Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

Oh the things I go through to get a descent photo for the website… Let me start from the beginning… I made a batch of salsa verde last week to go with some tacos, but having had a few cervezas on an empty stomach, the tacos and salsa were demolished before I had a chance to take a photo of the salsa verde by itself. Oops!

Fast forward a week and I’ve made a fresh batch of salsa verde. Then I realize I don’t have any chips to show it with. So I got a bag of masa harina out, kneaded some dough, made a single tortilla, cut it into pieces and made some fresh baked tortilla chips just for this post:-)

I tend to prefer salsas made with tomatoes for chips, but as a condiment on tacos, eggs, etc, I’m a huge fan of this green tomatillo salsa. It’s tangy, sweet and spicy with some very concentrated flavours owing to the fact that everything gets fire roasted before it goes into the salsa.

You could of course use canned tomatillos, but given how widely available the fresh ones are here in North America, there really isn’t any excuse to not use fresh ones.

Salse Verde

5 medium tomatillos
1 medium serrano chili
3 cloves unpeeled garlic
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 medium onion minced
10 sprigs of cilantro minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Peel the husks off the tomatillos and wash thoroughly. Score the bottoms of the tomatillos with a knife.

Move the oven rack to the top position and turn on the broiler. Lay down a piece of foil onto the rack and turn up the edges to prevent juices from running off. Place the tomatillos, chili and garlic on the foil and broil until the skins charred. Flip everything over and char the other side.

Remove everything from the oven with the foil, being careful not to spill any of the liquid. Remove the core excess char from the tomatillos and mince with a sharp knife. Mince the chili and garlic and add to a bowl with the tomatillos. Add the lime juice, onions and cilantro then salt to taste.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    The things we do for our blogs! Thanks for sharing your wonderful green salsa recipe!

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    The things we do for our blogs! Thanks for sharing your wonderful green salsa recipe!

  • http://www.minimalchronicles.blogspot.com/ chiara.u

    Hi Marc! This sounds good… I’ve expected another thing; here in Italy we use to call “salsa verde” another kind of sauce made with parsley, garlic… well I’ll post it one of these days!!! In the meantime I save this… I love mexican cooking! Thank you :)

  • http://www.minimalchronicles.blogspot.com chiara.u

    Hi Marc! This sounds good… I’ve expected another thing; here in Italy we use to call “salsa verde” another kind of sauce made with parsley, garlic… well I’ll post it one of these days!!! In the meantime I save this… I love mexican cooking! Thank you :)

  • http://cookappeal.blogspot.com/ Chef E

    My kind of mishaps… I have been totally addicted to verde sauce since I discovered it in my early 20’s…great photo, so worth the time I hope! I see you have gotten around to the Latin side :)

  • http://cookappeal.blogspot.com/ Chef E

    My kind of mishaps… I have been totally addicted to verde sauce since I discovered it in my early 20’s…great photo, so worth the time I hope! I see you have gotten around to the Latin side :)

  • http://www.deglazeme.blogspot.com/ Christina@DeglazeMe

    It’s funny what a few drinks and a very hungry belly can make you do… especially when there’s delicious food calling your name. The camera didn’t even have a chance.

    Anyway, the salsa looks great, and you are so resourceful to just make your own chips!

  • http://www.deglazeme.blogspot.com Christina@DeglazeMe

    It’s funny what a few drinks and a very hungry belly can make you do… especially when there’s delicious food calling your name. The camera didn’t even have a chance.

    Anyway, the salsa looks great, and you are so resourceful to just make your own chips!

  • http://siri-corner.blogspot.com/ Siri

    LOL! so true Marc. there are tons of recipes which I make so regularly and for variety of reasons don’t end up on my blog – mostly becoz of my laziness. :) the salsa verde looks yummy.

    Siri

  • http://siri-corner.blogspot.com Siri

    LOL! so true Marc. there are tons of recipes which I make so regularly and for variety of reasons don’t end up on my blog – mostly becoz of my laziness. :) the salsa verde looks yummy.

