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Easy Salsa Verde (No Roasting Required)

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This Easy Salsa Verde is made in just 15 minutes with fresh tomatillos and no roasting required. Perfect with Chips, on Tacos, or to make Chilaquiles.

Salsa Verde in a red bowl with tortilla chips on the side.

Most salsas are made by roasting the ingredients to create smokiness and depth in flavor, like this chile de arbol salsa. However, for this recipe the tomatillos are boiled and blended with fresh cilantro and garlic for an easy salsa.

Ingredients

These are the ingredients needed to make the salsa verde. You can find most of these at a local grocery store.

  • Fresh Tomatillos
  • White Onion
  • Jalapeno or Serrano
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Salt
Ingredients with labels: cilantro, jalapeno, tomatillos, onion, garlic, and salt.

How to prepare the tomatillos

If you’ve never seen one, they look just like a green tomato, but covered in a husk. If you’re not using the tomatillos that day, store them in a bowl with no lid, and place in a cool dry place.

Peeled tomatillos in a colander

Begin by removing the husk from the tomatillos and place them in a colander. The tomatillos have a waxy residue, so wash them well with water and a little vinegar. Sometimes I use a clean kitchen towel to gently scrub the skin and remove the wax.

How to Make

Place the washed tomatillos in a small pot with half of a white onion, and 1-2 Jalapenos (depends how spicy you want it). Cover with water and boil for about 10 minutes, or until the tomatillos have softened. 

Ingredients for salsa verde in a sauce pot.

The tomatillos will go from bright green to a yellowish-green after boiling.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatillos, onion, and jalapeno to a blender and add half a cup of water.

Ingredients for salsa verde in a blender.

Then add a handful of cilantro, 2 raw garlic cloves, and salt. The amount of cilantro can vary. If you love the taste then add more. Blend well and taste for seasoning. Add extra salt if needed.

Storing and Serving

Pour the salsa into a jar and place in the refrigerator to cool down. Salsa verde can be stored in an airtight jar for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Up close view of salsa verde in a red bowl with a tortilla chip dipped in.

You can also store smaller portions in a freezer safe bag, and defrost what you need. The salsa still tastes great!

For a chunky salsa, add pieces of diced avocado with the salsa verde just before serving. Make sure the salsa has cooled down.

Recipes with Salsa Verde

Feature image of salsa verde in a red bowl with a tortilla chip on the side.

Salsa Verde Recipe

Renee
Easy Salsa Verde made in just 15 minutes with fresh tomatillos and no roasting required.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Pound Tomatillos Husk removed and rinsed well
  • ½ White Onion Halved
  • 1 Jalapeno Use more for a spicy salsa
  • Cilantro A small handful (some people love cilantro, some don't, so use what you prefer)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Cup Water

Instructions
 

  • Remove husk from tomatillo and place in a colander. Rinse well to remove waxy residue from skin. You can also use a kitchen towel to remove all the wax from the skin.
  • Place rinsed tomatillos in a small pot with halved onion, and jalapenos. Cover with water and boil for about 10 minutes, till they soften. They will turn a yellow-greenish color.
  • In a blender add a handful of cilantro, 2 raw garlic cloves, the boiled tomatillos, jalapeno, onion, ½ cup of water, and salt. Blend well and taste for seasoning.
  • Pour Salsa into a glass jar to cool, or place in the refrigerator before serving.

Video

Notes

Store salsa in airtight jars in the refrigerator up to 5 days or freeze small portions in a freezer safe bag.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 23kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 147mgPotassium: 169mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 84IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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