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This tomatillo salsa uses fresh whole ingredients. It is sweet and delicious!

Tomatillo Salsa

I could not find a salsa verde in stores that I liked so I started making this recipe many years ago. I love the flavor of all the fresh ingredients. Homemade salsa is easy to make and so delicious! The best part is you can tweak the flavors and texture to make it just the way you like it. By making a few adjustments, you can make it sweeter, hotter, or chunkier. There is no right or wrong. Make it your own and enjoy!

Keyword Tomatillo Salsa
Author Tom Small


  • 15 to 20 tomatillos
  • 1 to 2 jalapenos
  • 1 bulb fresh garlic
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt to taste


  1. Remove papery skin from tomatillos and rinse.  Sprinkle tomatillos and jalapenos with salt.  

  2. Roast tomatillos, jalapenos, and garlic on a grill on high for about 20 minutes (slightly less for garlic). Alternatively, roast in 425-degree oven on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes. Turn everything several times and allow to get blackened on all sides. Reserve any excess juice from the tomatillos.

  3. After ingredients have cooled remove the core from the tomatillos and place in food processor. Remove skin and seeds from jalapenos (can leave seeds in if you prefer more heat). Peel garlic. Add jalapenos and garlic to the processor with tomatillos. Pour in any reserved juices and blend till smooth.

  4. Pour salsa into serving bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and add salt to taste.

  5. Serve with tortilla chips or use to top your favorite food.

Recipe Notes

We recommend using organic ingredients whenever possible.