Salsa Verde + Video

Skip the jar salsa, and make this easy homemade Salsa Verde.

What is salsa verde?

Salsa verde is Spanish for “green salsa”and is usually tomatillo based. It can be used to dip tortilla chips or Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Jalapeño, a topping for tacos, or cooked as a sauce for Enchiladas Verdes and Chilaquiles Verdes.

What is salsa verde made from?

Salsa verde is very simple to make with easy to find ingredients — all you need are tomatillos, garlic, onion, jalapeño, serrano, and cilantro. This salsa is fresh, tangy, and slightly spicy.

What’s the Difference Between Green Tomatoes and Tomatillos?

Green tomatoes are hard and unripe tomatoes while tomatillos are tart and acidic. Tomatillos are also called “tomate verde” or green tomato, the tomatillo is a staple in Mexican cooking. The outer husk must be removed prior to using for cooking. Tomatillos have a white inner layer that is somewhat meatier than a red tomato and a tart flavor that makes them perfect for salsas and other Mexican dishes. I do not recommend substituting green tomatoes for this recipe.

To de-seed or not to de-seed chile peppers

I am often asked if I remove seeds from chile peppers. I personally do not remove seeds, because I love spicy salsa. If you want a mild salsa feel free to seed and devein chiles.

Salsa Verde is healthy

My mom always reminds me that homemade salsa has zero Weight Watcher points and is a healthy condiment. This salsa verde is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

How to make Salsa Verde

  1. Boil tomatillos for about 15 minutes. Remove tomatillos from the water and allow them to cool before blending.
  2. Roast the garlic cloves in their skins in a dry pan until skin is charred, about 10 minutes. Cool and remove skins.
  3. In a blender place the cooled tomatillos, chopped peppers, garlic, onion, cilantro, and salt and blend for about 1 minute.
  4. Salsa should be chunky. Add more salt if needed.

How to use salsa verde?

Here are a few recipes that use salsa verde as an ingredient.

If you like this salsa you might also like these homemade salsas:

Salsa Verde

Salsa verde is very simple to make with easy to find ingredients -- all you need are tomatillos, garlic, onion, jalapeño, serrano, and cilantro. This salsa is fresh, tangy, and slightly spicy.
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Servings: 2 to 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 8 to matillos husks removed and rinsed
  • 2 serrano peppers stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ onion chopped
  • Handful of cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Boil tomatillos for about 15 minutes. Remove tomatillos from the water and allow them to cool before blending.
  • Roast the garlic cloves in their skins in a dry pan until skin is charred, about 10 minutes. Cool and remove skins.
  • In a blender place the cooled tomatillos, chopped peppers, garlic, onion, cilantro, and salt and blend for about 1 minute.
  • Salsa should be chunky. Add more salt if needed.
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Watch this video to see how quick this salsa verde can be made.

This salsa verde recipe was originally published in 2011 and published in the Muy Bueno cookbook. I have added a video, rewritten, and republished it to share frequently asked questions.

Photography by Jeanine Thurston