Tomatillo Salsa Verde

By DK on Dec 16, 2010
Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde (Green Sauce Recipe)
Though Pico de gallo seems to be the most commonly known Mexican salsa, I have come to know that this "Green salsa" or "Green Sauce",  which is what "Salsa Verde" stands for, is more common in a Mexican table! This version of salsa is very flexible - its enjoyed chunky, smooth, mildly hot or not hot at all, cooked or raw etc. etc. It all comes down to the diner's palate. We like our sauces/dips chunky and do not enjoy "hot" dishes. Hence have kept it simple and mild.
Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde (Green Sauce Recipe)
When I shifted to the US few years ago, I was an avid watcher of this show called "America's Test kitchen" which threw light on the intricacies and science of various dishes spanning different regions. I noted down their recipe and the methodology and I have followed it ever since cos I find it perfect to suit our requirements. Buy the freshest tomatillo cos the best ones gives the best flavors (duh!). The outer husk of the fresh tomatillos will be dry and papery. The tomatillos will be bright green with a fruity smell. Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde (Green Sauce Recipe) The show suggested that canned ones can be used as a substitute instead of fresh too although I have never done it personally.

recipe courtesy america's test kitchen

Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Yield: Makes about 2-1/2 cups
  • 1 pound fresh tomatillos (about 6-8), husked and washed
  • 1 small onion, chopped coarse ( I diced them into small pieces)
  • 1 medium jalapeno chile, seeds and ribs removed (retain them to add them into the salsa if you prefer the heat)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (garlic press works best)
  • about 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste
Bring about 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large pan. Add in 2 tsp of salt and the tomatillos into the water and cook till the color of the tomatillos dull slightly. They should be tender but not mushy. Takes about 6-10 minutes (depending on gas/electric range)
Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde (Green Sauce Recipe)
Drain them and drop them in ice cold water and let cool for few minutes. ( you can prepare an ice bath too).
Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde (Green Sauce Recipe)
Drain them once again and transfer to a food processor. I instead chopped them into chunks.
Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde (Green Sauce Recipe)
Add the remaining ingredients with salt (if needed) and give them a good toss.
Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde (Green Sauce Recipe)
It keeps well in air tight container in a fridge for up to 5 days. Return to room temp. and season with salt and lime juice if needed before serving. I served them with baked Blue Corn Tortilla Chips. Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde (Green Sauce Recipe)
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10 Responses to “Tomatillo Salsa Verde”
  1. Clarisse

    Tomatillo’s are NOT green tomatoes. They are not tomatoes at all.
    The tomatillo is a plant of the nightshade family, related to the cape gooseberry, bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico, and are a staple of that country’s cuisine.

  2. Rabaa

    it’s amazing but if i dont have green tomato what i do

    This dish is about Green tomatoes hence without it you cannot make it. Instead you can try making the Pica de gallo recipe that is on the left bar under the related recipes section

  3. This can go with so many things.

  4. James

    Instead of dropping in hot water. Stick them under a broiler until skin is charred. Peel off the black parts and do the rest of the recipe.
    Makes a much more intense taste.

  5. I love tomatillo salsa, though I have yet to make it. I don’t understand why I find salsa intimidating, it seems so incredibly simple. This recipe only contains a few ingredients and all but the tomatillos are already in my pantry. I may have to conquer my fear and give it a try!

  6. Extremely irresistible..

  7. Lovely salsa, yummy…

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