Smoky, Spicy Tomatillo Salsa Verde Aka Canned Green Hell!

"I wanted to preserve my Recipe #97531 and came up with this. Adding the lemon, lime juice and vinegar for acidity to preserve the salsa. Green tomatoes can be used in place or along with the tomatillos. After opening the canned salsa you can drain some of the liquid so not to watery. Do NOT thicken with flour or cornstarch. FYI- don't like heat replace the hot chili's with bell pepper that you roasted."
photo by Rita1652 photo by Rita1652
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photo by Rita1652 photo by Rita1652
Ready In:
5 pints




  • Prepare canner, jars and lids.
  • In a food processor place the first 6 ingredients, pulsing till very small pieces. It will be a tight fit. You can start to pulse to give more room then add additional ingredients.
  • In a large stainless saucepan combine all the ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium high heat, stirring often to prevent sticking.
  • Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Ladle hot salsa into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch head space.
  • Wipe rims, center lids and screw on band to fingertip tight.
  • Place jars in canner, cover and bring canner to a boil.
  • Process for 15 minutes.
  • Turn off heat, remove lid of canner and let jars sit for 5 additional minutes.
  • Remove jars, cool, label and store.

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  1. I had to make this without the chilis in adobo sauce. I couldnt find any here. Rita was kind enough to offer to send me a can but I needed to use up my tomatillos. I did make it according to everything else and the directions. My husband tried it on his eggs for lunch the day a made it. He loves it! As soon as I find (and I will keep looking) chilis in adobo sauce I will be making it again as the recipe says but as it is without it, its fabulous. Thank you Rita for your excellent recipe and your offer to send a can through the mail. UPDATE!!! Found chiplotles finally and tomatillos are even in season...this was extremely good without the chipoltes but with them...its AMAZING!!
  2. This Salsa is awesome.........with quite a bit of heat even though I used jalapenos (no seeds or veins) instead of habaneros. The only draw back was, I got only 3 pints instead of 5 out of the recipe.
  3. We feel like spicy heat overwhelms flavor, so I made this without the habanero peppers. Also, I left out the cumin. Otherwise, I made this according to the recipe and it is fantastic!!! I canned 4 pints and, thank goodness, there was enough left for a couple of meals. Those chiles give it enough heat for us and the most delicious smoky flavor. It's wonderful with chicken, hamburger, eggs, and even adds zip to pasta dishes. Also, any sandwiches and I love it on a spoon!!! It's thicker with much more flavor than what I purchased at the store.
  4. I love the original AKA GREEN HELL recipe and the freezers are full so hubby wanted to try canning the tomatillo salsa. I thought this was too tangy, too acidic and perhaps next time would only use the lemon juice (it worked with recipe 36084)



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