Sep 2
2011

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe

Tomatillo & Serrano Chile Salsa Recipe

When I awoke yesterday morning, I breathed an audible sigh of relief. That wasn’t because I managed not to sleep through my alarm or because I realized it was a non-running morning, which means I get to laze around in bed for an extra half-hour. Nope, this sigh was because yesterday was the beginning of my favorite month – September. For those of you who may not know, I am decidedly not a hot weather gal. Growing up in Vancouver allowed my body to adjust to relatively mild summers but now that I live in Utah, I find myself watching The Weather Channel with great trepidation. Anything over 90 degrees F has me whining like a preschooler who is short on naptime hours. However, I do appreciate the longer growing season which gives me access to these beautiful tomatillos to make batches of salsa verde.

For as long as I can remember, I have hugged myself in delight at the mere thought of cool, crisp September days. When I was kid, I would come home from school with bouquets of brightly colored leaves gripped tightly in my hands. I would walk along the tree-lined streets of our neighborhood, throwing piles of leaves into the air – reds, yellows and oranges fluttering down on me like butterflies. I always promised that I would be married on a bright September day and, sure enough, almost 12 years ago my husband and I said our “I do”s, surrounded by family and friends on a sunny autumn day.

Now that I live in the United States, September represents the start of another fall tradition…football. Sunday afternoons are spent alternately on the couch in front of a football game and in the backyard, throwing the old pigskin (that’s a football for those of you who are not versed in the language of all-things NFL and NCAA) back and forth while diving into piles of crunchy leaves.

Whether you are tail-gating with your buddies or watching the game in the comfort of your own home, chips and salsa are the ultimate football fare. This tomatillo salsa has a bright, tangy flavor, which is mellowed somewhat by roasting the tomatillos, chile peppers and garlic. If you prefer less heat from your salsa, ease up on the amount of serrano peppers you use. Of course, you can always add more if you are a fire-loving kind of person. It’s your call. This salsa also adds a great kick to fish tacos and shredded pork burritos.

The recipe:

Preheat the broiler. Place tomatillos, serrano peppers and garlic cloves on a baking sheet lined with foil. If you prefer less (or more) heat, adjust the amount of serrano peppers you use.

Tomatillo Salsa 1

Place baking sheet under the broiler and cook until tomatillos are soft and starting to blacked, 7 to 8 minutes. The garlic and serrano peppers should be removed from the tray if starting to blacken too much.

Remove skin from garlic and cut the stems off the serrano peppers.

Tomatillo Salsa 2

Using tongs, transfer the tomatillos, serrano peppers and garlic to the bowl of a food processor.

Add cilantro, lime juice and salt, and pulse to puree to a slightly chunky consistency. Transfer salsa to a serving dish, let cool and serve.

Tomatillo Salsa 3

Other salsa recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mango, Red Pepper & Lime Salsa
Cookin’ Canuck’s Corn Salsa with Zing
Two Peas & Their Pod’s Pineapple Salsa
Everyday Southwest’s Zucchini Salsa Verde
Eliza Domestica’s Avocado Salsa Verde

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Yield: Makes 2 to 3 cups.

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. fresh tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 3 cloves garlic, papery skin left intact
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Place tomatillos, serrano peppers and garlic cloves on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  3. Place baking sheet under the broiler and cook until tomatillos are soft and starting to blacked, 7 to 8 minutes. The garlic and serrano peppers should be removed from the tray if starting to blacken too much.
  4. Remove skin from garlic and cut the stems off the serrano peppers.
  5. Using tongs, transfer the tomatillos, serrano peppers and garlic to the bowl of a food processor.
  6. Add cilantro, lime juice and salt, and pulse to puree to a slightly chunky consistency.
  7. Transfer salsa to a serving dish, let cool and serve.

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1 raquel @ Erecipe September 2, 2011 at 2:47 am

oh I love this green tomato salsa… this on the first time I read such kind of sauce I usually use red tomato. =)

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Red tomato salsa is great too, but tomatillo salsa is definitely my favorite.

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet September 2, 2011 at 4:44 am

This is one of my favorite salsas. Love it!

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Thanks, Jessica.

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5 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) September 2, 2011 at 5:06 am

Love tomatillo salsa, and it makes a great base for my slow cooker green chile chicken recipe. Next year, I’m going to put a plant in my tomato garden.

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

That sounds wonderful, Lydia. I’m going to look for that recipe on your blog.

