Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, (Salsa de Tomatillo Asado)

Juliann Esquivel


Tomatillo's are used a lot in Mexican cuisine. My grandmother grew them in her garden all summer long. They are round, & green with papery husks all around them. Almost like a little bag. You tear the husk off and and wash the waxy coating off the tomatillo well in water. They are usually split in half & roasted then I use to make salsa's, sauces and soups. They are the prime ingrediant in the famous Chile Verde Salsa with Pork Loin. The Green Enchilada recipe and can't forget Oaxaca's Mole Verde. I don't know if they are in the tomato family but we refer to the them as tomatillo's meaning little tomato's they are so good. I will be posting these recipes in the future. Enjoy

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a bunch


10 Min


5 Min


1 1/2 lb
tomatillos washed and cut in halves
1 large
vidalia onion or white onion cut in half
1/2 c
fresh cilantro leaves
4/5 Tbsp
fresh key lime or regular lime juice
1/4 tsp
2 large
jalapeno peppers stemmed, roasted and chopped
1 tsp
salt and 1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp
ground cumin
1/2 tsp
garlic powder

Directions Step-By-Step

Remove papery husk from the tomatillos and wash well under cool water. Cut them in half and keep the cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Put the the two stemmed rinsed jalapenos cut in halves as well seed side down (cut length wise) next to the tomatillos. Cut vidalia onion in half and palce cut side down next to the jalapenos and tomatillos Broil for 5 to 7 minutes to lightly blacken the skins of the veggies. You are looking for a light char. Watch that they do char real bad.
Next Place the tomatillos, onions, jalapenos, lime juice, cilantro, sugar, & cum,in the food processor and pulse till the ingredients are finely chopped. Add salt and pepper & galic powder to season. Place in refrigerator and serve cold with tortilla chips or on top of grilled meats. Enjoy
If you do not like the taste of lime you can reduce the tablespoons of lime juice to two or three. I will post my picture tomorrow of my tomatillo salasa, My camera died and I am re-charging it tonight.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Salsas
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy