Salsa Verde

Our family is addicted to loves salsa.  Take my kids to a Mexican restaurant and we might as well save the money on the meals because they’ll scrape the dishes of salsa clean and ask for more before the drinks even arrive at the table.  My husband practically inhales the stuff.  And for him, the hotter the better.  He’s the one asking for the “muy caliente” batch sitting in the back of the kitchen.  You know the one; it’s usually deemed to have a little too much kick for American Gringos.  Well not my husband.  He relishes in the deliciousness of a good salsa induced sweat.

It can be said that salsa is the Mexican version of ketchup and I believe it.  It tastes good on (and in!)  just about everything.  Give me a bowl of salsa, some chips and a beer and I’m as happy as a girl can be.  Recently, I’ve really been getting into salsa verde.  It has a real “limey” flavor that you just don’t get from regular salsa.  And the best part about about this green nectar of the Gods is how truly easy it is to make.

All you need to do is grab up a handful of tomatillos and boil them for a few minutes to get them good and cooked.

Once they’re done, pop them in a blender and add all the rest of your ingredients with the exception of the salt.

Just a note here…. if you’re desiring a salsa induced sweat similar to the one my husband enjoys, feel free to throw in a few jalapenos, habaneros, or any other spicy accompaniment you desire.  I’ve left it pretty tame in the spice department due to the fact that I’m outnumbered by little people who don’t enjoy spice the way my husband and I do.

Blend it up and it’s ready to go.  Throw it in the fridge to cool completely and when you’re ready to nosh on some chips and salsa, it’s there for the taking.

So grab a beer, a few limes, and a bag of chips.  Sit back, kick up your feet, and enjoy your own little Mexican fiesta.

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Salsa Verde

Total Time: 20 min


11/2 Pounds Tomatillos
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
1/2 Lime, Juiced
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 Can Diced Green Chiles
1/2 Onion, Chopped
1 Bunch Cilantro, Chopped
1/4 tsp Pepper
Salt to Taste


Take the shells off the tomatillos and boil for about 5-7 minutes.

Remove from heat and drop them into a blender.

To the blender add the cumin, coriander, lime juice, garlic, chiles, onion, cilantro, and pepper.

Blend well. Salt to taste.

Chill in fridge until ready to serve.

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33 Responses to “Salsa Verde”

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — March 28, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    Yum – I LOVE salsa verde! I have found a really good jarred version that I like (which is rare) but it would be even better to make my own!! This looks so tasty. Salty. Spicy. Ahhh Mexican food, I love you!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 28, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    Love salsa verde! Even better than the red stuff. I always ask for it to go with my tacos carne asada at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 28, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    We are addicted to salsa as well. There’s a restaurant in AVL that specializes in salsa–they make 4 varieties of green salsa. Every time I go there it’s like a love fest! I’ve never added chicken stock to salsa though; I’ll have to try that!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — March 28, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    I’m a salsa lover too! Love salsa verde for Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas.

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    anne — March 28, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    That looks amazing! We love salsa as well, although not as hot as you guys do! A mexican restaurant just opened here last week and I am in HEAVEN!! anne

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 28, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    Looks great. My son had to make this for his Spanish class a few months ago. Wish I had this recipe

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    Chef Danielle @ Cooking Clarified — March 28, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    Love that super-hot-and-spicy is not the theme here, as it is for so many salsa recipes. My picky eater loves it but is always afraid it’s too hot. Thanks!

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    Feast on the Cheap — March 28, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    This salsa looks SO good and so authentic. I’m definitely making this, thanks so much for sharing

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    Jenna — March 28, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    I love salsa, but for some reason I never think to make it. The last time I made salsa was over a year ago (for New Years 2010)–yikes! Your salsa verde sounds great, though I probably wouldn’t want quite as much punch as your husband. I like a little fire in the mouth, but nothing that would cause my whole body to break out in a sweat. =)

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    Laura in Cancun — March 28, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Jorge makes a pretty mean salsa verde :)

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    Julie — March 28, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    That sounds exactly like my family at Mexican restaurant! I’ve never tried making green salsa before…I definitely need to try this.

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    Melissa R — March 28, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    We have a “slight” addiction also : )

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    5 Star Foodie — March 28, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    Perfect looking salsa verde, great presentation and pictures!

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    Tessa — March 28, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    I have never tried to make salsa verde at home. I always enjoy it at restaurants, so I’m going to have to keep this in mind. Thanks!

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 28, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    Salsa verde is, hands down, my favorite. There’s something about the tart flavor of tomatillos that I find really appealing. Wonderful recipe!

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    Candace — March 28, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

    Oh, I love salsa verde so much! Thank you for sharing the recipe. It looks and sounds delicious.

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    Z — March 28, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    _Caliente_ means “hot” (as in temperature.) _Picante_ means “hot” (as in spicy.)

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    Pattyann — March 28, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    Oh, this looks great!! We make our own salsa all the time, but haven’t tried this one. My favorite is peach salsa. Totally yummy!!

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book — March 29, 2011 @ 1:01 am

    What an outstanding idea – I haven’t made a bona-fide salsa before.
    :-) Mandy

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    Anna — March 29, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    Yum!I’m a planning a little Mexican Fiesta at my digs before it gets too cold, this here is wonderful. I’m not a real spicy nut, I really can’t get into the sweaty forehead thang at the dining table, so your recipe should be perfect. Salsa Verde for me has always been known as a Green Sauce, has egg and anchovy in it. Maybe that is the European version I know? Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try! Yum!

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    Katerina — March 29, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    Beautiful salsa verde Julie! I love Mexican so why don’t you make a salsa as well so I can get the recipe for that too? I am trying to find a good one!

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    Rach — March 29, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Haha! Salsa definitely is the Mexican ketchup, you’re so right!

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    Tanvi@SinfullySpicy — March 29, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    I went to a mexican restaurant on Sunday and just ate this.The punch from tomatillos is so good.And I love the pale green color too.I like your simple recipe..just throw in everything in blender and done.I know what I will be making for the world cup cricket match tonite.

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    Sanjeeta kk — March 29, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    You made this exotic recipe look so easy to cook! Lovely color and clicks.

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    Mari's Cakes — March 29, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    I like the idea of making it at home!! It looks delicious, I f I were to be near I’ll eat all the chips on the plate with this salsa.

    have a great week :)

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    FM — March 30, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    I can’t wait for summer to bring some garden fresh tomatoes for salsa! This recipe looks great…last night for supper I made some black beans that needed a kick so I added some garlic, cilantro, and salsa and they were delish!!

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    Maranda — March 31, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    You are a genius!!! Down ‘South’ we call this a tomatillo salsa as opposed to salsa verde. But it works either way. I can almost taste the fresh flavors in this salsa. The Hubble prefers the ‘opens your sinuses’ kind of spicy as well. :-)

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    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 — March 31, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    Your salsa verde sounds sensational. Those are some gorgeous tomatillos. I’ll have to hit up the local farmers market and give this tasty recipe a whirl!!

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    Stephanie Faris — April 6, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    Where can you get tomatillos? My husband loves them but I don’t see them in grocery stores around here.

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    Aggie — May 3, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Green salsa is my absolute favorite!! And I’m in the same club as your husband, the hotter the better :) I am totally making this…and adding some jalapeno growing in my garden! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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