Fresh tomatillos cooked with garlic, onion, and jalapenos, then blended together with lime juice and cilantro. This Homemade Salsa Verde is easily customizable for your spice preferences, and is addictively delicious!
Homemade Salsas and Sauces
My husband is amazing at making salsas and various sauces. Granted I can’t give a truly unbiased opinion, but I think he could jar and sell most of his stuff. They are just so good!
Earlier this winter he checked out a book from the library about salsas, and started making a salsa verde. He changed it around a bit, I changed it around a bit, and it has landed with this recipe that our family loves. Yes, our entire family, kids included.
Homemade Salsa Verde
The first thing you need to do is remove the husks from the tomatillos. They’ll be a little sticky, so you then want to rinse them well.
I use 1.5 pounds of tomatillos for this recipe, which is usually about 8, medium-sized. Note: I weighed the tomatillos before removing the husks.
There are all sorts of ways you can cook the tomatillos, including roasting or pan frying. I prefer to boil them as it’s easy and I like the tangy taste. However, if you want to try roasting them, you will get a little different flavor.
For this salsa verde, I remove ALL of the jalapeno seeds. That is because my three and five year olds do not care for spicy food. If making it for just myself and my husband, I leave some seeds for a kick.
When it comes to most salsas, I want to taste some lime!! Therefore, I use 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice and the zest of 1/2 of a lime. That way there is a little hint of lime in every bite!
The amount of salt needed is truly a personal preference. I use 1 teaspoon of kosher salt in the boiling water, and then 1 teaspoon of kosher salt in the finished salsa. Taste and adjust as you see fit.
If you do not have kosher salt and substitute table salt, you’ll likely need less than what I have listed below.
This delicious Homemade Salsa Verde is an easy way to take your salsa game to the next level!
Homemade Salsa Verde
- 1.5 lb tomatillos ~8 tomatillos, husks removed and rinsed
- 2 whole cloves garlic skin removed
- 1/2 white onion coarsely
- 1-2 jalapenos seeds removed, coarsely chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- zest 1/2 medium lime
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro loosely packed
- 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt
- In a medium sized pot, place tomatillos, garlic cloves, onions, jalapenos, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Fill with water until tomatillos are covered in water.
- Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Let mixture boil until tomatillos are soft, and can be easily pierced with a fork.
- Drain water from pot, place remaining ingredients into a blender or food processor. Add lime juice, lime zest, and cilantro. Blend until mixture is smooth. Taste and add salt as you desire (I add about 1 teaspoon of kosher salt).
- If you want to serve warm, you may serve immediately. If you want to serve it cool, place in refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
Disclaimer: All nutritional information provided on this website is an estimate only and is not guaranteed.
If you enjoyed this Homemade Salsa Verde, you should also check out these other SugarSpicesLife recipes:
Restaurant Style Blender Salsa
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Tequila Lime Chicken Taquitos
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