Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde

After our trips to Mexico I have fully embraced and immersed myself in Mexican cuisine. In preparation for visiting Mexico I had already bought a tortilla press and perfected the art of making corn tortilla. The delicious corny taste was an awakening of what flavours should be included in a true Mexican meal.

Mexico Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Mexico Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Whilst in Mexico I discovered so many more of the subtle flavours needed to create a truely Mexican experience in a meal.  At each meal there would be a choice of salsa’s that could be added to a meal. I should also explain that salsa means sauce in Mexico. So when you ask for salsa you would expect a smooth sauce.  This is quite different to Australia where ordering salsa will give you a diced side dish usually including tomato and red onion.

The first time I encounter the salsa bar I thought it was as simple as green for a mild chilli heat and red for a hotter chilli sauce. Whilst this proved to be partially correct the red and green salsa’s are also completely different in flavour.

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

The Mexican Salsa Verde is made from Tomatillo.  Tomatillo is a fruit which looks similar to a small green tomato but it’s quite sour. When used to make the salsa verde it lends a delicious fresh, slightly sour flavour to the salsa which taste delicious on meats and basically anything Mexican.

Mexico Tomatillo Salsa Verde Foodgawker

Mexico Tomatillo Salsa Verde Foodgawker

I love my chilli sauce hot! So whilst in Mexico I had been mostly adding the red salsa to my dishes but once I tried the Tomatillo Salsa Verde I was hooked!


Mexican Tomatillo Salsa Verde
Recipe Type: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Julie
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A basic Mexican sauce which is essential for all Mexican cuisine.
  • 1 600gm can tomatillo
  • 1/2 bunch coriander
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chilli
  • 2 (juice) lime
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until process until smooth.
  2. Taste the sauce and add extra chilli or lime until the flavour is to your liking.
  3. If the sauce is too thick add a little extra water.
  4. Store the sauce in the fridge until needed.
  5. It will keep in the fridge until more than a week.


In Mexico you are able to buy fresh Tomatillo so the sauce is quite often made from scratch with fresh fruit. Having said that you can also buy canned tomatillo everywhere so I kind expect a lot of Mexicans would take the same shortcut I have and make the salsa using canned tomatillo.

Tomatilla Salsa Verde Recipe - Pin Me

Tomatilla Salsa Verde Recipe – Pin Me

The great thing about the salsa verde is how quick it is to make, and how easy it is to get an authentic Mexican flavour. I like my salsa hot so I just add a little more chilli to the food processor. Let your taste buds guide you.

A few other dishes I now can’t live with out is Mexican Pork Carnitas and Guacamole, take a look at my recipes. I know you will be hooked too.

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  1. Now this sounds divine! So wish I could eat tomatoes!

  2. My taste buds tell me I like it hot, too! Sometimes, I like it chunky and sometimes, smooth. 🙂

  3. I love that canned tomatillos are becoming more available in Sydney!! I have to try this. Mexican food is my poison 🙂

  4. What a tasty Mexican salsa verde… It’s great as a dip for tortilla chips, to top enchiladas, and in tacos as well. I also use it atop of grilled meats!

  5. Yummy, more Mexican treats, I love the idea of a fresh, slightly sour taste to accompany the other flavours in mexican – perfect!x PS the colour is glorious too

  6. Salsa verde is my favorite too, especially with lime, avocado and crema. Sounds like a wonderful time.

  7. I’ve seen tomatillos in the shops but never bought them as I’ve not been too sure of what to do with them. I do like the sound of your salsa verde and how the tomatillos give it a slightly sour flavour – I can imagine this being delicious with meats xx

  8. I am with you Julie I so love tomatillo salsa. I love the photo you have taken of your salsa, better still I’d love to eat it…..the salsa not the spoon.

  9. Wow, I had no idea it was so easy to make authentic Mexican salsa. This is going to be made for the next BBQ party. Thanks so much, Julie.

  10. Wow, this sounds amazing!
    Melanie @

  11. Love mexicain food, when I lived in Madrid I used to go very often but now I don’t found a good one here ! Your tomatillo sauce looks terrific Julie !

  12. I love Mexican food! Can never get enough. You can buy commercial salsa verde, but one’s own is so much better. This looks fantastic — thanks so much!

  13. When I visit San Diego, I can get fresh tomatillos in the supermarkets there. There are no fresh ones sold in Adelaide but I do see cans of tomatillos for sale- whoopee! Now I’m getting an inspiration for my next post!

  14. What a delicious salsa verde! Beautiful clicks, Julie.

  15. Looks great! You have been learning so much about Mexican food Julie.

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