    Siri

  • http://chefholly.typepad.com/ Holly

    I have a bunch of tomatillo seedlings growing so I hope to be making salsa verde soon.

  • http://chefholly.typepad.com/ Holly

    I have a bunch of tomatillo seedlings growing so I hope to be making salsa verde soon.

  • http://www.practicallydone.com/ helen

    A single tortilla. You are truly dedicated, Marc.

    This looks great! I have a bowl of salsa verde in my fridge, but it’s from a can. The colour’s completely different. Yours look so much more vibrant!

  • http://www.practicallydone.com helen

    A single tortilla. You are truly dedicated, Marc.

    This looks great! I have a bowl of salsa verde in my fridge, but it’s from a can. The colour’s completely different. Yours look so much more vibrant!

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    Ой, благодарю

  • http://goif.ru Ferinannnd

    Ой, благодарю

  • http://www.recipegirl.com/blog Lori @ The Recipe Girl

    You’re too funny, of course I would do the same (for my blog!)

  • http://www.recipegirl.com/blog Lori @ The Recipe Girl

    You’re too funny, of course I would do the same (for my blog!)

  • http://recipespicbypic.blogspot.com/ Nuria

    I love salsa verde!!! But the one we have here is a bit different. Great to know more kinds though!!! I have to try your version :D

  • http://recipespicbypic.blogspot.com Nuria

    I love salsa verde!!! But the one we have here is a bit different. Great to know more kinds though!!! I have to try your version :D

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    I like that your tomatillos take center stage–I usually make them share the spotlight with some cubanelles or other mild green-tasting peppers.

    You win the Dedicated Blogger Award for the whole make-a-chip scenario!

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    I like that your tomatillos take center stage–I usually make them share the spotlight with some cubanelles or other mild green-tasting peppers.

    You win the Dedicated Blogger Award for the whole make-a-chip scenario!

  • http://www.glutenfreegourmand.blogspot.com/ Gina @ The Gluten-Free Gourman

    That shows dedication to make a fresh tortilla just for your photo shoot. It also shows dedication of another kind to consume all of your food (and cerveza) before you know what happened.

    I tried to grow some tomatillos from seed, but unlike Holly none of mine sprouted (or I killed the sprouts – I’m prone to that). You’re right, though, that tomatillos are very readily available, and not bad for flavor. Good thing!

  • http://www.glutenfreegourmand.blogspot.com Gina @ The Gluten-Free Gourmand

    That shows dedication to make a fresh tortilla just for your photo shoot. It also shows dedication of another kind to consume all of your food (and cerveza) before you know what happened.

    I tried to grow some tomatillos from seed, but unlike Holly none of mine sprouted (or I killed the sprouts – I’m prone to that). You’re right, though, that tomatillos are very readily available, and not bad for flavor. Good thing!

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    That’s funny. I’ve gone through every clean plate in the house trying to get something to look presentable. Anything for the blog! That’s great that we both posted about salsa verde on the same day! Different origins for the salsas, but still.

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    That’s funny. I’ve gone through every clean plate in the house trying to get something to look presentable. Anything for the blog! That’s great that we both posted about salsa verde on the same day! Different origins for the salsas, but still.

  • http://melanger.wordpress.com/ Julia @ Mélanger

    Marc, thanks for sharing this recipe. It took me back to a place in Boston I used to go to called Anna’s Taqueria. It had great salsa verde for a ‘chain’ store. I miss that place so will have to try this to recreate the memory!

    • http://norecipes.com/ Marc @ NoRecipes

      Anna’s is one of my favourite Mexican places on this coast:-)

  • http://melanger.wordpress.com Julia @ Mélanger

    Marc, thanks for sharing this recipe. It took me back to a place in Boston I used to go to called Anna’s Taqueria. It had great salsa verde for a ‘chain’ store. I miss that place so will have to try this to recreate the memory!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc @ NoRecipes

      Anna’s is one of my favourite Mexican places on this coast:-)

  • http://constableslarder.com/ Giff

    I love using tomatillos for salsa, and will often combine with tomatoes, red onion, sweet peppers, etc and maybe a little rice or apple vinegar — so good on toasted bread. I haven’t roasted my tomatillos first — sounds like more work, but would impart a nice flavor!

