Tomatillo Salsa

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Take it from me, a self proclaimed salsa snob, this is the best homemade tomatillo salsa that will ever grace your kitchen!

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I take my salsa eating very seriously. There's no messing around when it comes to the worlds best condiment. There's no point in wasting calories on tortilla chips unless they are accompanied by a life altering bowl of salsa. This tomatillo salsa is exactly that! Roasted tomatillos, onions, jalapeños, cilantro - you honestly can't go wrong!! Hand me this, a giant bowl of guacamole, perhaps a bucket or two of fresh tortilla chips and I could die happy!

Recipe for Tomatillo Salsa

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 4 votes
Take it from me, a self proclaimed salsa snob, this is the best homemade tomatillo salsa that will ever grace your kitchen!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people


  • 1 pound tomatillos husked and rinsed and halved
  • ½ small yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1 green jalapeño stemmed
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 limes juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly fried Tortilla Chips


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange the halved tomatillos on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast until soft and charred, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool. Transfer the tomatillos into a blender or food processor with the onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with more cilantro, lime juice, or salt according to preference. Serve with tortilla chips.


If you aren't familiar with tomatillos, these cute guys need to be husked and given a quick rinse as they can be somewhat sticky.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1165mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 183IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 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.

    1. Hi Gaby ,

      Question... I made the tomatillo salsa and added 1/2 an avocado. Have some leftovers which I thought of using in enchiladas and wondered if cooking a bit would alter the color and ruin the salsa.

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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!

  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. 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!

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

  7. 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.

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