Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

A fresh tomatillo salsa that is very easy to make using a blender. I dislike cooked tomatillos for two reasons: they lose their lovely green color and the texture to me is unsatisfactory. The beauty of tomatillo salsa is that it's cheap to prepare and it freezes well. Adapted from 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb tomatillo (approximately 10-12 medium tomatillos)
  • 13 cup white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 12 cup cilantro leaf, lightly packed (NOT dried)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (for extra "kick", I use serrano and jalapeno, but any green chili pepper will do)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 12 teaspoon sugar
  • 14 teaspoon salt


  1. First prepare the tomatillos. Remove papery husks and then rinse tomatillos under warm running water, using your fingers to remove the sticky residue. Remove stems.
  2. Chops into quarters.
  3. Place all the ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  4. Blend either coarse or smooth, depending on your preference.
  5. Transfer tomatillo salsa to covered container and refrigerate at least 3 hours. Good with tortilla chips, enchiladas, tacos, etc.
  6. I always triple the recipe and freeze in 8 ounce containers.
Most Helpful

FANTASTIC. I added the juice from one lime and 1.5 chopped avocado and it sent my DH and all the kids over the moon. I used 12 tomatillos and one serrano pepper and there was only a hint of heat - probably could have stood it to be a little bit spicier, but there was so much flavor that it didn't matter... and the six year old could handle it. Flavors get better over the next couple of days. New household fave for sure; thanks a bunch!

betsysanz February 11, 2010

Excellent. I do recommend adding the juice of a lime. Just brings a little added brightness to it. (I grew tomatillos for the first time this year and can't believe how many a single plant can produce.)

EyeGuy September 22, 2010

This is so good! I have always cooked my green salsa before, but never again! Used a serrano and a jalapeno and a whole bunch of cilantro and a little lime juice. Perfect! Thanks for posting.

Gingin7 February 07, 2009