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Tomatillo Green-Chile Salsa

Make your own zesty fresh Homemade Roasted Tomatillo Salsa. Your tortilla chips, tacos and burritos will thank you. Easy recipe loaded with flavor.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Southwestern Mexican
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 27kcal
Author Lea Ann Brown


  • 6 tomatillos peeled, rinsed, halved and pan roasted
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 jalapeno pepper stemmed, seeded, cut in half. Or one 4-ounce can Hatch Green Chile Peppers.
  • 1/3 cup cilantro rough chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pickapeppa Sauce or Worcestershire
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 medium onion fine chopped


  • Remove the stem, seeds and veins from jalapeno pepper. Or leave the seeds and veins in for some good heat. Cut the jalapeno and half and with skin side up, with your hand flatten the pepper so it will roast in the fry pan.
  • Heat a 10 inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Lay in the garlic, jalapeno and the halved tomatillos. The tomatillos should be cut side down.
  • When the tomatillos are well browned (3-4 minutes) with tongs, turn everything over and brown the other side. The tomatillos should be soft.
  • Scrape the tomatillos, jalapeno and garlic into a food processor and let cool to room temperature. 
  • Add the cilantro, sugar, vinegar, Pickapeppa and water. Blend to a coarse puree, easily spoonable consistency.
  • Pour into a salsa bowl and add the diced onion.  Note, Once the onion has been diced, put it in a strainer and rinse under cold water. This will temper the onion flavor. 
  • Add and season with a little salt and a little more sugar if you wish.


Green Chiles
The amount of green chile peppers you use is totally dependent on your heat tolerance. How hot the chile pepper is and hot how you want the salsa to be. If you want a very mild chile pepper, try Poblano Peppers.
Tomatillos have a sticky waxy film on their surface. Rinse them well and scrub them gently to remove the film.
Pickapappa sauce is a great condiment to have in your pantry. Great for soups. A flavorful substitute for when any recipe calls for Worcestershire.