Appetizer | April 24, 2019

Your Favorite Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

One of the best things is a good tangy green salsa…or you can call it salsa verde, or around our house we call it roasted tomatillo salsa. Whether just dipping chips, over steak tacos, or marinating chicken in it.. I love it. And it’s incredibly simple to make at home.

jar of green salsa


here are what you need to make this green salsa recipe. I love how simple this recipe is, and it doesn’t take a ton of ingredients.

  1. tomatillos
  2. cilantro
  3. jalapeno
  4. lime
  5. garlic
  6. seasonings (salt, cumin)

ingredients shown for tomatillo salsa lime, cumin salt, cilantro


Tomatillos are delicious tangy and prime ingredient for this salsa. They are in the same family as a tomato but taste and feel so different. You can usually find them by the tomatoes but sometimes they can also be by the peppers. Let me give you some pro-tips on picking the best tomatillos:

  • Look for tomatillos with husks that have burst. When tomatillos are full grown and ripe their husks burst!
  • Deep or bright green color without splotches or lightening patches.
  • Skin should be nice and firm! if shriveled or looks dried out don’t buy it.


To get your tomatillos ready for the salsa you will need to peel off and discard the husk or flaky peel around the tomatillo fruit. You will notice the fruit will be quite sticky. To remove this sticky film simply rinse off the tomatillos. I like to use my hands and gently rub the surface helping the film to completely rinse off.

A green tomatillo tomato in it's skin


While you totally can eat a raw tomatillo most choose not to. Cooking a tomatillo will alter its flavor from strongly tart to a nice sweet tangy flavor. I love to roast all of my vegetables for this salsa. It helps to enhance all the flavors while adding a nice smokiness to it.

Lay your onion (quarter) washed tomatillos, jalapeño on the baking sheet. You can even add your garlic, just be cautious not to burn it.

ingredients on baking sheet lined with foil

Place close under your broiler and broil for about 5-7 minutes. Once that side has started to blacken flip and roast the other side for another 5-7 minutes.

roasted and blackened veggies on cooking sheet.


After you have broiled your delicious ingredients you’ll see lots of  JUICE on your cooking sheet from the veggies. DO NOT DISCARD the juice. Oh that stuff has so much flavor. Dump it allll into your blender.

roasted vegetables in blender

Now add your cilantro, salts and seasonings + garlic into the blender. Blend until its nice and smooth!

green salsa blended in blender

Let the salsa cool to room temperature and then chill or serve!

chips and salsa


There are so many ways to use this salsa aside for a dip!

Try it for a chicken marinade, or make this Tomatillo chicken Recipe!

chip dipping into salsa

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jar of green salsa
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A super easy and delicious roasted tomatillo salsa that's perfect for tacos, nachos, burritos and more!

Course: condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Green Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa
Servings: 6
Calories: 18 kcal
Author: Aubrey
  • 6-7 medium Tomatillos
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 + tsp Salt
  • 1 Large handful of Cilantro
  1. set oven to broil

  2. Remove husks from tomatillos and wash to remove sticky residue.
  3. Place tomatillos, jalapeño, onion on cookie sheet lined with silicone baking mat or foil.

  4. Roast for 15mins, turning every 5-7 mins.

  5. When done/softened and slightly charred, remove from oven allow to cool slightly.
  6. Place in blender with remaining ingredients.
  7. Remove seeds of jalapeño for less heat.
  8. Puree til smooth.
  9. Pour into container and allow to sit until at room temperature. Store in air tight container in fridge.

  10. Serve chilled.
Recipe Notes

Use as a dip, topping, or marinade for meat.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 18
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    1. Hmm.. I think I would work, maybe start with out adding the water. If its too thick or rich you can always add a little to dilute or thin. If the canned tomatillos are seasoned you might need to back off on the other ingredients as well. I would start with less and add more to taste! Let me know how it goes!

  1. This was delicious! I was wondering, have you tried freezing the salsa (air-tight container)? Tomatillos are in season now and it would be delicious to eat this later in the year.

    1. So glad you liked!! thanks for your comment! I haven’t tried freezing but what a good idea! I imagine it would last a few months in the freezer with a good freezer safe container. I freeze jams all the time and that’s about the length I get out of them. If you want it to last even longer and stay fresh, I would recommend canning- although that can be quite a process.