Tomatillo Avocado Salsa


Total Time:

25 minutes



Being the salsa snob that I am, I take my Tomatillo Avocado Salsa very seriously. It’s half salsa / half guacamole and 100% perfection.
Tomatillo Avocado Salsa from (@whatsgabycookin)

For the longest time I was quite intimidated by tomatillos. I didn’t know what to do with them, they had their weird husk thing on the outside, and someone once told me they were sour. I was like… hold the phone. No thank you. But as soon as I exited my picky eater stage, I was very much a fan of tomatillos. In my mind it’s simple – you take off the husks, give them a good wash with hot water, cut them in half, roast the heck out of them, and then puree them into a salsa. I’ve done a traditional tomatillo salsa before which is excellent – and today it’s a salsa meets guacamole situation that can be used as a dip, as a salsa, as a sauce, or whatever else you please!

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Gaby Dalkin
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 6 medium Tomatillos
  • 2 avocados seeds and skin removed
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 jalapeño seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup white onion diced


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove the husks from the tomatillos. Rinse under warm water well and wipe clean. Cut the tomatillos in half and place into a baking pan. Roast for 20 minutes until they are tender.
  • Remove and set aside to cool. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  • Let cool, adjust salt and pepper and serve as needed.

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  1. Colleen K

    Toast some bread, spread with a little dijon mustard, top with smashed avocado and sprinkled with crunchy sea salt. Perfect breakfast!

  2. Cynthia

    With a spoon! On a sandwich!! Much like bacon, avocado makes everything better!

  3. Jennifer

    Can’t go wrong with guac!!! I love CA’s plentiful supply of delicious avocados!

  4. Katrina

    Cheesy avocado toast! Take bread, top with cheese (any kind works – I am particular to sharp cheddar), put in toaster and toast until cheese is melty. Top with slices of avocado and a sprinkle of good salt (maldon is pretty spectacular here). Best. snack. ever.

  5. Melanie

    My favorite way to use avocados is in Ina Garten’s Guacamole Salad recipe. Living in the Pacific NW, we don’t often get NICE RIPE avocados – but when we do and tomatoes and peppers are in season – look out, here comes the Guac Salad! Sometimes I’m almost short on the avocado because they mysteriously keep popping into my mouth . . . That’s my next favorite way to eat avocados – straight into my mouth!

  6. Angelica

    On buttered sourdough toast. MAMA!!
    Or as guacatillo = avacado mixed with tomatillo salsa
    Or as guacsalsa= mix with salsa
    Or as….OMG, I need to stop!

  7. Lis

    My favorite way for an avocado is with some balsamic vinegar. So delic!

  8. Cassie

    My favorite way to enjoy an avocado is cut in half, pitted and eaten with a spoon. Sometimes I squirt some lime juice or sprinkle some sea salt, but I usually like to just scoop em out of the skin and eat them plain for breakfast, lunch, snack, side dish… 🙂

  9. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    I like to add them to either eggs or tacos! or make a veggie dip! So many good ways to eat avocados 🙂

  10. Mita

    One awesome way to use them that makes my mouth water is avocado buttercream frosting! SO GOOD — esp. on chocolate cake 🙂

  11. Christine

    Awesome Idea! We have a pretty good selection down here in Charleston, which is good cuz i also am an avocado a day afficianado! My fave way to eat em is on a salad of course but with pineapple habanero salsa and a tomato! Yum! 🙂

  12. TC

    Avocado shakes! yum! Of course, I also love to eat a ripe avocado plain.

  13. Yvette

    As a Latina I eat avocados with almost every meal. It’s true I’m an addict! Hello, my name is Yvette and I’m an avocadoic. 😉

  14. Yvette

    I follow you on Facebook, so does that mean I will receive an invitation to your soirée at the farm? LOL!

  15. penandra

    Growing up in the midwest I didn’t have the opportunity to try avocados until I was living in Hawaii and had a friend with a tree in his back yard . . . my favorite way of having avocados is on a bacon tomato sandwich with avocado instead of mayo . . . . oh, I am hungry NOW!!!


