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Salsa verde recipe

Spicy Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Easy Homemade Salsa verde, made with tomatillos, serrano o jalapeño peppers. This authentic Mexican salsa is the way we make it in Mexico. Goes great with carnitas, steak tacos, and grilled chicken. 
Course Salsas
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 Servings ( 2 tablespoon each)
Calories 5kcal


  • 6 tomatillos husked and washed. About 2 cups.
  • 3 tablespoon of chopped onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 or 3 serranos peppers if using Jalapeño peppers use 1
  • Salt to taste
  • About 3 cups of water to cook the tomatoes and peppers.
  • 4 tablespoon Chopped Chilantro Optional


  • In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the pepper and tomatillos, simmer, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes.
  • Drain, reserving ¼ cup water of the liquid.
  • In a blender, puree the peppers, tomatillos, garlic and chopped onion, the cilantro if using, then add the reserved liquid if needed to get a saucier texture.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add salt to taste.

This sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and can also be frozen.


    • This recipe makes 2 cups of salsa verde
    • In some places, fresh tomatillos are not available. You can buy canned Tomatillos as an option.
    • Chopped cilantro is an excellent addition to this sauce; it could be added to the final process in the blender, or at serving time.


    Serving: 2tablespoon | Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg