Tomatillo Recipes!

What is your best recipe using tomatillos? I grow large amounts of them and sell wholesale to restaurants, but would like some tips on preparing them for myself!

  • Posted by: Platita
  • August 8, 2011


lorigoldsby August 10, 2011
Here is my breakfast chilequeles recipe...
cookinginvictoria August 10, 2011
Lucky you, what an embarrassment of riches . . . .

One of my all-time favorite tomatillo recipes is Rick Bayless's recipe, Tomatillo Braised Pork Loin. (It can be found in the cookbook, Rick Bayless's Mexico: One Plate at a Time, but here is an online link:

Agree that if you have freezer space, I would consider freezing tomatillos. Maybe roast and puree them first?
Fairmount_market August 9, 2011
I recommend this recipe for slow cooked pork in tomatillos:
sfmiller August 9, 2011
I like this raw salsa that uses tomatillos.

Chop in a food processor or blender until very fine but not liquified:
2 medium tomatillos
1/4 C. or so white onion
1 medium jalapeno or serrano chile, or to taste
1 or 2 garlic cloves.

Add flesh of 1 avocado and chopped cilantro and salt to taste. Pulse until you get a chunky puree.

It's especially good on shrimp, fish, or chicken tacos. Also makes a good chip dip, somewhere between guacamole and salsa verde. An interesting thing about this salsa is that it doesn't darken on standing from the avocado--I guess the acid in the tomatillos prevents it.

Lauren C. August 9, 2011
I love to cook eggs in tomatillo, add raw sweet corn and put it all in a slightly crispy on one side flour tortilla with hot sauce and scallions and of course avocado!
Meatballs&Milkshakes August 8, 2011
As I start to realize we're almost at the end of summer and before we know it, it will be cold and snowy here in NY, I can't help but think you should definitely freeze some of that fresh tomatillo salsa for winter! I don't know where you live, but if you don't grow them all year, it would probably be a nice treat to defrost some and be reminded of summer!
aargersi August 8, 2011
That is a LOT of tomatillos! Maybe you should have a salsa party :-)
Platita August 8, 2011
Thanks!! That second one (aargersi) is great seeing as I've grilled a 5-gallon bucket's worth of tomatillos....
aargersi August 8, 2011
I make this a LOT - uses grilled tomatillos
stephaniekays August 8, 2011
I use tomatillo salsa as a base for posole soup, as well as enchilada sauce (or enchilada pie). And of course the salsa itself tastes great with chips.

Basic salsa recipe:
Peel the tomatillos and cut them in half and remove the stem. Roast on a lightly oiled baking sheet (with sides!) for 30-40 minutes, until they are just browned.

When there's about 15 minutes left, roast a couple of jalapenos (I use 3 jalapenos per pound of tomatillos), and 1 inch pieces of the white and light green parts of scallions (I use 1 small bunch of scallions per pound of tomatillos), and a few cloves of garlic (I use 6-8, but I like a lot of garlic).

When the skins are peeling off the jalapenos, they're done. When they cool, peel off the skins, remove the stems and as many seeds as you like (I like mine spicy so I tend to leave more seeds in).

Throw the roasted tomatillos, the peeled jalapenos, the scallions, and the peeled garlic into a food processor. Add cilantro leaves (1/2-1 bunch). Add salt and pepper to taste. You can use water to dilute the salsa, but if you're making enchiladas or soup, use chicken stock as needed.

For more ideas, be sure to check Rick Bayless's website!
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