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7 Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook September 2, 2011 at 6:19 am

If you saw how often we eat salsa and quac in our home you’d think we had an addiction. This recipe is not going to help things (fine by me!)

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I hear you. Guacamole and salsa are some of our favorite quick snacks.

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9 Dana September 2, 2011 at 6:24 am

While I can’t say that I like cold weather… or football… I definitely like the sound of this fresh salsa!

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm

One out of three isn’t bad! ;)

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11 Katrina September 2, 2011 at 8:15 am

This sounds so yummy! I’ve seen this green salsa at a few Mexican restaurants over the years and love the way it tastes. Now I can make it thanks to you! Yay!

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I always choose the tomatillo salsas over the tomato salsas at Mexican restaurants. There’s just something about that taste.

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13 Belinda @zomppa September 2, 2011 at 8:17 am

I am so with you. Even though I live now in the heat heat heat, my comfort zone is not the heat heat heat. I love crisp days, a thick sweater and a mug of warm goodness in my hands. And a bowl of this salsa.

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

It sounds like we have the same internal thermostat. All of those things you described sound wonderful to me.

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15 Pretend Chef September 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

Yummy!

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Thank you.

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17 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles September 2, 2011 at 9:02 am

It’s been so long since I’ve cooked with tomatillos, and I have yet to roast them. This sounds so very good!!

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18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Thanks, Brenda. Roasting them mellows out the acidity a bit and adds a depth to the salsa.

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19 Kitty September 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

I love beautiful fall days too! I live in Bellingham, Wa, not far from your hometown. I am just starting to see some of the color changes. Love it! And that salsa verde looks mighty fine.

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20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Bellingham is one of my favorite towns – we’ve visited several times and were even considering moving there at one point. It sounds as though it’s beautiful right now.

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21 Maris (In Good Taste) September 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

I love tomatillo salsa! I made one recently that was fantastic.

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22 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Thanks, Maris. It’s one of our favorites, too.

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23 Deborah September 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

I left my bedroom window open last night, and it actually got a bit chilly! Fall is definitely in the air.

Those tomatillos are gorgeous! I love tomatillo salsa, and this one sounds amazing.

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24 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

We had our windows open last night too, Deborah. Isn’t it great?

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25 Bev Weidner September 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

I am SO with you. I lived in NM and used to not mind the heat. But now, in my mid 30′s, I do the rubber chicken if it gets over 85. me = sissy.

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26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Ha! The rubber chicken is a great way to describe it.

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27 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme September 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I do love tomatillo salsa. Much more than tomato salsa. But I’ve never tried to make it myself because I didn’t have a good recipe. Now I do!

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28 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I hope you have a chance to try it, Lana.

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29 MikeVFMK September 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Dara, this salsa verde is fantastic! And, like you, I long for September and the start of cooler temperatures. I’m so glad it’s almost here! Have fun with all that college football on now and enjoy this salsa with your family!

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30 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

The first batch of salsa is already gone, but we’re planning to pick up another batch of tomatillos from our favorite farm stand this weekend.

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31 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Nice take on salsa. I’ve never tasted tomatillo’s before. Wonder how much of difference to they taste, in comparison to regular tomatoes :)

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32 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Kiran, they have more tang and acidity than tomatoes. The taste in salsa is fantastic.

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33 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} September 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I can honestly say I have never cooked with tomatillos but have always wanted to! Every year when we plant our garden my hubby asks me if this is the year to plant tomatillos and always say…ummm, no. Well, next year baby! I can’t wait to try this simple and beautiful salsa! You have made my hubby very happy!

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34 Nutmeg Nanny September 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm

This looks delicious! My boyfriend loves salsa verde….I will have to make it for him!

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35 kankana September 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I really should make this salsa. It looks so yummy and love the color too. This weekend I am going to Utah and I am hoping not to get burnt in the heat while walking around the parks :)

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36 Sprigs of Rosemary September 3, 2011 at 6:44 am

I just made a salsa with tomatillos and I wish I would have thought of roasting them first! Looks just great. And I’m right there with you about September — absolutely my favorite month (except for knowing what’s coming later.)

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37 Drick September 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

how cool is this, perfect food for watching games and tailgating – a great party food… and one of my favorite flavors too… just love it

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38 Aggie September 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

I am absolutely making this for niece’s bday party tomorrow. I love tomatillos and September with all my heart.

This looks so delicious!

