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Tomatillo Salsa

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


2-1/4 cups

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


  • 8 tomatillos, husked
  • 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


  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.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • mamaknowsbest
    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
    May 7, 2015

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

  • rachel1122
    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
    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
    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.

  • iamcarrie
    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
    Aug 31, 2011

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

  • kcgardener
    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
    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
    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!