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Authentic Salsa Verde (Green Tomatillo Salsa) Recipe

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  • Author: Mirna Pena
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 cups 1x


Tangy, spicy, and fresh. This salsa is made from jalapeños, tomatillos, onion, garlic, salt, and cilantro. Great on tacos, tortas, or just about anything!


  • 45 tomatillos small to medium (approx ½ lb)
  • 34 jalapenos (approx ¼ lb)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ of an onion
  • 1 cup reserved cooking water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Handful of cilantro


  1. Remove husks from the tomatillos and stems from the jalapeños. 
  2. Wash the tomatillos to remove the sticky coating.
  3. Add the tomatillos, jalapeños, onion, and 1 clove of garlic to a pot with water enough to cover the ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil and take down to a simmer.
  5. Once it’s at a simmer, keep an eye on the tomatillos. When they start to change in color from a bright green to a greenish-brown, remove them from the hot water.
  6. At this time you can also remove the onion and galirc.
  7. Continue to cook your jalapeños for another 2-3 minutes.
  8. When your jalapeños are done cooking, turn off the heat and reserve 3/4 cup of cooking water.
  9. Add the tomatillos, jalapeños, onion, salt, cooked garlic clove, and half of a clove of fresh garlic to a blender.
  10. To the blender add the 3/4 cup of the cooking water to the blender.
  11. Blend for about 30 seconds.
  12. Throw in a handful of fresh cilantro into the blender and blend for another 20-30 seconds. 
  13. Serve with your favorite chip, over some tacos, in a torta, this can be enjoyed in so many ways! 


  • Feel free to replace or mix in some serrano peppers. They pack a bit more heat.
  • DO NOT overcook your tomatillos. The sauce will taste off.
  • To make it less spicy, don’t add as many jalapeños.


  • Serving Size: 2.5 cups
  • Calories: 92
  • Sugar: 3.2g
  • Sodium: 2339mg
  • Fat: 2.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 5.6g
  • Protein: 3.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0g