Tomatillo Salsa Verde (only 6 ingredients!)

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This Tomatillo Salsa (also known as Salsa Verde) is quick and easy to prepare at home, but it looks so impressive! All you need is 6 ingredients and less than 20 minutes to make it.

tomatillo salsa verde

How to Make Tomatillo Salsa Verde

The only effort involved in making their tomatillo salsa is roasting some tomatillos, and a jalapeno for spice, and then blending them together with some fresh cilantro, onion, and seasoning with salt and pepper. It’s that easy!

tomatillo salsa ingredients in food processor

Keep in mind that you’ll want to chill this salsa in the fridge after you make it to help it thicken up, so be sure to prepare this in advance. I like to make it the night before I plan on serving it, but it will keep well in the fridge for up to a week when you store it in an airtight container, if you want to prepare it a few days ahead of time.

Are Green Tomatoes and Tomatillos the Same Thing?

Green tomatoes and tomatillos look similar, but they are actually from a different plant. Green tomatoes are under-ripe red tomatoes, so they are hard in texture and relatively mild in flavor. (They are not as sweet and juicy as red tomatoes.)

what green tomatillos look like

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Tomatillos, on the other hand, have a papery husk on the outside and have a notably tart flavor. Just like tomato plants, the stems and leaves of a tomatillo plant are poisonous, so it’s best to wash your hands well after handling the plant and be sure to wash the tomatillos after removing their husks.

How To Roast Tomatillos for Salsa Verde

This recipe is inspired by a recent cookbook I received called Mostly Plants, by the Pollan Family. In it, they recommend roasting the tomatillos whole for about 8 minutes on each side for a total of 16 minutes under your oven’s broiler. However, you can cut the time in HALF using the method below!

how to roast tomatillos for salsa

To make things as fast and easy as possible, cut the tomatillos in half. When you arrange the tomatillos on a baking sheet with the cut-side-down, both sides of the tomatillo will start to brown at the same time, so you don’t need to flip them over and they cook in half the time.

Can you Eat Raw Tomatillos?

Tomatillos are safe to eat raw, as long as you wash them well after removing their papery husks. Raw tomatillos have an acidic taste that mellows when they are roasted, so that’s what I prefer for this recipe, but you can use raw ones if you prefer that flavor.

onions going into tomatillo salsa

What Else are Tomatillos Used In?

If you have more tomatillos on hand that you don’t use up for this salsa recipe, you can also use tomatillos in:

I hope you’ll enjoy this tomatillo salsa soon. I love serving it over Sweet Potato Nachos, Chipotle Burrito Bowls, and even Black Bean Burgers!

tomatillo salsa on chip

How to make Tomatillo Salsa Verde (1-Minute Video):

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Tomatillo Salsa Verde

This roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde is the best! All you need is 6 ingredients and 20 minutes of time to make it from scratch. And it tastes better than store-bought!
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine paleo, vegan
Keyword salsa verde, tomatillo salsa
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 ounces
Calories 10kcal


  • 1 pound tomatillos , husks removed
  • 1 jalapeno (for medium spicy salsa; remove the seeds for mild)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • Sea salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (optional)


  • Set your oven rack to its highest level, about 4 inches under the broiler, and preheat the oven to broil. Slice the tomatillos in half, then arrange them on a large baking sheet cut-side down. Slice the top of the jalapeno off, then slice it in half lengthwise, and place it cut-side down on the pan as well.
  • Broil until the tops of the vegetables are charred, about 8 minutes.
  • Transfer the cooked vegetables and any juices from the pan to the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade. Add in the fresh cilantro and a 1/4 cup of water, then process until smooth.
  • Add in the onion, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and several grinds of black pepper, then process again. Taste the salsa and add a tablespoon of lime juice if you'd like a brighter, more tart flavor. Transfer the salsa to a large 16 oz. mason jar and seal it with a lid. Allow it to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving, where it will thicken up further.
  • This salsa will keep well in the fridge for up to one week, and you can freeze anything you don't use for up to 3 months.



Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Tomatillo Salsa Verde Nutrition: (per 2 tablespoons) Calories: 10, Fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 2g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 1g

Recipe Notes:

  • This recipe is adapted from Mostly Plants: 101 Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family. (I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.) I love the mix of plant-based and ominvore recipes included in the book, since that’s how my family eats, too.
  • If you can’t find tomatillos at the store, I’ve heard that you can use green tomatoes with extra lime juice added for a similar tart flavor. Or you can use red tomatoes for a more classic salsa!
  • For a mild salsa, omit the jalapeno or remove its seeds. This recipe makes a medium-spicy salsa as written, so you can double the jalapeño for a hot salsa.

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know what you think! And if you try any substitutions, I’d love to hear about that, too. We can all benefit from your experience!

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I had no idea it was this easy!! I’m obsessed with green salsa but never tried making it myself. Thanks for the thorough tutorial.


How did you know I had tomatillos in my CSA box this week?? LOL I just made this and it’s chilling now, but wow, the flavor is amazing! My tomatillos were so tart, I used only 1 teaspoon of lime juice and the flavor is perfect. This is the best salsa verde I’ve tried, and I can’t believe I made it myself!

Debbie Fouts

I just started eating salsa verde. I’m so excited for this recipe. All of your recipes turn out perfect. Love your emails and use your cook books constantly.


Oh I wonder if you omit cilantro, you can use it for green enchiladas? Maybe roast garlic and onion in addition to tomatillos and jalapenos?

I read somewhere that membrane is where most of the heat is in the jalapeno, not in the seeds.


Just made a batch and it’s so good! My daughter is so excited and this is her favorite type of salsa and I’ve never made it before. It was so simple and cheap to make. Thank you!


This looks good and easy. I will make it and let you know. Thank tyou.


This was my first try at making tomatillo anyting. This salsa is so delicious, fresh tasting and easy!

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