Tomatillo Free Salsa Verde

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Recipe by ATM 67

Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce, and verde is the Spanish word for green. While the vast majority of mexican green sauces use tomatillos as their base, this recipe has only two ingredients, and neither one is tomatillo. I "discovered" this salsa at a roadside taco stand near TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY, the premier university in Monterrey, Mexico. I was traveling to Monterrey monthly for about a year, and I frequented this taco stand on my visits. It took alot of work for me to get the owner of the business to give me his recipe. I was amazed by this salsa's spice, flavor and simplicity.

Top Review by jlynn_cmc_edu

Thank you -- it tasted excellent and is very simple. I've been looking all over for an authentic tasting salsa verde recipe without tomatillos (I'm allergic) and this is perfect!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper
  • 1 -1 12 tablespoon corn oil


  1. Place the jalepeno (s) in a food processor or blender.
  2. Purée the jalepeno.
  3. Slowly incorporate the corn oil, while continuing to chop the jalepeno, creating an emulsification.
  4. *NOTES:I use a mini food chopper with a small cup on the lid, and there are small holes in the lid/cup bottom that allow liquid to drizzle into the mixing bowl.
  5. Because of the varying size of jalepeños, the desired thickness of your sauce and the ability of you and your guests to withstand the heat, combined with the slow speed at which you should be adding the corn oil, the quantity of oil needed will vary slightly.
  6. If you are incorporating your oil correctly, it is impossible to add too much.
  7. ALSO, the orriginal recipe called for boiling the jalepeños before puréeing them, to soften the edge of the jalepeños.
  8. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled or quadroupled, etc.

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