Authentic Mexican Salsa Verde Recipe

Updated on September 5, 2017

Authentic Mexican Restaurant Style Salsa Verde

Salsa verde is a green salsa made in Mexico. It is made with tomatillos, cilantro, onion, garlic, chile serrano and lime. It can be boiled or broiled. Includes variations and serving suggestions.
Salsa verde is a green salsa made in Mexico. It is made with tomatillos, cilantro, onion, garlic, chile serrano and lime. It can be boiled or broiled. Includes variations and serving suggestions. | Source

The Tomatillo: Origin and Description

The primary ingredient in salsa verde is the tomatillo. Tomatillos are about 1 to 2 inches in diameter and have a thin, light-green husk.

This fruit is of Mexican origin and is a form of tomato. The tomatillo is grown in Mexico and in areas of South Texas. It is also grown commercially in various areas of the Western Hemisphere. Tomatillos are a wonderful source of Vitamin C. It is usually boiled or broiled and is used to create relishes and salsas. It has a tangy flavor and is a great condiment to a variety of Mexican dishes.

The tomatillo (toe-ma-tea-o) is of Mexican origin and is also grown in areas of South Texas.
The tomatillo (toe-ma-tea-o) is of Mexican origin and is also grown in areas of South Texas. | Source

Where are Tomatillos Grown?

A
Mexico:
Mexico

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Tomatillos are native to Mexico.

B
Rio Grande Valley:
Rio Grande Valley, USA

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Tomatillos are also grown commercially in areas of South Texas. The Rio Grande Valley has several tomatillo fields and grows a variety of produce.

4.2 stars from 5 ratings of Salsa Verde
Tomatillos have a slightly sticky texture and have a thick center with seeds. They are pictured here with sliced serrano peppers.
Tomatillos have a slightly sticky texture and have a thick center with seeds. They are pictured here with sliced serrano peppers. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatillos, about 8 - 10
  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 medium limes, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 medium serrano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • salt, season to taste

Instructions: ROASTED

  1. Place the chopped onion, peppers and halved tomatillos on a foil lined baking sheet. Make sure the tomatillos are skin side up.
  2. Broil at 500 degrees for about 5 - 7 minutes. You want the tomatillos and vegetables to begin to lightly blacken.
  3. Place the broiled tomatillos, onions and peppers in a blender or food processor. Add the lime juice, cilantro, sugar and a dash of salt. Blend to your desired texture.
  4. Serve over enchiladas, chalupas, black beans or as a dipping sauce for tostada chips.
  5. Optional: A clove of garlic or peppercorns may be added for additional flavor.
Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. The mixture is ready to blend when you can easily cut a tomatillo with a spoon.
Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. The mixture is ready to blend when you can easily cut a tomatillo with a spoon. | Source
Here is a serving suggestion for a typical salsa verde recipe. This variation was prepared by boiling the ingredients and then blending them with a bit of water.
Here is a serving suggestion for a typical salsa verde recipe. This variation was prepared by boiling the ingredients and then blending them with a bit of water. | Source

Instructions: BOILED

  1. Place quartered tomatillos, chopped onions, and seeded peppers in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cover the ingredients with water.
  3. Boil on medium to high heat for 5 - 7 minutes.
  4. Add the boiled mixture and the remaining ingredients to a blender.
  5. Keep the water in reserve for diluting as needed.
  6. Blend until smooth.
  7. Add water if needed to dilute flavor or to create a softer texture.

Salsa Verde: Boiled and Spiced with Cumin and Oregano

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound tomatillos (about 5 - 7)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 mashed garlic clove
  • 1 serrano chile pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes.
  3. The mixture is ready to blend when you can easily cut a tomatillo with a spoon.
  4. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth while slowly adding the boiled water.

Serving Suggestions

Salsa verde can be served in a variety of ways and with numerous dishes. Here are just a few serving suggestions.

