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    Salsa Verde (Mexican Green Tomato Sauce)

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    20 mins

    15 mins

    5 mins

    Chef #726534's Note:

    From Diana Kennedy's "From My Mexican Kitchen: Techniques and Ingredients." This is the best green salsa I've ever made. It can be used as a straight salsa or as a sauce to cook meat in.

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    Serves: 8



    Units: US | Metric

    • 453.59 g tomatillo, husks removed and rinsed
    • 3 serrano chilies, finely chopped
    • 118.29 ml cilantro, roughly chopped and loosely packed
    • 29.58 ml cilantro, roughly chopped for garnish
    • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
    • 29.58 ml white onions, roughly chopped
    • sea salt


    1. 1
      Put the tomatillos whole in a small saucepan, barely cover with water, and bring to a simmer. lower the heat and continue cooking until soft but not falling apart, about 5 minutes depending on size. Drain, reserving the cooking water.
    2. 2
      Using a molcajete: Mash and grind together the chiles, 1/2 cup cilantro, the garlic, onion, and salt. Add the tomatillos a few at a time, crushing and grinding well after each addition and adding a little of the cooking liquid until you have a textured sauce of medium consistency. You will probably need about 1/2 cup or even more of the cooking liquid.
    3. 3
      Using a blender: Put 1/3 cup of the cooking water into the blender jar. Add the chiles, 1/2 cup cilantro, the garlic, and the onion and grind to a paste. Add the tomatillos a little at a time, blending with about 1/3 cup more of the cooking liquid until you have a textured sauce of medium consistency. Add salt to taste.
    4. 4
      To serve: Sprinkle the top with the extra cilantro.

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    Nutritional Facts for Salsa Verde (Mexican Green Tomato Sauce)

    Serving Size: 1 (63 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 20.7
    Calories from Fat 5
    Total Fat 0.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 1.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 2.4 g
    Protein 0.6 g

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