Recipe for Tomatillo Salsa

I am a sucker for a good salsa. Currently my favorite store bought salsa is the Salsa Especial from Trader Joe’s. I literally go though 1 container every few days. Recently I found this tomatillo salsa recipe from Tyler Florence and knew that I would love it! It is so delicious and I feel better eating bowls and bowls of this because it is homemade :)

Recipe for Tomatillo Salsa


  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed
  • 1 small Spanish onion, quartered
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 lime, juice
  • Kosher salt


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the tomatillos, jalapeno, onion, garlic, and 1 tablespoon salt. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 5 to 10 minutes until the tomatillos are soft but have not burst. Drain and reserve cooking liquid. Add the cooked vegetables to a food processor with the cilantro leaves and lime juice. *Pour in 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid and process to a coarse puree - be careful when you process the hot liquid as it will expand - so make sure you hold the lid down firmly. Taste and adjust seasoning with more cilantro, lime juice, or salt according to preference.

Seriously it is pure deliciousness! If I wasn’t starving when I made this, I would have made fresh tortilla chips… but I was lazy and starving… oh well, next time!

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14 thoughts on “Recipe for Tomatillo Salsa

  1. Many thanks for this! I have never cooked with tomatillos before but picked some up on a whim. This looks easy to make and delicious.

  2. I will be heading for the farmers market this weekend so I can make this one for our backyard grilling extravaganza! It sounds yummy!

  3. That salsa looks great. I always think of myself as more of a tomato-based salsa person, but maybe I'll give the tomatillos a try!

  4. mmmmmmmm this looks so incredibly delicious. I go through a container or salsa every few days too! Its so good on everything- salads & potatoes to name a few! Yumm. Tyler has some great recipes

  5. This sounds like an excellent salsa! I can't believe that I've never made anything with tomatillos, I really need to get some soon!

  6. Tried this today and it is very good. Maybe my lime was too big, but I only used one and it was a little too limey. I’m going to mash an avacado to make it Guacatillo. Our favorite salsa at our local Cardenas Market. I love this site!!!

  7. I had to grow my own tomatillos to make this and, as I’m not much of a gardener, I only produced 4 ounces! It’s yummy and well worth the effort.

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