Whether it’s savory fish tacos on homemade tortillas or nachos piled high with seasoned beef and tangy Queso sauce, these dishes wouldn’t really be the same without this unmistakable and unbeatable green salsa.
If you’re just learning about this delicious salsa or just haven’t jumped on finding a recipe, here’s our guide on how to make tomatillo salsa to go with all your most beloved Mexican dishes.
What is Tomatillo Salsa?
Tomatillo salsa, or salsa verde, is a spicy and tangy condiment made from fresh or cooked tomatillos, green chili peppers and seasonings. It is used on or to complement tons of different Mexican dishes.
This particular recipe is made from ingredients that are cooked ahead of time, before blending into a slightly chunky concoction, one of these ingredients being the tomatillo itself (it looks sort of like a green tomato).
Step #1. Prepare Ingredients & Tools
- 1 pound tomatillos, chopped
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 Serrano chili pepper, stemmed, seeded & diced
- 2 1/2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
- 1 tbsp. oregano, chopped
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- Salt, to taste
- 2 cups water
Step #2. Place Tomatillos in Saucepan
Place the tomatillos, onion, garlic, and chili pepper into a saucepan with the water.
Step #3. Add Seasoning
Add the cilantro, oregano and cumin to the pot.
Step #4. Bring Tomatillo Mixture to a Boil
Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until tomatillos are soft (10 to 15 minutes). Remove tomatillos, onions, etc. with a slotted spoon into a blender jar.
Step #5. Pulse
Pulse the cooked tomatillos, onions, garlic, cilantro, and chili pepper in a blender until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season with salt, to taste.
Step #6. Serve
You can chill it or serve warm with tortilla chips and enjoy. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Now you’ve got everything you need to make amazing green salsa right at home whenever you want. Just one bite scooped up with a tortilla chip or dolloped onto a taco and you’ll see exactly why you needed this recipe in your rotation in the first place.
There’s really nothing quite like a homemade tomatillo salsa, especially one made with fresh ingredients that you cooked yourself. This salsa emits such a wonderful aroma while cooking, you’d think you were actually in a Mexican restaurant.
How Long Does Tomatillo Salsa Last?
Cooked, homemade tomatillo salsa can last up to a week in the fridge in an airtight container.
Like with any recipe you take on in your own kitchen, it gives you a new level of freedom to experiment with flavors and amounts that you couldn’t get at a restaurant or out of a jar. Want some more spice? Add some more cumin or another pepper or two. Missing some sweetness? Try a touch of brown sugar or agave nectar.
Try serving it with our Grilled Halibut Tacos! What’s your favorite way to eat tomatillo salsa? Make up a batch today and let us know!
How to Make Tomatillo Salsa
- 2 cups water
- 1 pound tomatillos - chopped
- ½ cup onion - chopped
- 1 garlic clove - minced
- 1 Serrano chili pepper - stemmed, seeded and diced
- 2 ½ tablespoons cilantro - chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano - chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt - to taste
- Place the tomatillos, onion, garlic, and chili pepper into a saucepan with the water.
- Add the cilantro, oregano and cumin to the pot.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until tomatillos are soft (10 to 15 minutes). Remove tomatillos, onions, etc. with a slotted spoon into a blender jar.
- Pulse the cooked tomatillos, onions, garlic, cilantro, and chili pepper in a blender until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season with salt, to taste.
- You can chill it or serve warm with tortilla chips and enjoy.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.
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