Tomatillo Salsa Recipe
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Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

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“Dare to deviate from tomato salsa and try this tomatillo-based version for a deliciously addictive change of pace. It’s fantastic on its own with tortilla chips or served as a condiment alongside a variety of meats." —Lori Kostecki, Wausau, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 8 tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1 medium tomato, quartered
  • 1 small onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without chips): 19 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add tomatillos. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. Place the tomatillos, tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and seasonings in a food processor. Cover and process until blended. Serve with chips. Yield: 2-1/4 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Tomatillo Salsa in Simple & Delicious June/July 2011, p44

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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mamaknowsbest 252945
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2016

"This is a great salsa recipe! I have made it many times using various different kind of tomatoes and tomatillos. We prefer not to use the blender and eat it chunky style. This recipe is great as a salsa for chips or scoop on top of something off the grill. As a volunteer field editor for taste of home magazine I love recipes that incorporate lots of fresh ingredients."

JCV4 226019
Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"Nice, fresh taste! I made mine on the mild side, but you could easily make it hotter with more peppers."

rachel1122 123827
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"I didn't have any ripe tomatoes or jalapenos so, I added a can of tomatoes with green chilis (drained). I also added a little extra garlic. It is delicious & I'm sure it will taste even better tomorrow after the flavors have more time to combine! Next time I will add more tomatillos."

tbirdew 193482
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"Awesome homemade taste! Husband and kids love it mild or hot! I use 2 plum tomatoes and a few extra tomatillos."

picky53 150410
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"I have been making this recipe for several years.A Latino friend gave me this recipe. The only thing I do different is I grill all the veggies and use 2 tomatoes. All my family and friends ask for this at all our gatherings.Very,Very good."

MY REVIEW 196429
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I made this recipe several times this summer and have eaten it fresh and put some in the freezer for future use. I just found some tomatilloes at the farmers market and plan to make more so I will have it throughout the winter. It is very easy to make. Lori, I think the cooking of the tomatilloes just softens them a bit. It still tastes like a fresh salsa because of the other ingredients."

kittykolb 132389
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"I made it with canned hot green chile peppers instead of jalapenos."

kcgardener 117494
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"YUMM!! I didn't put as many Tomatillos in as in the recipe as I have never used them before and did add another Jalapeno and more garlic since we like alot of heat I will make it next time with more of everything!!! Just so there will be more to eat Great and so simple!!!"

justmbeth 195221
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"I loved this salsa! Very fresh tasting and a good alternative to normal salsa. I did follow the magazine's directions and cook the tomatillos. Next time I'll try as originally intended to compare the difference."

Lori Kostecki 195061
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"As the original submitter of this recipe, this was intended to be a fresh salsa. The editors changed the directions. When I make it, it is done 100% in the food processor. I did not submit it as a cooked recipe, although I'd like to hear feedback about how you like the cooked version. Thanks!"

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