Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Here is a quick and easy way to make tomatillo, or salsa verde, in the oven. I was reminded of this great recipe a few week ago when Amy, from She wears many Hats posted it on her blog. Before making my own salsa verde, I had only had it in a few restaurants and out of a can. I really despised that green sauce. It wasn’t until I made my own, I knew just how wonderful salsa verde can be. We’re lucky here in central Florida, we can find many Hispanic ingredients, like tomatillos, easily all year round. In the recipe below, I roasted the vegetables. You can also place the vegetables under the broiler, you could grill them, or you can go the traditional route and boil them. It’s all a matter of preference. In my version, I left in the seeds of the jalapenos for more heat, but feel free to remove them, or use chipotle peppers instead.

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Tomatillo Salsa Verde

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2 lbs tomatillos, husked
1 small sweet onion
2 jalapenos, seeds removed for less heat
2 cloves of garlic
1 large bunch of fresh cilantro
kosher salt
olive oil


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place tomatillos, onion, garlic, and jalapenos on a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little kosher salt.
Roast for 15 - 20 minutes, turning once. Tomatillos are done when they start to turn gold in color. Remove from oven when done and let cool.
Place roasted vegetables in food processor, in batches, and puree until smooth. Mix in a large bowl until well incorporated.

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  20 Responses to “Tomatillo Salsa Verde”

  1. Cookin' Canuck โ€” August 19, 2010 @ 10:06 am

    Roasting tomatillos is my favorite way to make salsa. I love the simplicity of the flavors and the process.

  2. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog โ€” August 19, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    Scrumptious green sauce (opps in my Spanish salsa verde) that match perfect with grilled meats ๐Ÿ™‚



  3. Monet โ€” August 19, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    This is by far my husband’s most favorite salsa. He tried to make it a few weeks ago, but ended up burnign his hands badly from the jalapenos. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’m going to give it to him tonight!

  4. marla {family fresh cooking} โ€” August 19, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    I have never made a salsa verde, but your looks amazing. Thanks for a great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme โ€” August 19, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    Love salsa verde. I saw Amy’s version, too, and I thought it looked fabulous. I always ask for salsa verde with the carne asada tacos at our favorite mexican restaurant. So different from the red salsa!

  6. Drick โ€” August 19, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    great, pure in simple form – just can’t get any better … love it

  7. Heather Iacobacci โ€” August 19, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    YUM RT @EclecticRecipes: Tomatillo Salsa Verde: quick & easy way to make tomatillo, or salsa verde, in the oven

  8. Sydney Shore โ€” August 20, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    RT @EclecticRecipes: Easy Salsa Verde!

  9. grace โ€” August 20, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    i had the most amazing tomatillo salsa the other day–it had some sort of sweetness in it and it was just perfect. beautiful.

  10. Kim โ€” August 20, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    My tomato crop failed this year, but my tomatilloes are growing up beautifully inside their little husks. They look like miniature hot air balloons hovering among their vines. I can’t wait to make this!

  11. Fight the Fat Foodie โ€” August 20, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

    Looks fantastic! One of my favorites. I like to throw a little guacamole in mine to make it a little creamy.

  12. averagebetty โ€” August 20, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    Wow! This looks like a great recipe… I love salsa verde!

  13. Nicole @ Making Good Choices โ€” August 24, 2010 @ 8:36 am

    I’ve had this a couple of times at restaurants but that’s it. I wonder if I can get all the ingredients by me, I’ll have to be on the lookout because it looks so yummy!

  14. Matt Kay โ€” August 29, 2010 @ 4:14 am

    There is nothing more addictive to me than salsa verde over chicken enchilladas. Sadly I don’t make it very often. I think seeing this was the kick in the pants that I needed. ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. City Share โ€” August 30, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    This salsa looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I think I’m going to make it tonight.

  16. Alta โ€” September 3, 2010 @ 5:36 am

    Love me some tomatillo salsa, looks great! I like the table underneath in your photo. Great visual interest.

  17. Megan โ€” October 26, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

    This sounds awesome and a must try!

  18. Diane {} โ€” November 22, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

    Looks delicious!

  19. Kris G โ€” October 29, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    I just made this with fresh tomatillos I had to harvest lest they blow away with Sandy- I don’t have cilantro in there yet (roads are closed!) but it’s still a lovely, fresh salsa I look forward to using soon! Thanks so much!

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