Green Salsa

Name One Thing Better than Tomatillo Salsa

so green, so tasty
Eater rating: 4.5 / 5  4.49

Sometimes we have to highlight our favorites even though it may not be an entire meal. Such is the case tonight with tomatillo salsa. This salsa verde was made with blanched tomatillos pureed with onion, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, and freshly squeezed lime juice. The outcome is an insanely delicious tart, tangy, and spicy bowl of goodness. We are willing to eat this salsa on pretty much anything including (but not limited to) tacos, tortilla chips, and cheezits. It’s also great to braise or stew meat in. Did I mention it makes a great enchilada sauce as well?

A: hey tyler…. there’s something i need to tell you…
T: woman, you best not be pregnant
A: hehehe :-P no joke! but i’m being serious here! i need to confess to you that i am in love… in love with tomatillo salsa! there i said it!
T: I assume that’s not the name of a transvestite lover of yours… you know what, I love it too!
A: god i’m glad i’ve gotten that off of my chest. and you are correct. there is no transvestite lover in my life… right now. just tomatillo salsa. tomatillo salsa is all i need….sigh…
T: I love a girl that’s low maintenance.

Beef taco
tacos… one of many transport mechanisms for tomatillo salsa

A: oh yeah, i also need something to eat it on – although if need be i am willing to just spoon it to myself.
T: In all seriousness I find it needs a salty counterpart- i’ve always been disappointed when spooning it to myself in green salsa binges.
A: uh… dude? do you think we have a problem? do we need a tomatillo salsa intervention?
T: maybe you have a problem, but I’m doing just fine. It hasn’t made me lose my job yet, and I can still eat all the salsa I want without my family knowing about it… I’m doing just fine. I don’t have a problem.
A: [sings] i’m so excited… i’m so excited… i’m soooooo…scared
T: It’ll be ok, Jesse. I’m going to rate this salsa a 4.65/5. I love tomatilla salsa, but I can’t help but think to some of the other (non tomatilla) salsas I’ve had and… want to eat them badly. I’m kind of a salsa whore.
A: tell me something i didn’t already know. i never said that i didn’t really enjoy tons of other salsas. hell, i’m a salsa whore, too… it’s just that tomatillo salsa is a notch above the rest for me and i just freaking love it! as far as rating this particular salsa is concerned, i’d have to give it a 4.33/5. it was really really tasty, but it wasn’t the best tomatillo salsa i’ve ever had. ortega’s tomatillo salsa is always pretty close to the best. mmm mmm saaaaaalsaaaaa…..
T: [in a deep voice] mmmmmm… me gusta la saalsaa…

A Salsa Recipe, by Amanda
Simple Tomatillo Salsa

10 tomatillos, husked
1/3 of a yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 - 1 1/2 fresh jalapenos, roughly chopped (vary depending on how spicy you like it)
juice from 1 1/2 limes
2 tbsp water
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add tomatillos and cook for about 1 minute until blanched. Remove from water. Roughly chop the tomatillos and add them to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add all ingredients except salt and pepper to the food processor. Process until fully pureed. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Will keep refrigerated for several days. Enjoy!

12 comments so far:

  1. abo gato says:

    Loves us some tomatillo too….in San Antonio, home of truly the best Tex Mex food in the universe, we love it when we find a really good green hot sauce at various hole in the wall restaurants. Have you tried putting some avocado into your tomatillo sauce? Makes it even better….hot and smooth.

  2. Bobby says:

    The best caberet show I’ve ever seen was with Pepita Brittle and Tomatillo Salsa in Rio, amazing show!!!!!

  3. leena! says:

    But guys? Aren’t we ALL salsa whores?

  4. Love the salsa verde. Love even more the fact that a fresh salsa is still something I crave in December. Gotta love socal…

  5. girlie says:

    omg, looks awesome. I, too, would whore myself out for tomatillo salsa… so I will join the growing crowds!

    Yours looks so light and fresh. We will have to give it a try – sounds nice and simple!

  6. Bobbi says:

    With all the tomatillo salsas out there, there is one that I try to emulate; it uses just the tomatillos, serrano chilies, cilantro, lime and salt. No blanching of the tomatillo; totally awesome. I made some and it was so good the spouse put some in his tuna sandwich (erroneously, he thought he was putting in pickle relish) and it was THE best sandwich. Now I have to make it more often. I love mine in my shrimp tacos mostly.

  7. Bobby says:

    Do y’all like grapefruit?

  8. Ness says:

    Sounds great! How do you think it would freeze? It would be nice to be able to pull some out any time to wow unexpected guests :)

  9. nick says:

    what up hos? i bet the surf’s up and the lsu jackets be on! (they best be) happy fun times to you! GO LSU NATIONAL CHAMPS BIOTCH!

    – Nick,
    the sometime sports fan

  10. Jess says:

    I was randomly browsing your blog and this came up. It looks delicious! I think I’ll try it sometime; I love salsa.

  11. Nicole says:

    Ok, guys I’m officially living here in San Diego now and the first thing I’m making in the new (to me) kitchen is Amanda’s tomatillo salsa. I saw this a while back and have been meaning to make it but I was waiting until I was actually moved in and unpacked. I’m not unpacked yet but the kitchen is somewhat put together so I’m making it tonight. Thanks for another great recipe!

  12. Amanda says:

    Sounds great… Can this be frozen? Thank you!

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