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Salsa Verde

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Tomatillo Salsa Verde is one of my favorite food discoveries of the Southwest.  It differs from red enchilada sauce as it is made with tomatillos instead of chiles.  I love salsa verde on anything but particularly on enchiladas.

Salsa Verde Recipe


I had never heard of a tomatillo or salsa verde until we moved out west 6 years ago. If they were available on the East coast, I certainly didn’t pay any attention to them! My introduction to salsa verde was in Albuquerque, New Mexico when a waiter asked if I wanted my enchiladas “red or green.”. He was asking what kind of chili sauce I wanted and since I had no idea what I’d like, I told him to bring me both. I fell in love with salsa verde at that meal. This super easy and quick recipe means salsa verde can now be a staple in my kitchen. Finding a bag of tomatillos on manager’s special for $.22 makes this even better!

If you aren’t familiar with salsa verde, you can use it like taco sauce, salsa, or enchilada sauce.

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde


  • 10 tomatillos, husked
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves (or more or less)
  • 1 pepper, chopped (poblano or green; jalapeno if you want some heat)
  • Juice from 1/2 lime (I didn't have this so I skipped it)
  • A few sprigs of cilantro (optional)
  • A dash or more of hot sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Heat oil in a large skillet. Cook all ingredients until the tomatillos are softening and brighten a bit in color, about 10 minutes. Put everything in to a blender or food processor and blend until liquid.


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  • Love Salsa Verde, makes me homesick for New Mexico. Found you over on Couponing & Cookings linky party.

    • Camille
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by Rebecca! New Mexico was where I first had salsa verde, too! 🙂

  • Bevin
    May 12, 2013

    I have always wanted to try making this! Thanks for sharing.

  • SusieQTpies Cafe
    April 28, 2013

    I LOVE salsa verde but have never made the sauce. I’m featuring your recipe in my Menu Plan Monday tomorrow as my featured recipe from those who linked up. So delish and I cant wait to make some. I WISH I could get a bag for $.22 🙂

    Have a super week and I can’t wait to see what you link up next! susie

  • Miz Helen
    April 26, 2013

    I can’t wait to try this Salsa Verde, it looks soooo good. Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • It sounds great. I have only made salsa but not verde salsa. Can’t wait to try it!

  • amy
    April 24, 2013

    thanks for the recipe! looking forward to canning season starting up again! popping in from Create & Share

    • Camille
      April 24, 2013

      Nothing better than popping open a jar of summer in the winter!

  • Barb
    April 24, 2013

    Tomatillos are pretty easy to grow. I had a few plants in my garden several years ago. I don’t remember the deer bothering them.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!

    • Camille
      April 24, 2013

      Great idea! I’m a terrible gardener, though. Still haven’t adjusted to desert gardening.

  • Brooke
    April 24, 2013

    We love salsa verde at our house. I’ve never made it before. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great day!

    • Camille
      April 24, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by, Brooke! I keep an eye out at the farmer’s markets for the tomatillos!

  • kari
    April 23, 2013

    Hi, what a great idea. I would add even more Lime!!
    Visiting you from Mix It Up Monday!!

    • Camille
      April 23, 2013

      Oooh, I might have to up that next time to see how it tastes. Great idea!

  • Kelley
    April 20, 2013

    I didnt even know you could make this yourself! I LOVE salsa verde! We put it on everything over here. And sad thing.. I just discovered it a year or so ago. And Im from Texas. sad sad. 🙂

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