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
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
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) equals 19 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 133 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: Free food.


  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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Reviewed May. 7, 2015

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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