Salsa Verde

March 30, 2009

The fond for tacos and enchiladas, salsa verde is premised upon the native Mexican fruit called the tomatillo, a berry which has both earthy and tart qualities. Referred to as the green tomato (tomate verde, among other descriptors), tomatillos are a staple in Mexico…a sophisticated, yet much underestimated, culinary world.

Tacos will soon follow.


12 medium fresh tomatillos, husks removed and rinsed
3 jalapeño chilies, stemmed, not seeded
8 sprigs cilantro, roughly chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 plump garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 T canola oil
2 C chicken broth
Sea salt

Boil the tomatillos and chilies in salted water for 15 minutes; drain. Place the cooked tomatillos and chilies, cilantro, onion, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until roughly smooth, slightly textural.

Heat the oil in medium heavy skillet over moderately high heat. Pour the tomatillo mixture into the pan and stir for 5 minutes or so, until it thickens. Add the broth, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until it reduces and thickens, about 10-15 minutes. Salt to your preference.

Refrigerated, it keeps 3-4 days.

Pourboire: if in a time pinch, you can omit the cooking step for the tomatillos or used canned tomatillos, drained.


One Response to “Salsa Verde”

  1. matt Says:

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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