  16. Kelley

    Gaby, I’m a big fan of yours and Matt’s! Just liked you on FB (finally!). I would have to say my favorite way to use avocados is in some good old fashioned guacamole! Mmmm Thanks for sponsoring a nice giveaway. Looks like it was a great trip.

  17. Amy

    Matt introduced me to the second most delicious thing on earth (second to a perfectly ripe avocado, that is). . . skillet bacon jam. A BLAT with bacon jam is indescribably good.

    Beautiful photos!

  18. Ben Holtz

    Wonderful to read all of the great posts! It is such a pleasure to grow avocados, even better knowing how much they are enjoyed.
    Please “Like” us on Facebook and be sure to sign up for our Newsletter to follow the happenings at the ranch!

  19. Julie H.

    I love them by themselves best but also on nachos and in a salad with grapes. Doesn’t even need dressing! Avocados remind me of my dad eating them when I was young and him saying, “One day, Julie – you’re gonna love these things!” How did he know?

  20. Chris C

    i love to slice them and eat them. Smash and make Guac. Anyway i can really!

  21. Carleen

    I can’t wait to try these deicious avocado recipes. Unfortunately, here in the South, the avocados are small and hard as rocks…and pricey! It’s a far cry from my childhood in California where I could just pick them off the trees out back.

  22. Wendi Dougherty

    I miss walking to the neighbor’s grove and picking fresh avocados for lunch. It was great growing up in Vista, CA and being surrounded by groves. We always had an open invitation to take what we pleased and returned the favor with our fresh, delicious Oranges. San Diego grows the best HASS avocados I’ve ever had on my 40 years!

  23. Ivanna

    I love avocados in their natural state–halved with a little balsamic poured in!

  24. Jenny

    Favorite use of avocado? I slice it up, salt it, and eat it with tomato slices. Simple, yes, but sooo delicious. You can even through that concoction on some toasted baguette slices or add some smoked gouda. Getting hungry. Must go eat now. 😉

  25. elizabeth s

    i like avocados any way, every way. but every morning i have a fried egg over “avocado toast” – toast with mashed up avocado, olive oil, salt and sricacha. YUM!!

  26. Jenn D.

    You can’t beat guacamole….but just plain sliced avocado on a BLT is heavenly!

  27. Jeanna Lievsay

    I love avocados in everything from guacamole and salads to main dinners dishes. One favorite is white tuna sashimi over a slice of avocado. Another is a simple wrap I make that call a chicken avocado cabbage wrap. It is a cabbage leaf spread rolled with avocado, diced rotisserie chicken, tomatoes, feta, olives, artichokes, & a squeeze of lime. Very tasty!

  28. Margaret

    I’m glad to connect up with your website via Mat’s blog. I will be eating more avocados and will continue to follow your words. Thanks.

  29. Jennifer

    I like to toast a big chunk of ciabatta, then slather it with a little olive oil, fresh garlic, sea salt and avocado.

  30. Stacey

    Just discovered you. I too love an avocado a day. I try to buy them by the box of 60, but am having trouble this year finding that large a box. I haven’t found an hass avocado I haven’t liked.

  31. Klee

    This is such a hard decision, because like you, I LOVE MAKING GUAC. But I also love adding slices of avocado to rice bowls and sandwiches. I once made a really interesting avocado-lime cream pie. But yes, I think guac takes the prize.

  32. Erin

    LOVE guacamole. Or I’ll slice one up and eat it with chili or soup.

  33. Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

    I never liked avocados growing up. I think it was because when I saw it, it was always in the form of some lousy version of guacamole at Mexican restaurants. It wasn’t until well into my 20s when I moved to New Orleans and started seeing is pop up as a garnish in soups, sliced in sandwiches, etc. that I even gave it a second thought. Post Hurricane Katrina, I moved to central NY, where my sister and her family live. She makes a KILLER guacamole, so I started there and now can’t get enough of these little beauties!! Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

  34. Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

    As well as following you in Google Reader, I am now also a fan on Facebook. 🙂

  35. Frank

    I love guacamole, and have been sorely missing it since moving to the East Coast from California.