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Salsa Verde

February 26, 2011

Hi friends! Thanks for all your sweet comments about my balls! 🙂

Tomorrow, we’re headed to a little Oscar-watching get-together with friends, and we’re told that a taco bar is on the menu.  With my afternoon free (well, actually as a way to avoid grading, but whatever), I decided to whip up some salsa verde to take along as a contribution to the taco bar. 

I’m a *BIG* lover of salsa of all kind—I basically eat it as soup, rather than as a condiment.  Salsa verde is one of my favorites— I love how tangy, piquant, and fresh it is!

I know it’s tempting to pick up a jar of pre-made salsa verde at the grocery store, but making it yourself is really very easy.  Here’s what I did…

Salsa Verde


10-12 tomatillos, husks removed

1 tsp. olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

5-6 garlic cloves, chopped

1 poblano pepper

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

juice of 1 lime

sprinkle of sugar

salt to taste


Bring a large pot of water to boil.  In the meantime, turn your oven to the broil setting and roast the poblano pepper over high heat for about 15 minutes, until the skin has begun to char.  Remove from oven and place pepper in a paper bag, allowing to steam for at least 20 minutes.

In a small skillet, heat oil and cook onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until beginning to soften and brown.

Once water is boiling, drop tomatillos in with a slotted spoon.  Boil for 5-10 minutes.  Using the slotted spoon, transfer the boiled tomatillos to a food processor or blender.

Remove poblano pepper from the bag and peel off the skin—it should come off easily.  Opening the pepper, scrape out the seeds—do this with a spoon, carefully—the seeds are hot! Transfer the pepper to the food processor as well.

Add the garlic, onions, and remaining ingredients (cilantro, lime, sugar and salt) to the food processor.  If you want more heat, you can also add in a dash of cayenne pepper or a chopped jalapeno pepper.

Blend until smooth, adding more salt or pepper after tasting.


Here are some pictures from my salsa process:

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Mmmmmm…delicious, and a nice departure from all of the tomato-based salsas that are so common!

Hope you’re having a great Saturday! Adios, amigos!

31 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2011 11:29 pm

    This is beautiful! I eat it like it’s the main dish too! Enjoy your evening!

  2. February 26, 2011 11:55 pm

    Homemade is always so much better than the jar!! I could eat salsa with a spoon as well….especially in the summer when all of the ingredients are fresh and local. I’ve never made salsa verde, but I know I love it, so I will have to give this recipe a try.

  3. February 27, 2011 12:16 am

    Homemade salsa verde is soooo good! The only store bought one I like is Mrs Renfros but its not made out of tomatillos… straight up jalapenos baby! oww owww!


  4. February 27, 2011 2:14 am

    the recipe is perfect

    the food photography with the yellow/dots placemat in the background, right on point. I swear, i notice things that i never used to even pay attn to but now i do 🙂

    have fun at the oscars. didnt even know they were ON! i watch so little tv/movies!

    • February 28, 2011 2:08 pm

      Ha, yes…isn’t it funny the things you notice after you start blogging? 🙂

  5. February 27, 2011 2:37 am

    That looks amazing. I have never made a green salsa before because they tend to be more mild than I like but this looks too easy NOT to make–woo hoo!

  6. February 27, 2011 3:29 am

    oh i love salsa verde!!!

  7. February 27, 2011 12:53 pm

    Now that looks absolutely delicious. I went to a Mexican restaurant on Friday night and I think there were plantains in their salsa verde. It definitely made for an interesting flavor!

  8. February 27, 2011 3:04 pm

    Love me some salsa verde. I always use canned tomatillos so I’m impressed that you used fresh!

  9. February 27, 2011 5:11 pm

    This looks gorgeous and amazing. The the photography is perfect! I’m a huge salsa fan and agree it’s so easy to make at home. Awesome job and thanks for the recipe!

  10. February 27, 2011 5:43 pm

    What lovely photos Anna! Seriously, this looks amazing – I suddenly want to break out of my tomato salsa rut!

  11. February 27, 2011 6:29 pm

    This salsa looks fabulous!

  12. February 27, 2011 6:32 pm

    I want that salsa now 🙂 Looks amazing!

  13. Ginger permalink
    February 27, 2011 8:11 pm

    Yum! I love salsa verde! Have fun at your party!

  14. February 27, 2011 9:35 pm

    Yum! What would you suggest if you can’t find tomatillos??

    • February 28, 2011 2:06 pm

      Hmmmm…you could do a mix of roasted green peppers and canned green chillies. There are also canned tomatillos that are sometimes easier to find than the fresh!

  15. February 27, 2011 9:38 pm

    I loveeeeeee salsa too! I put it on everything. Delicious. I’ve only tried TJs salsa verde and it was kind of meh. I should try making my own! enjoy the party ❤

    • February 28, 2011 2:05 pm

      You should definitely try making your own! It’s so easy!

  16. mindy permalink
    February 28, 2011 12:09 am

    Looks like you couldn’t wait until the party to try some out!

  17. February 28, 2011 1:39 am

    Oh yum! I LOVE tomatillos. I’ve never made my own green salsa, though. Thanks for posting the awesome recipe!

  18. February 28, 2011 1:39 am

    I love tomatillo salsa. Whenever I go to this place Willy’s, it’s like Chiptotle, I pour that type of salsa on my food.

  19. February 28, 2011 2:02 am

    Salsa looks fantastic. YUM you should make and jar that (and send me some of course).

  20. February 28, 2011 3:46 am

    Your salsa looks amazing!! I love salsa but I’m sort of a wimp and can’t take it if it’s too hot, ha.

    Hope you had a great weekend :]

  21. February 28, 2011 3:51 am

    I love salsa verde. It’s nice to get away from tomato based salsas sometimes.

  22. February 28, 2011 11:59 am

    Tres bien! Or something like that! 😉

  23. February 28, 2011 12:35 pm

    Funny – I was just eyeing the tomatillos at the store this weekend, thinking I should try to make salsa verde! I’m not a big fan of store-bought salsa verde… but this looks so fresh, bright, and delicious! Nice work.

  24. greensandjeans permalink
    February 28, 2011 2:00 pm

    I LOVE salsa verde, and really, just salsa in general. It is one of my true weaknesses. I can just sit down with a bag of chips and plow through it.

  25. February 28, 2011 5:54 pm

    The verde looks amazing and the polka dots are perfect. 🙂

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