There is lots of debate about the better salsa: verde o roja? Green or red salsa? To me, this is hands down the BEST salsa, period. Don’t take my word for it though, go try it out yourself!
I am sure you have a favorite salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant or your favorite store bought kind. I am pretty confident when I say this will definitely be on the top of your list. It is a popular recipe and it is a great salsa to drizzle over your favorite tacos, eggs, quesadillas, etc. It is also the perfect base for my pozole verde which you can find here.
Growing up, my grandma ALWAYS had salsa roja and salsa verde on the table and you bet your booty I was always getting into the verde. There’s something about the tangy flavor of the tomatillos with the spice of the peppers that made me go back for more. Until this day my grandma will always send salsa verde home with me when I visit her because she knows it is my favorite!
First thing is first, let’s talk about tomatillos. This glorious tomato-like fruit, (yup, not a vegetable), is tangy and a little tart. They are not to be confused with green tomatoes as those are a completely different thing. Tomatillos are covered in a husk and are slightly sticky under that husk. When you cut into them they are very similar to a tomato in that they are juicy and have tiny little seeds. You can find them in almost any grocery store. I recommend you ask your produce department where they are.
For this salsa verde I highly suggest you roast everything. There is seriously a big difference in flavor when you do this. Alternatively you can boil everything and it will still turn out delicious. However, trust me on the roasting thing, you won’t regret it!
This recipe is versatile and you can customize to your flavor and spice preference. You can use serrano peppers instead of jalapenos, use less or more tomatillos, adjust garlic to preference. One thing is for sure though: you will want to make this salsa over and over again. It is full of flavor and spice and great on everything! The salsa is Whole30 complaint and the perfect base for one of my favorite meals: Pork Chile Verde. Do yourself a favor and make this salsa and immediately make the Pork Chile Verde found here.
- 5 tomatillos husks off and rinsed
- 2 -3 jalapenos or serrano peppers Quantity depends on desired spice level. Seeds removed for less spice
- 1/2 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1/4-1/2 cup water amount depends on desired consistency
- salt and pepper to taste
- Line baking sheet with aluminum foil or spray sheet with preferred cooking spray. Place everything on sheet except cilantro, water, and salt and pepper.
- Place baking sheet under broiler for 5-7 minutes until starting to char. At this point remove garlic cloves as to not burn them. Flip everything over and broil for another 5-7 minutes. Be careful not to burn the vegetables. You only want a slight char. Alternatively you can boil all the veggies in some water until tender.
- Place everything in a blender, starting with 1/4 cup of water and seasoning to taste. Add an additional 1/4 cup of water if salsa is too thick or thinner salsa is desired.
Linet Leon says
Amazing!!! I made this last night to add to my pork and it was so yummy! I will definitely keep on making this recipe…..and so easy to make! Thank you for sharing all your yummy recipes
Thanks so much Linet! I am so happy to hear you love it as much as we do!
This is by far the best salsa verde recipe I’ve found! And the only thing better than eating it by itself, is using it to make Jess’ Chile Verde!
Thank you so much Jared! I am so happy you love it and you’re right, the best for Chile Verde!
Yummy! About to shower my asada tacos with this delicious green salsa. I boiled instead of charring and was worried I would lose some of the flavor but nope still there.
Edith, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this salsa. You definitely don’t have to char or broil the veggies for a delicious salsa verde!
One of my new favorite recipes! Very easy to make!
I am so glad you loved this recipe! I hope it becomes a staple in your house like it is in mine!
This is the only salsa verde recipe I will ever use! I seriously love this recipe! And so does everyone who comes over when I use it for entertaining!
Thanks so much, Melyn! I love that you share the salsa verde love with others :)!
I’ve always had so much trouble making a good salsa. Not anymore..thanks so much for this easy delicious recipe!
That makes me so happy to hear, Jannet. So happy you find it easy and delicious!
This was my first time making authentic salsa! I love salsa verde but couldn’t quite find a store brand I liked. Now I make it myself and it’s so good!
This is hands down my favorite. So glad you liked it!
I wish I could give this more than 5 stars! So easy, so good! I’ve made it almost every week since I first tried it, it’s become a staple in our home! I’ve made it for friends and family and they can’t get over it! So good on eggs, in tamales, cooked over clang protein, and even just on chips. It’s very easy to adjust the spice level, too. Thanks for making food accessible!
This makes me so happy to hear! Glad you love it as much as we do!
I chard mine on the comal and it turned out pretty good so I give it a 10/10 I will be definitely making this again
Charred sounds perfect. So happy you like it!
THIS was delicious and I literally went out to buy more tomatillos the next week. The longer it sat…the better the flavor. It is one for the books for sure and appreciate you sharing!
Hi Dori, thanks so much for trying this recipe out. So glad you love it as well!