Homemade Salsa Verde! This easy to make salsa is loaded with fresh ingredients making this a perfectly healthy dip or sauce to use for dipping chips into, making enchiladas, or pouring over some tacos. Don’t buy the jar versions anymore! This recipe is quick to make at home.

Jar filled with homemade salsa verde.

What ingredients are used in Salsa Verde?

Salsa verde is green thanks to the ingredients used to make it. The base is made of tomatillos, which are from the tomato family. They are small green tomatoes that are covered in a papery husk and are often called Mexican green tomatoes.

To use them we will need to remove the paper husk, and rinse them off. They’re typically sticky when you remove the husk from them.

Some other ingredients include the basics of a good salsa recipe, some onion, peppers, cilantro, a bit of lime juice, honey to sweeten just a bit, and some salt.

To create a medium salsa use jalapenos in the salsa. To create a milder salsa use an anaheim pepper. I always cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds and membranes from any pepper I’m using.

Large pot filled with tomatillos, onion, jalapeño, and water.

How to make Salsa Verde:

Making an authentic salsa verde is easy to do at home. Since we’re using fresh tomatillos we will need to either boil or roast the tomatillos. And since we’re already doing it, it’s just as easy to boil or roast the onion, peppers, and garlic also.

The pictures show the process of boiling the ingredients for the salsa. If you were to roast them you would simply line a baking sheet with foil, add the ingredients and roast under the broiler for about 10 minutes, flipping the garlic half way so that it doesn’t burn. Be sure to keep the peel on the garlic, to prevent getting a burnt taste to it.

Food processor filled with all the ingredients needed to make salsa verde.
Tips and Tricks for making the BEST Salsa Verde:

Roast or boil the ingredients prior to blending. This will ensure that we’re getting the best flavor from the tomatillos.

Start with smaller amounts of lime juice, lime can be overpowering. If too much is added it can make the salsa too tangy. So start small and you can add more to taste.

Customize! Making your own salsa verde recipe means that you can customize the flavor. More or less cilantro. More heat with more peppers or less. More or less salt. More or less lime or honey. You can make this just the way you want.

Freshly blended salsa verde in a food processor.

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Salsa Verde Recipe


  • Author: Serene
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x

Description

Homemade Salsa Verde! This easy to make salsa is loaded with fresh ingredients making this a perfectly healthy dip or sauce to use for dipping chips into, making enchiladas, or pouring over some tacos. Don’t buy the jar versions anymore! This recipe is quick to make at home.


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Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh tomatillos (husks removed)
  • water for boiling and cooling
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 jalapeno de-seeded
  • 1/2 white onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Add tomatillos, the white onion, jalapeño and 2 cloves garlic to a large pot. Add 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, remove the ingredients. Leave the water and save for later.
  3. Add the all ingredients to a food processor. Blend for about 30 seconds until all ingredients are mixed and combined and there are no large pieces remaining.
  4. Add the remaining water from boiling the tomatillos as needed to thin out the salsa to your preference.
  5. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Can store for about 1 week.

Notes

You can roast the tomatillos, pepper, onion and garlic if preferred. Line a baking sheet with foil, spread out the tomatillos, pepper, onion, and leave the garlic in the peel. Broil for about 10 minutes, turning the garlic and pepper over to the other side halfway through cook time.

You can make this salsa milder by using an Anaheim pepper instead of a jalapeño.

  • Category: salsa
  • Method: blended
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 36
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Protein: 1 g

Keywords: salsa, Mexican food, salsa verde, tomatillos, how to make salsa,

Jar of Salsa Verde with ingredients listed next to it.