Tomatillo Salsa is one of my favorite sauces. My recipe for an Authentic Mexican Tomatillo Salsa | Salsa Verde is a little tart, a little spicy, and very versatile. This salsa is a beautiful bright green and has a hint of smokiness from the roasting. You can use Salsa Verde the same way you use a tomato salsa.
What are Tomatillos?
Pronounced tow·muh·tee·ow. Tomatillo’s originated in Mexico, they are either green or purple (usually green) and covered in a papery husk. Although they are in the same family as the tomato plant they are not green tomatoes. When the papery husk is removed, they are sticky like they are covered in tree sap and have a similar appearance to a green tomato. Green tomatillos are tart and purple or reddish ones are more sweet than sour.
Ingredients for a Salsa Verde
My Tomatillo Salsa is a very simple recipe with only 5-ingredients plus salt. This recipe is quick and easy to prepare and it can be either oven-roasted or pan-roasted. However, I prefer roasting it on the stovetop in a dry skillet.
- Tomatillo: These are the main ingredient, and what gives the sauce its beautiful color and slightly tart flavor
- Peppers: Serrano or jalapeno peppers can be used for heat and flavor. Serrano chilies will be hotter than jalapenos, I personally prefer the flavor of jalapenos. Seeds and the white membrane inside the pepper can be removed for less heat.
- Roasted Garlic: Roasting the garlic produces a mellowed, slightly sweet flavor that adds a complexity to the salsa
- White Onions: Cut into quarters, the caramelized onions have a deep, rich flavor.
- Fresh Cilantro: Or coriander depending on which country you’re in. Cilantro is the only ingredient not roasted. The flavor and intense green color add a brightness, warmth, and depth to the salsa. That amazing green color is the Verde in this Salsa.
How to use Salsa Verde
I use this sauce on a wide variety of Mexican or Tex-Mex recipes. I love this salsa on chicken, fish, and pork tacos, spinach enchiladas, pork, and Carne de Puerco con nopales en salsa verde, huevos rancheros, you name it. It’s excellent as an appetizer with tortilla chips as well!
Here is my recipe for an Authentic Mexican Tomatillo Salsa | Salsa Verde
Authentic Mexican Tomatillo Salsa | Salsa Verde
- 10 Tomatillos Husk removed
- 1/2 White Onion
- 5 Cloves Garlic Skin on for roasting
- 2-3 Jalapeños Or Serrano peppers. Seeds removed for medium heat
- 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Bunch Cilantro Stems and leaves
- 1/4 Cup Water
- Add everything except salt and cilantro to a dry skillet over medium heat. Roast for 15 minutes, turn and roast for an additional 15 minutes
- Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth