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

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!

Don't know what to make,
or how to make it?
I've got you covered! Check out all my recipes here
recipe index


  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. I love all kinds of salsa. What a great recipe. I definitely need to experiment with making different types.

  6. 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!

  7. this was bomb. would have eaten more except for the 7, nay, 6 layer dip that you had sitting next to it.

  8. Hi Gaby, I tried your Tomatillo Salsa last nite. WOW everyone loved it. Thanks for such an awesome website.

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *