Salsa Verde Recipe
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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


  • 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


  1. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 201kcal Calories from fat 34
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1247mg 52%
Carbohydrate 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 21g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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17 comments on “Salsa Verde

  1. Pingback:50 Taco Recipes for Taco Tuesdays - Growing Up Gabel

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

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

  4. Camille-
    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

  5. 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

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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. 🙂