Cooked Green Salsa (Salsa Verde)

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Author Notes: This is my house green salsa, a piquant blend of simmered tomatillos, chiles, garlic, white onion, and cilantro. The ingredients are puréed and then given a quick cook-down to thicken and deepen the flavors. Bright and smooth, the salsa goes with nearly everything: tacos, quesadillas, sunny-side-up eggs in the morning. It can even be used as a cooking sauce for fish, chicken, shredded meat, or the vegetables of your choice.Pati Jinich

Makes about 2 cups

  • 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 jalapeño or serrano chiles, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped white onion
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and top part of stems
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  1. Place the tomatillos, garlic, and chiles in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the tomatillos change from bright green to pale green and are soft but not falling apart, about 10 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatillos, garlic, and one of the chiles to a blender or food processor. Add the onion, cilantro, and salt and purée until smooth. Taste for heat, and add more chile if necessary until you have the desired amount of heat.
  3. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Pour the salsa into the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

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about 2 years ago LPW2000

Just made it. I am going to let it sit and develop flavors, then cook it to thicken it before serving over eggs. Ole!


about 2 years ago Sarah Gorman

Oh this sounds just fantastic! Any hints on picking good tomatillos at the store?


about 2 years ago Erin McLear

Make sure they are firm, bright green, and sticky!


over 1 year ago Racr Ma

They should be bursting out of the papery husk. If the husk is loose the fruit will not be as flavorful.


about 2 years ago MexicoKaren

This is exactly the way Mexican cooks make salsa verde, which is found on the table of every taquería. Kudos to you for authenticity. AND, it tastes great, of course.


about 2 years ago Dave Hoffman

I take Count Mockula's approach, and usually add some roasted poblanos to it. Yum!


about 2 years ago CookingIsArt

I also make this recipe as Count M. below, though I add fresh spinach to keep the sauce green, instead of going to brown which is the direction that the roasted veg would like to take it.


about 2 years ago Count Mockula

I make almost the same exact recipe with the same proportions, but instead of simmering, I roast the tomatillos et al in the oven. I also add a splash of lime or lemon juice. Sounds delightful... I look forward to trying a different method.