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39 a spoonful of yumm September 3, 2011 at 9:56 am

love the recipe…perfect dip for many foods !! yummm :D

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40 Robin @ Blommi September 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

Hmmm…. wonder if this would work with green tomatoes… now those I have plenty of.

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41 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 5, 2011 at 8:53 am

Robin, you can certainly make a salsa out of green tomatoes, but the flavor won’t be the same as tomatillos. Tomatillos are actually from a different family of fruits than tomatoes. Green tomatoes, in general, are less juicy than tomatillos so you’d probably want to roast them longer and perhaps add some extra liquid.

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42 Liz September 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

Just a gorgeous salsa…I’m not sure if I’ve ever had this! Another tempting recipe to try~

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43 KalynsKitchen September 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

Love, love, love this!! Wish I had tomatillos this year.

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44 HeatherChristo September 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

This looks great! I love tomatillo’s!

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45 Katherine Martinelli September 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I haven’t seen tomatillos near me and I am so bummed because this looks so good! Will just have to wait until I’m back in the States to make this.

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46 Becky at Vintagemixer September 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm

The Tomatillo Salsa that I just made was almost identical except I didn’t roast mine. I think I’ll try roasting it next time.

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47 claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend September 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Ok here is one for me to try perfect for anytime of the year. I especially like this color for the upcoming holidays too!

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48 foodwanderings September 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Oh dara you tomatillo salsa verde looks heavenly. I never find nice firm healthy looking tomatillos in their husks, so I ended up making sone with green heirloom tomatoes. Love the deep green of your salsa.

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49 Donna September 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

This looks so flavorful – Happy Beginning of September to You!

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50 Diane {Created by Diane} September 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

oh Dara that looks so fantastic. I just used a tomatillo for the first time the other day. I had eaten them, but never prepare anything with them. Great flavor, will have to give you salsa a try :)

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51 Barbara | Creative Culinary September 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Love this…almost identical to what I make except for one thing. You show it served with chips…sometimes I just serve it to me with a spoon. Can I call it tomatillo soup I wonder? :)

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52 zerrin September 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I wish we had tomatillo here in Turkey too! This salsa looks so appetizing!

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53 Marla September 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Oh I love a great tomatillo salsa! Great recipe Dara. Also fun to read about your favorite time of year…mine too :) xo

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54 Feast on the Cheap September 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Nothing makes homemade salsa – I make Salsa Verde all the time. Best. Snack. Ever.

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55 Sarah@TheCyclist'sWife September 4, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Yum. I saw tomatillo’s at the Farmer’s Market this morning but I wasn’t sure what to do with them, now I wish I would have bought some! Hopefully they’re there again next week!

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56 Frank September 5, 2011 at 8:17 am

I just love green sauce, even better than ‘salsa’ in fact. I usually boil the tomatillos but I can imagine that roasting gives them even deeper flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

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57 Maureen September 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

This salsa looks magical. The photos are so good I could dip one of those chips in right now.

Glad your days will be cooler soon – our summer is on the way!

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58 Guava September 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

This looks so beautiful I could definitely become addicted. Such “appealing” pictures. The heat from this will help to keep you cool.

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59 Jennifer (Savor) September 5, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I do adore fall but to be honest, since winter lasted 6 months and our summer weather was 2 months, I would love to have another month of summer.

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60 Jeanette September 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I’ve only had tomatillo salsa in the restaurants – never cooked with tomatillos before, but would to try this recipe!

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61 Magic of Spice September 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

That salsa looks so wonderful! I generally do mine raw but have wanted to try a roasted version…love the depth :)

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62 DessertForTwo September 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I’m SO with you. I was used to the heat in Texas, but now that I’ve grown accustomed to the cooler California weather, anything over 90 is unbearable.
But this salsa, by the way, is my favorite way to beat the heat! I froze a bunch of tomatillos last year, so I need to make this!

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63 Monet September 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

Ryan loves tomatillo salsa (and I like it quite a bit too!) Thanks for sharing with me. My breakfast tastes a bit better as I imagine how tasty this dip must be with chips! I hope you are having a beautiful day.

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64 Kathy - Panini Happy September 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Oh my goodness, I just love a good salsa verde! I could eat this whole bowl, it looks so good. :-)

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65 Heather October 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I just made this salsa. It took less than 30 minutes (including husking), and it is delicious. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

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66 Stefani November 23, 2011 at 1:22 am

Your recipe sounds delicious. I have only made homemade salsa once and it is one of my favorite appetizers!

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