Homemade Authentic Salsa Verde Recipe

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Learn how to make an authentic Mexican homemade salsa verde in minutes. You just need 5 fresh ingredients! Step by step recipe and video.

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A few things are always in my kitchen, like limes, avocados, tomatoes, onions, and salsa!

Salsa in Mexico usually refers to a delicious mixture of vegetables, herbs, spices and chiles liquified in a blender. Salsas are truly versatile, we pour them on meat, eggs, quesadillas, tacos, shrimp, tostadas, you name it.

By the way, that yummy mix of chunky tomatoes, onions, cilantro and pepper some folks in the US call salsa, we call pico de gallo in Mexico. You can also find my avocado salsa recipe here for a nice variation.

What is Salsa Verde?

Salsa verde is a very popular Mexican salsa. Its name comes from its color. The color is given by the tomatillos, the fresh cilantro and the green peppers.

peeling tomatillos

This salsa is very versatile. I learned the recipe from my mother who learned it from my grandmother. We usually boil the tomatillos and peppers before blending them, but there are other ways to make it as well.

Salsa Verde Variations

Raw green salsa is very easy to make. The ingredients are obviously not boiled or cooked in any way. For this version, you must use very fresh and clean ingredients. This salsa usually has a touch of lemon.

Roasted green salsa. For this salsa most of the ingredients are roasted on a comal or skillet. This process gives them a different, smoky flavor. Look at this recipe for shrimp in roasted tomatillo salsa.

shrimp in roasted green sauce in a blue bowl

Another easy way to create a variation is using different peppers. You can use serrano peppers (the traditional pepper used in salsa verde), jalapeño peppers for a less spicy salsa, or another type such as Anaheim, poblano, or a combination of several of them.

More Recipes with Mexican Salsa Verde

Here are a few ideas for you.

Turkey albondigas with green sauce by mamalatinatips.com

If you make this homemade authentic Mexican Salsa Verde, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatips hashtag. I’d love to see it and have a chance to share it as well.

Here is my family recipe:

Homemade Authentic Salsa Verde Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 medium tomatillos
  • 3-4 serrano chiles
  • 1/2 white onion
  • Cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Equipment and Utensils

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Process

Peel and clean the tomatillos. Wash the chiles and cut the stems off.

Place the tomatillos and chiles in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then cook for about 10 minutes. You will know when they are done when they change from a bright green to olive green. Let them rest to cool down.

Strain them but keep the liquid and set them aside.

In a blender combine tomatillos, chiles, onion, a large handful of cilantro and salt to taste.

Mix, taste for salt and consistency, if it is too thick, add a little bit of the liquid you set apart.

That’s it! 

Buen Provecho,

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Salsa Verde

Also known as tomatillo salsa. It’s fast and easy and made like in Mexico. Enjoy on top of your favorite Mexican dishes like quesadillas, tostadas, tacos. Or on top of eggs, meats and fish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 32 tablespoons
Calories: 5kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 medium tomatillos
  • 3-4 serrano chiles
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 30 Cilantro sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Peel and clean the tomatillos. Wash the chiles and cut the stems off. Place the tomatillos and chiles in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then cook for about 10 minutes. You will know when they are done when they change from a bright green to an olive green. Let them rest to cool down.
  • Strain them but keep the liquid and set apart. In a blender combine tomatillos, chiles, onion, a large handful of cilantro and salt to taste. Mix, taste for salt and consistency, if it is too thick, add a little bit of the liquid you set apart. That’s it!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Salsa Verde
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5
% Daily Value*
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 144IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salsas & Sauces
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Silvia

Notes

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Amy Bloodworth

This was perfect! Thank you for the tip about boiling the tomatillos. Already planning when I can make it again!

I love salsa verde so much! I love how simple and delicious yours is! Great suggestions for roasting them too! Thank you so much for sharing!

Julia

I’ve always made the red salsa at home, but this salsa verde was super fun to make. I’ve never tried with the tomatillos and was very yummy over the fish tacos we had for dinner last night.

veenaazmanov

This is so easy to make and perfect to enjoy as a topping on yummy dishes. I need to give this a try.

Kayla DiMaggio

I love salsa verde! It is so delicious and this was fantastic!

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