Tomatillo Sauce

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by ChipotleChick

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!

Top Review by M. Joan

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

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.

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