop the onion.
- In a food processor, add all roasted ingredients, plus cilantro and salt and pulse until all ingredients are chopped and desired consistency is reached.
Such gorgeous photos! Love the recipe, too. Maybe I’ll add a tomatillo plant to my garden next year…
I like to add a bit of honey. It brings out the sweetness in the tomatillos. The roasted onion and garlic is a great tip.
Oh delish. And we have some sweet ones in our garden right now!
Oh that looks wonderful!!! I’m going to have to look for tomatillos at the Farmers Market this week. Great inspiration.
Thanks for this recipe! I made it using your directions with no changes and it was (is) delicious. A great way to use the tomatillos and jalapeno peppers I received from my food co-op last week.
Making this as soon as our kitchen is back up and running!
Gorgeous photos! All of that green is so happy. I have never made a salsa verde…..thanks for the inspiration. I must try this recipe 🙂
Guess what I bought at the grocery store today?? What, you don’t want to guess? 😉 I got everything to make this recipe and my neighbor gave me jalapenos from his garden. CAN’T WAIT! I planted tomatillos, but so far nothing…just a few flowers. I am disappointed.
You have to have TWO plants minimum or they wont pollinate and you wont get any fruit at all. I found that out the hard way. They dont tell you on the plant tag.
Finally getting around to posting this dish; so thank you for the recipe. Even though I’ve always sort of thrown stuff together without measuring, I was glad to have a resource that provided those measures so I can share this easy but yummy salsa with my friends!
Great photos!!! I am about to try the salsa but thanks for the gorgeous display of the process.
hi there…i just wanted to say that i really like your site. i like the pics that you post with your step by step instructions. 🙂
This recipe is awesome. I’ve never had tomatillos before this recipe and now I’m sold! My daughter (2 1/2 yrs old) drank what was left in her little bowl after she ran out of chips. lol.
I modify many of the recipes I find on the internet or in cook books to suit my taste, but I just made this and I would not change a thing. Simple and perfect recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.
P.S. Your pictures are great, and part of the reason I went with your recipe.
Hi, I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have grown tomatillos for the first time this year. I planted 7 seedlings. Wow, Now I have a hundred or so blooms. I will need to can this recipe. Does any one know if I can can this the same way as I can tomatoes? Thanks, Salsa.verde
I have this in the oven roasting now. Just the smell that is enveloping my apartment is making my mouth water. Cannot wait to try this!
I just found this blog and I’m about to make this recipe. So glad I found it. It looks amazing and your photo’s are absolutely wonderful!
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Amy for including the most exquisite photo’s in your recipe.
Always wanted to learn how to use tomatillo’s, had two pounds on hand from our local CSA.
found this recipe and it was just great! Thank you!
Just made this recipe and it was wonderful. My only variance was I smoked everything but the cilantro for 3 hours instead of roasting, which was my original intent when I looked for a recipe.
At five different Mexican restaurants with which I am familiar in four different states, Tomatillo salsa is sharply distinguished from Salsa verde. “Tomatillo salsa verde” is not listed on any of their menus. They have salsa verde, the green relatively mild salsa that looks like the photos above, and they have tomatillo salsa, a dark, brownish red and rather thick liquid which is fairly hot and has a very robust flavor. I am looking for a recipe for the latter, tomatillo salsa, but all I am able to locate is salsa verde recipes. Any suggestions?
just change yours chiles, instead jalapeno use dry arbol chile also known as piquin it is large and spicy.
Just made this salsa verde, and it came out great. First time ever making salsa, blended it in my vitamix. My home smells so good
Just made this recipe.. AWESOME! I am making two batches next time and I also now know what everyone will get for Christmas this coming year, only tweak I will do next time around is add some colored peppers just to add some color… WHOA.. the heat is still creeping up on me LoL.. anyone know any good recipes for a tomatoes based salsa that carries around the same amount of heat?