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Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Updated on August 4, 2012

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Salsa Verde

Fresh salsa is simple to make and tastes so much better than the store bought variety. Spice up taco night with fresh salsa verde. Contrary to the way it looks, salsa verde is not usually as spicy as the red version, and it adds a crispy fresh crunch to burritos, enchiladas, or quesadillas.

The salsa verde is mainly tomatillos, which look like small green tomatoes with a husk on the outside. Though similar in look to the tomato, the flavor is crispy and a touch of tart. It reminds me of a cross between a tomato and a cucumber.

This recipe is simple and delicious. Try it for your next party and your guests will think you are so "amazing" with your homemade green salsa. We'll keep it a secret that it is five simple ingredients and takes about ten minutes to make. As a dip, serve with tortilla chips.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Two cups of salsa


  • 6 tomatillos, husked and diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 TBS cilantro or parsley, minced (fresh)


  1. Wash and rinse the tomatillos. Chop into fine chunks.
  2. Dice the red onion and add it to the tomatillos.
  3. Seed and dice the jalapeno and add it to the mixture.
  4. Chop fresh parsley or cilantro and combine.
  5. FInally, add some sugar and stir together.
  6. Chill before serving.

Photo Instructions

Just a few simple ingredients.
Just a few simple ingredients.
Chop up tomatillos into bite size pieces.
Chop up tomatillos into bite size pieces.
Add the red onion.
Add the red onion.
Finely chop jalapeno. Be careful to remove all seeds.
Finely chop jalapeno. Be careful to remove all seeds.
Add the jalapeno and chopped cilantro.
Add the jalapeno and chopped cilantro.
Finally, add a bit of sugar.
Finally, add a bit of sugar.
All finished!
All finished!


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      Kari Poulsen 

      4 years ago from Ohio

      Sounds delish! Just the recipe I've been needing. :)

    • Julie DeNeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      @everyone, thank you for the comments. I think it's hysterical that the blond chick has taken a real interest in authentic mexican food. I'm not sure I'm fooling anyone no? Lol

    • Julie DeNeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      @docmo- most grocery stores have them, though some people might have to go to a market that specializes in South American cuisine.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      This is utterly green, fresh and sound delicious. Thanks for the recipe, Julie. Much appreciated. Now where would I find a tomatillo?

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This looks delicious and so simple! Thanks for the great recipe.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm there! Bless you

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I love fresh salsa made with tomatillos! Nice job! VUMS.

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      6 years ago from Paris via California

      This looks divine. I wish I could get tomatillos where I live. Makes me homesick. If I wasn't in the city I'd grow some!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      This one sounds like something my husband would love and am definitely going to try it for him. Thanks, am pinning, sharing and voting up too!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The hotter the better, Julie! This is my kind of food. Great recipe!

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      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Oh my, this sounds so wonderful. I just love tomatillos, but have never tried them in an uncooked salsa. Since we don't have them in Peru I'll have to wait for our next trip back to the States, but I will definitely keep this in mind. Voted up and shared!

    • Julie DeNeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      Yes I love this salsa because it's fresh and crunchy and goes well with spicy food!

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      6 years ago from United States

      I'll make sure to give it a try, I love mexican recipes


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