Tomatillo salsa verde sauce, or “green sauce” is a popular condiment used in Latin American cooking. Making it yourself at home is easy!
Salsa verde, or “green sauce,” is a popular condiment in Mexican cooking. It’s usually made by from a few simple ingredients such as finely chopped onion, garlic, cilantro, and tomatillos.
Tomatillos looks like little green tomatoes wrapped in brown paper-like husks. And the word “tomatillo” literally translates into “little tomato.” But guess what? They’re not tomatoes. Not really.
Like tomatoes, they are members of the nightshade plant family (and if you’re reeeally itching for a biology lesson, you can read all about nightshade plants here).
Down here, we would call tomatoes and tomatillos “kin folk.” Distantly related somehow, but so distant nobody really remembers where the connection is.
Tomatillos aren’t as juicy as tomatoes but contain more acidity. They’re kind of tart in their raw form, but mellow when cooked.
How to prepare Tomatillo Salsa Verde Sauce
It’s easy! If you’ve ever made homemade salsa, similar concept. Only I like to roast my tomatillos first.
In my grocery store, tomatillos are located right next to the whole garlic in the produce section. If you can’t find them, just ask.
Once you get them home, peel that papery wrapper off the outside and throw it away. They will feel sticky once you get them undressed. It’s fine, just give them a good quick rinse under some water.
I like to quarter my tomatillos then layer them on a foil lined baking sheet with some garlic cloves and diced onion. You can add a jalapeno pepper for some heat. However, I usually leave that out so my kiddos don’t revolt. Drizzle everything with a little olive oil and roast them at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Let everything cool before you toss them in a food processor. Add some cumin and fresh cilantro, season with a little salt and pepper, then give that baby a whir. Process until your homemade salsa verse sauce is as chunky or smooth as you like.
More ways to use Tomatillo Salsa Verde Sauce:
Tomatillo Salsa Verse Sauce
- 1 pound tomatillos husked
- 1 white onion peeled and sliced
- 4 garlic cloves peeled
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers optional
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/2 lime juiced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Arrange tomatillos, garlic cloves, and jalapenos on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil. Stir until ingredients are coated.
Roast for 12-15 minutes. Allow everything to cool slightly.
Pour everything into a food processor. Add the lime juice, then process until ingredients are combined and sauce is your desired consistency.