Roasted Tomatillo and Green Chile Salsa
This roasted tomatillo and green chile salsa is easy to make and is delicious with tortilla chips or as a topper on eggs, tacos and more.
Salsa is one of those things that tastes wonderful with breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
And when crispy tortilla chips are involved, any time of the day is a great time to have this salsa.
Salsa is actually very easy to make.
About Green Salsa
To make salsa verde, or green salsa, the ingredients can be raw or cooked.
And the green salsa can be made by boiling the ingredients or roasting them in the oven or in a pan.
About this Recipe
In this recipe, the tomatillos and peppers are charred in a pan just like Mexican restaurants make it.
The more charred, the better the flavor is.
The trick to making this salsa is adding enough salt.
This salsa tastes so good when just the right amount of salt is added.
Let’s check out the ingredients.
Tomatillos, long green chile peppers (Anaheim chili peppers), jalapeno pepper (or Serrano peppers if more heat is preferred), onion, fresh lime juice, water and salt
HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.
For the Tomatillos:
For the Tomatillos – Start by peeling the skin or husk off of the tomatillos.
If the skin is sticking to the tomatillo, just give it a rinse and the skin should rub off.
Rinse all of the tomatillos and remove the stems.
Cut each tomatillo into quarters.
For the Jalapenos:
For the Chile Peppers – Next cut each of the long green chiles into quarters and remove the seeds.
Then cut the jalapeno pepper in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
If more heat is preferred, the seeds can be left in.
Charring the Tomatillos and Chile Peppers – Turn the vent on above the stove so that the smell of the peppers isn’t too strong.
Heat a large skillet on medium heat.
To the skillet add the tomatillos,
…long green chiles, and the jalapeno pepper.
If the pan gets too hot and starts to smoke, turn the heat off.
Using a pair of tongs, continuously turn the tomatillos and peppers…
…to char or brown all sides.
The more char, the more flavor the salsa has.
Continue turning each piece…
….and just a bit more cooking and charring to get a char on all sides.
…transfer the tomatillos and chile peppers from the pan on to a plate…
…and set aside.
For the Food Processor:
Cut the onion into chunks (any size is fine since it will go into the food processor).
Using tongs, add the tomatillos, chile peppers and onion to the bowl of a food processor.
This is a small size food processor that works great for salsa.
To the food processor, add salt…
…and juice from 1/2 of a lime.
Pulse the ingredients to a puree…
…that has a slightly chunky consistency.
Then add water and pulse the ingredients a few more times.
Do a taste test and add more salt if needed.
Transfer the salsa to a serving dish.
Let cool and serve.
Then it’s time to dig in and…
…enjoy for breakfast,
lunch, or dinner.
And in between.
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Roasted Tomatillo and Green Chile Salsa
- 9 medium size tomatillos
- 2 long green chile peppers (Anaheim chile peppers) stem and seeds removed; each chile cut into quarters
- 1 jalapeno pepper (for more heat substitute with 2 Serrano chili peppers
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped onion (about a quarter of a medium size onion)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or salt to taste
- 1/2 of a lime, juiced
- 1 cup water
- For the Tomatillos - Peel the skin off of the tomatillos and remove the stems. If the skin sticks to the tomatillos, rinse them and the skin should rub off. Rinse all of the tomatillos and cut each one into quarters.
- For the Jalapeno Chili Peppers - Remove the stem, cut the jalapeno pepper in half lengthwise and remove the seeds (if more heat is preferred, leave the seeds in the pepper).
- Charring the Tomatillos and Chili Peppers - Turn the vent on above the stove so that the smell of the peppers isn’t too strong.
- Heat a large skillet on medium heat. To the skillet add the tomatillos, long green chiles, and the jalapeno pepper. If the pan gets too hot and starts to smoke, turn the heat off.
- Using a pair of tongs, continuously turn the tomatillos and chile peppers so that each side gets browned or charred.
- When all sides are browned or charred, transfer the tomatillos, chiles, and pepper from the pan on to a plate and set aside.
- Using tongs, add the tomatillos, chilies, pepper, and onion to the bowl of a food processor.
- Then add salt, and the juice from 1/2 of a lime.
- Pulse the ingredients to a puree that has a slightly chunky consistency. To the food processor, add water and pulse the ingredients a few more times.
- Do a taste test and add more salt if needed (salt will bring out the delicious flavor so make sure to add enough).
- Transfer the salsa to a serving dish, let it cool, and serve.
TIP:When selecting the tomatillos, pick the ones that are bright green with skin that's a bit sticky to the touch; these should be the most flavorful.
Green Salsa That’s Made by Boiling the Ingredients
Here’s an example of green salsa made with boiled ingredients “Salsa Verde (Green Salsa)“.
Serve this salsa as an appetizer with tortilla chips, or a side dish topper with scrambled eggs or Mexican food.
Homemade Salsa Recipes
Here are more homemade salsas you may like “Cilantro and Garlic Salsa“, “Roasted Garlic Tomato Salsa” and “Pico de Gallo“.
Mexican Food Recipes
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This salsa looks like the medium salsa at Chipotle restaurant which I absolutely love. I’m going to try this salsa recipe the next time it’s taco night at my house.
Hi Renee, I hope it tastes close to the one that you like! Thank you for stopping by!
I was surprised to see that there is no garlic in the recipe. I’m glad because my husband hates garlic. I can’t wait to try this. I love the photos you shared and the steps along the way. Looks MOUTHWATERING.
Thank you very much!
ohh my god! that looks so delicious! too bad is impossible to find tomatillo in my neck of the woods 🙁
You have a beautiful blog. Love your step-by-step instructions and your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for stopping by!
This looks so good!!!
Hi Stella, thank you!