Tomatillo Avocado Salsa (Salsa de Tomatillo y Aguacate) + Video
This delicious homemade avocado salsa, also known as Salsa de Guacamole or Guacamole Salsa, is a triumph. The creaminess of the avocados combined with tangy and roasted tomatillos, and the pop of spice from jalapeños and serranos make this salsa irresistible.
A warning—this Tomatillo Avocado Salsa can be addictive! I first tasted guacamole salsa in my 20’s in Ixtapa, Mexico, and I just had to figure out how to make it myself at home.
This homemade salsa recipe was originally published in the Muy Bueno cookbook and now I’m sharing it here on the blog. Exciting, right?
I often make avocado tomatillo salsa instead of guacamole. Not only does it save money (avocados can be expensive!), but it also has a wonderful tanginess from the tomatillos that my tastebuds crave. I also love the pourable consistency, making it bridge the gap between guacamole and salsa.
When should I make Guacamole Salsa?
Salsa de guacamole is great to make when tomatillos are in peak season from early Summer through late Fall. Tomatillo avocado salsa is so flavorful, so addicting, and so delicious that you’ll want to make it every week.
It is great as a dip or as a topping and it stretches your avocados a long way. All that is needed is three avocados and about eight tomatillos to make four delicious cups of salsa. And the best part? Because of all of the acidity in the tomatillos, this salsa won’t brown and oxidize like traditional guacamole so you can make it ahead!
TIP: Fresh tomatillos, also known as husk tomatoes, have an outer husk that you need to remove before using. The surface of the tomatillo will feel sticky after you remove it, but all you need to do is rinse it clean. EASY!
How to make this easy guacamole salsa
Creamy avocado salsa starts with roasting tomatillos, garlic cloves, serrano peppers, and jalapeños together on a grill, in the broiler, or on the stovetop on a comal (cast iron griddle). Once roasted, puree with a handful of cilantro, salt, ripe avocados, and water.
TIP: Roasted pepper skins should be removed prior to blending. While they are still hot after roasting, put them in a covered bowl or plastic bag to steam. The skins should now slide off easily.
TIP: If you don’t love spicy foods, but still love salsa, you’re in luck. Roasting the peppers will make them less spicy, but still have some bite (about a medium salsa heat). Looking for a mild salsa? Simply remove the seeds and ribs from the peppers after roasting.
How to store this tomatillo avocado salsa
The acidity of the tomatillos preserves the avocados and keeps this guacamole salsa fresh for up to one week in the refrigerator. It tastes best at room temperature, though, so give it a few minutes to warm up if you have any leftover. That said, I’ll be shocked if you can resist eating the whole batch in one sitting!
Watch the video below to see step-by-step instructions on how to make this beautiful green salsa.
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Tomatillo Avocado Salsa (Salsa de Tomatillo y Aguacate)
- 8 tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed
- 1 Serrano peppers, stemmed - or up to 2
- 2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed
- 1 unpeeled clove garlic
- 3 avocados, pitted and peeled
- 1 handful cilantro
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to broil. Roast the tomatillos, serrano peppers, jalapeño peppers, and garlic on a foil-lined baking sheet until blackened all over, about 5 minutes. Flip them over and roast the other sides for an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent the tomatillos from burning.
- Place roasted peppers in a plastic bag, close the bag and allow the peppers to steam until the skins loosen, about 10 minutes.
- While the peppers are cooling off, peel off skin from garlic and discard. After the peppers have steamed, peel skin off and discard.
- Place in a blender the cooled tomatillos, roasted and peeled peppers, roasted garlic, avocados, cilantro, water, and salt. Blend until creamy.
- I especially love this salsa when freshly made and served at room temperature. If you make it ahead of time, just allow some time to bring it to room temperature from the refrigerator.
- This salsa will keep for up to one week in the refrigerator.
- This recipe yields a medium heat salsa. If you prefer mild salsa, simply remove the ribs and seeds of the peppers before pureeing.
Photography by Jenna Sparks
This Tomatillo Avocado Salsa recipe was originally published October 2019 and published in the Muy Bueno cookbook. I have added a video, rewritten, updated photos, and republished it to share frequently asked questions.