Tomatillo Salsa

I love a green salsa. If I get to choose between red and green… I go for green everytime. I love the tart, herby, spiciness of them. Don’t get me wrong I love a tomato based salsa as much as the next girl, but tomatillo salsa… well that has my heart!  You can’t make chilaquiles of any kind, nevermind paleo chilaquiles without salsa. My preference is a  smooth tomatillo salsa made in the simplest way possible, just simmer and blend! This recipe is simple to make and not very hot at all (depending on your peppers of course!). In the Yucatan this would include some habanero, but I prefer this version with serranos instead.

If you have never made your own salsa, let me reassure you. You are basically chucking everything into a sauce pan to simmer and then you are chucking it all in the blender. It does not get much easier than this. I know its pretty easy to buy a jar of tomatillo salsa, but this fresh version is tastier and as a bonus, you get to skip all the nasty preservatives they usually add to keep it shelf stable.

Tomatillos and Serranos for Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

A simple and easy tomatillo salsa. Perfect for chilaquiles!


  • 4-6 Tomatillos
  • 1 Serrano pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro
  • 1/2 Onion, white or yellow
  • 2 tbs Avocado oil
  • Salt, Kosher


  1. Remove the husk from your tomatillos and rinse to remove the sticky film
  2. Place the tomatillos, whole serrano, and garlic clove in a sauce pan full of water and simmer on low heat until the tomatillos and serrano are soft.

Once they are soft, add 1/3 cup of the water (reserve the rest for now) to the blender along with the peppers, tomatillos and garlic.

  1. Roughly chop onion and add to blender
  2. Add cilantro to blender, stems and all
  3. Put the cover of the blender on but leave the cap in the middle off, cover with a kitchen towel and blend until smooth. Be careful here, the ingredients are hot. Add more liquid if needed to get the consistency you want in the salsa.
  4. Taste and add salt until flavor is balanced
  5. Heat the avocado oil in a skillet and then add mixture from the blender into the pan and cook 5-10 minutes until the flavor of the salsa becomes less raw and more rounded. Add salt to taste if needed.

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