Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

From Rick Bayless, 'Authentic Mexican.' There's nothing like a good, fresh tomatillo sauce! Great on grilled chicken! If you want a really hot salsa, don't seed the jalapenos!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 tomatillos, husked and rinsed or 1 (13 ounce) can tomatillos
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 6 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • 12 small white onion, chopped
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 14 cup water


  1. If using fresh tomatillos, boil in salted water to cover until JUST tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain. For canned ones, just drain them.
  2. Place the tomatillos, cilantro, and onion in a blender or processor. Blend until coarsely pureed.
  3. Put in a bowl, and add 1/4 cup water or until it has reached a sauce-like consistency. Add salt, and let stand 30 minutes before using.
Most Helpful

I used fresh tomatillos but did not add a jalapeno as loved the taste without it. I am sure it is delicious WITH the jalapeno. I used your sauce in place of a can of green chilies, adding a 1/4 cup to the recipe I was making. Absolutely delicious! We even used the sauce as a topping with sour cream after the dish was baked. I have really just discovered tomatillos (grew some plants this summer) and can't believe what I have been missing. Love how easy your recipe is to make and will be making lots of your sauce in the future. Thank you for posting. M.Joan

M. Joan October 05, 2006

very easy to make and very tasty too

dl2957 November 18, 2007

I made this sauce today and it was great. I added a Serrano instead of the jalape?o to give it a bit more kick and I added a pinch of garlic. I used half of the sauce as a chicken marinade and the I used the other half to baste the chicken when it was on the grill. Excellent recipe!

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