Tomatillo Salsa or Salsa Verde

by Erica Dinho on January 10, 2010

I have a special love for authentic Mexican food, which differs from much of what we are served at typical American style Mexican restaurants. I am not an expert at cooking Mexican cuisine but I do love to play in my kitchen with the amazing flavors they use. There is nothing better than homemade salsa and I made my first tomatillo salsa last week and it came out fantastic. You can use it as a dip with tortilla chips or add it to your favorite Mexican dishes.

Buen Provecho!



  • 10 tomatillos, husked
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 jalapeño peppers, diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat place the tomatillos in water. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Place the cooked tomatillos and remaining ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best January 10, 2010 at 12:45 PM

This looks like a great salsa to go over meat like carnitas! It looks so good!


2 Sook January 10, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Oh thanks for this recipe! I’ve been looking for a great salsa verde recipe everywhere. This looks wonderful.


3 Baking is my Zen January 10, 2010 at 12:59 PM

So delicious! I will try it soon.


4 Ivy January 10, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Must try this. I have never used tomatillos and shall look out for them as it sounds delicious.


5 rebecca January 10, 2010 at 2:01 PM

oh this looks really good, I want to learn more Mexican food as well



6 Oysterculture January 10, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I love making tomatillo salsa, one because of the flavor and two, you can say “I made that” and people get very impressed. I’m about due to impress some folks again, will have to try your recipe.


7 Erica January 10, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Thank you guys!


8 Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home January 10, 2010 at 5:50 PM

So vibrant and fresh! I haven’t had proper salsa verde for a long time. I should have paid more attention to mi abuelita cooking every summer vacation in Mexico instead of running around at the beach! Mexican food in nyc is craptastic!


9 monicajane January 10, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I came because I’ve not been around and I wanted to see the cheese and pepper muffins…then I got delightfully pulled away from my mission…

this is gorgeous and I love tomatillo sauce.

off to find your muffins now


10 Velva January 10, 2010 at 9:28 PM

We were just having a conversation at work about making an authentic Mexican salsa. I can remember a co-worker saying that tomatillos is the only way to really make a good Mexican salsa or verde. I will have to share your post with her.



11 Jhonny Walker January 10, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Hey Erica,
this is so know I first knew of tomatillos from a Rach ray episode..since then I have been hooked..I don’t get to use it as much as I would like to though :)


12 DebinHawaii January 11, 2010 at 2:05 AM

I love salsa verde–this looks delicious. I am going to try to get some tomatillos and try this soon.


13 vinolia January 11, 2010 at 3:19 AM

that’s a delicious dip!!! mmmm, with the garlic and the corainder, must have tasted great!


14 Erica January 11, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Thank you so much everyone for visiting :)


15 Chef E January 11, 2010 at 12:16 PM

I have to say that once I had this version of salsa I was hooked. You would die if you saw how much I pour onto my rice and food when eating. Matter of fact I want it tonight for our dinner! I am a salsa addict too, lol! My dad’s fault when he brought chilies to our table as a youngster!


16 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 12, 2010 at 2:07 AM

That looks delicious! I’m more partial towards green salsa than tomato salsa for some reason so this is really up my alley :D


17 Karen January 12, 2010 at 11:31 AM

I love fresh salsa verde… and so easy to make!


18 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

I adore tomatillo salsa! I would love to make my own! Looks s yummy – love the color!


19 Michelle January 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I made a tomatillo sauce a few months ago. I’ve had little experience making Mexican Food and while picking out my tomatillos I had a rather long conversation with several woman about how to pick a good tomatillo! It was fun and they were right, I made a delicious tomatillo sauce!


20 Danielle January 12, 2010 at 6:21 PM

ive been making salsa verde for years but have never added sugar or cumin. I’ll give that a try next time. I just love the color!


21 Muneeba January 14, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Gorgeous .. I was introduced to salsa verde only a couple of years ago, and I gotta say I love it way more than the red salsa. Great recipe!


22 Erica January 20, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!


23 Donna August 4, 2010 at 11:57 PM



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