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    Green Tomatillo Salsa

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    justcallmetoni's Note:

    Recipe by Rick Bayless and originally submitted by Mean Chef. I adopted this recipe in September 2006.

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    • 8 ounces tomatillos, husked and rinsed (5 to 6 medium)
    • hot green pepper (roughly 2 serranos or 1 jalapeno, stemmed and roughly chopped)
    • 5 -6 sprigs fresh cilantro, roughly chopped (long bottom stems removed)
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
    • salt


    1. 1
      Roast the tomatillos and chile (s) on a baking sheet 4 inches below a very hot broiler, until darkly roasted, evenly blackened in spots, about 5 minutes.
    2. 2
      Flip them over and roast the other side; 4 or 5 minutes more will give you splotchy-black and blistered tomatillos and chiles that are soft and cooked through.
    3. 3
      Cool and transfer everything to a blender, including all of the delicious juice that has run out into the baking sheet.
    4. 4
      Add the cilantro and the 1/4 cup water and blend to a coarse puree.
    5. 5
      Rinse the onion under cold water, then shake to remove excess moisture.
    6. 6
      Stir into the salsa and season with salt, usually a generous 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 24, 2003


      Fabulous! Rick Bayless is the best!I used serrano peppers, but they burned under the broiler, so I ended up chopping one finely and adding it to the blender stage. This made for a tasty and nicely colored salsa. My BF found it a bit spicy, and I was considering adding more cilantro or even some cayenne. So, I guess you could say this was mild-medium in heat. I loved it and will definitely make again. Thanks MEAN for getting this recipe to me. Glad I finally got the chance to try it.

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    • on March 09, 2010


      Didn't know what to expect being this is the first time I've ever tried anything with tomatillos. What a great surprise! I followed the recipe except I didn't add the 1/4 c of water since I felt it was watered down enough with roasting the tomatillos. After the tomatillos cooled off a bit I put them and the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and blended it all together. Came out just right however I think next time I will add some fresh squeezed lime and more cilantro. Got the thumbs up from my family.

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    • on February 18, 2013


      This is a good salsa recipe. We like it! Rick Bayless really knows his stuff. Served this one up on taqueria style tacos. Thanks for sharing-

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    Nutritional Facts for Green Tomatillo Salsa

    Serving Size: 1 (278 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 60.7
    Calories from Fat 14
    Total Fat 1.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 5.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
    Sugars 7.1 g
    Protein 1.9 g

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