  • Over fried eggs
  • With enchiladas suizas (Chicken enchiladas with sour cream and swiss cheese)
  • With tostada chips
  • Over grilled pork
  • Broiled chicken
  • With black beans and crumbled queso fresco
  • Flautas (Spanish for "flutes." Flautas are rolled corn tortillas and they are filled with boiled chicken. They are deep fried and served with salsa verde)
  • Over chalupas or tostadas
  • Tortas (Mexican submarine sandwiches. Usually made with thinly sliced beef or pork and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and lime juice.)

Questions & Answers

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      • oceansnsunsets profile image

        Paula 

        3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

        Salsa verde has to be one of my favorite things! I truly love it, and even crave it at times. Thank you for sharing this!

      • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        3 years ago from Texas

        paizley, your variation sounds delicious! Mixing a variety of peppers can add a whole new depth of flavor to your salsas; plus, lime juice is a must in my house too! Thank you for reading and commenting...Bon appetit!...better yet, Buen Provecho

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        paizley 

        3 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

        In my house we love spicy! I make mine with equal amts of tomatillos and jalapenos, a couple of serranos and a habanero. Cumin and Mexican oregano are a must for me and LOTS of lime juice!!!!

        Thanks!!

      • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        4 years ago from Texas

        Patsybell, thank you very much for reading and commenting. I greatly appreciate your vote, pin and tweet. I hope you have had an opportunity to give this recipe a try...Bon a petit!

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        Patsy Bell Hobson 

        4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

        This is informative and helpful. I will try this recipe because I love salsa verde and never knew how easy it was. Voted up, useful, pin, tweet.

      • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Victoria Lynn, Thank you so much! I appreciate the pin.

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        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Yum! I love salsa verde, tomatillos, and all these ingredients you mention. Awesome hub. Pinning!!

      • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Don Bobbitt, thank you so much! You made my day, thanks for the votes and shares too.

        Glimmer Twin Fan, I'm glad you found this and I hope you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for the pin!

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        5 years ago

        So glad this was shared. We love salsa verde and it's even better made from scratch. Pinning!

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        Don Bobbitt 

        5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

        Another great and professionally done Hub,Missolive!

        Voted UP and Sharing!

      • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        5 years ago from Texas

        cclitgirl, sopes! Delicious! I did read your hub and it is fantastic. I highly recommend your sopes hub to all....delicioso! I want some!

        Readers, simply click on cclitgirl's hyperlinked name in the comment above and it will take you to all of her fantastic hubs. You can find her sopes recipe and other great ideas there.

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        5 years ago from Western NC

        Had to come back and tell you that this hub will go PERFECTLY with my sopes and tomatillo sauce hub. MMM MMM

      • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

        Marisa Hammond Olivares 

        5 years ago from Texas

        carol7777, thank you so much. We should have a fiesta and buffet of foods. Yum!

        carter06, hmmmm, I wonder if they are exported to Australia. It seems like they would possibly be found...maybe canned? I do hope you can locate them. Of course, Australia probably has many wonderful foods we do not have here. I love sharing cuisines, cultures and ideas. Thanks so much for your comment and your great support.

        Angel052, thanks so much. Yes, it is delicious. I do hope you get to try it.

        ignugent17, I have seen it in WalMart. It is usually near the peppers and/or cilantro. Thanks so much for the vote and support. It is greatly appreciated.

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        ignugent17 

        5 years ago

        I don't know if there is tomatillo is walmart. I will try to check it out.

        Thanks for sharing this good looking salsa.

        Voted up and more.

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        Angelo52 

        5 years ago from Central Florida

        Great looking salsa verde. Bet it tastes as good as it looks.

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        Mary 

        5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

        Hi missolive am enjoying reading some of your hubs and when I saw this one I was curious as I have never heard of tomatillos! This is so interesting as I love salsas but not sure if I can get get them here so will have to substitute with tomatoes...great hub voted UUAI & shared, thank you...cheers

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        carol stanley 

        5 years ago from Arizona

        As always you make wonderful Mexican food. I look forward to your recipes.

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