  • http://constableslarder.com Giff

    I love using tomatillos for salsa, and will often combine with tomatoes, red onion, sweet peppers, etc and maybe a little rice or apple vinegar — so good on toasted bread. I haven’t roasted my tomatillos first — sounds like more work, but would impart a nice flavor!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    Salsa verde is so simple and yet so addictively good!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com Kevin

    Salsa verde is so simple and yet so addictively good!

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    Making the chip for the blog? Of course. That is our art.

    My favorite breakfast when traveling Mexico years ago was a scrambled egg, with all things green: salsa verde, avocado, cilantro, sliced jalapeño. Continues to be my all time favorite breakfast.

    Great post Marc.
    LL

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    Making the chip for the blog? Of course. That is our art.

    My favorite breakfast when traveling Mexico years ago was a scrambled egg, with all things green: salsa verde, avocado, cilantro, sliced jalapeño. Continues to be my all time favorite breakfast.

    Great post Marc.
    LL

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  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com/ we are not martha [chels]

    DEDICATION… I love it! And that looks soooo tasty. I feel like I can taste it through that photo! :)

  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com we are not martha [chels]

    DEDICATION… I love it! And that looks soooo tasty. I feel like I can taste it through that photo! :)

  • http://ravenouscouple.blogspot.com/ Ravenouscouple

    This recipe sounds fantastic! So glad you visited our site…so that we can discover yours. Amazing. Brilliant. Love those shishito peppers on your header and your philosophy about not cooking with recipes. Moon Cake foods was a favorite–loved their grilled lobster tail specials on thursdays! Can’t believe we’ve been missing out on your blog –just added you to our blogroll. Thanks! Hong and Kim

  • http://ravenouscouple.blogspot.com Ravenouscouple

    This recipe sounds fantastic! So glad you visited our site…so that we can discover yours. Amazing. Brilliant. Love those shishito peppers on your header and your philosophy about not cooking with recipes. Moon Cake foods was a favorite–loved their grilled lobster tail specials on thursdays! Can’t believe we’ve been missing out on your blog –just added you to our blogroll. Thanks! Hong and Kim

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    hi people

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  • Forgetmenot

    great recipe …am going to buy tomatillos just to try this one!

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  • Fazef34r

    i used to make this kind of salsa but after visiting this site, i have changed the way i make it

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  • Lkc100

    I just made this…..tomatillos are in super store now……I bought some…..
    made this salsa…..it is amazing

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  • Becca

    how long does this salsa last in the fridge? Thanks!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      4-5 days provided you don’t double dip and keep it in a sealed container.

  • cassy

    Abuelo’s salsa verde is suprisingly delicious! It is made just like this but has fresh pineapple in it. It is so fresh!

  • Reem

    What do you do when the salsa gels after it has been in the fridge??

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      I don’t think I’ve ever had it do that. Have you tried stirring it?

  • Jerry Mata

    Great recipe! I added an extra Serrano and jalapeño for an extra kick. Delicious!! Thank you! This would work great for an awesome pork chile verde.

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Good call, I usually add extra chiles too. As for chile verde, I have a recipe for a lamb version and a pork version on he site:-)

  • Steffini Phoenix

    I made this for my mom, she loved it. But here is the question. Can you can this, or is there away canning this so you can have it later?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      It should be cannable, but I’m not super familiar with the process so you’ll need to do some research. You could also probably freeze it. —
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  • CodieD

    We have a small local restaurant that makes things pretty authentic I think. This reminds me of their salsa verde only with more kick and flavor. It is so good! I made it to go with the braised chicken tacos, because I’m weird. I can’t wait to try it with pork carnitas next time we make those. It was really good with my over medium eggs this morning too. The garlic and jalapeno gave them a nice kick. Thank you!

    • CodieD

      I guess the version I made was one that you posted at the end of another recipe. It had 4 whole jalapenos.

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