Tomatillo Salsa Verde


Growing up we always had a choice of two kinds of salsa - a red tomato salsa which we made from scratch, and a salsa verde, or green salsa, which we got from a bottle (Victoria brand). As a kid I always thought that green salsa was made from green tomatoes, but actually it is made with a Mexican variation of a tomato, the tomatillo (pronounced "toe-mah-tee-yo"), which looks like a little green tomato covered with a husk. Here's a quick and easy recipe for making Salsa Verde. It's delicious!


  1 1/2 pound        tomatillos

    1/2 cup          white onion, chopped

    1/2 cup          cilantro leaves

      1 Tablespoon   fresh lime juice

    1/4 teaspoon     sugar

      2              jalapeņo peppers, stemmed, seeded and chopped

                     salt to taste


1.  Remove papery husks from tomatillos and rinse well.  Cut in half and place cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Place under a broiler for about 5-7 minutes to lightly blacken the skin.


2.  Place tomatillos, lime juice, onions, cilantro, Jalapeņo peppers, sugar in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed.  Season to taste with salt.  Cool in refrigerator.


Serve with chips or as a salsa accompaniment to Mexican dishes.


Makes 3 cups.