Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Source: Modified from a recipe at Produce for Better Health Foundation

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Servings per recipe: 5

This tangy Mexican salsa features roasted tomatillos, jalapeño peppers and fresh herbs. Serve with baked tortilla chips and vegetable sticks or try this as a dressing on your salad!

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7 medium tomatillos
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
1 medium tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon lime or lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt


Cutting board and sharp knife, measuring cups and spoons, baking sheet with sides, large mixing bowl, fork or potato masher


  1. Preheat broiler to 425 degrees F.
  2. Remove tomatillo husks, rinse under running water then wipe to remove stickiness.
  3. Place tomatillos in a single layer on a baking sheet with sides.
  4. Broil until slightly charred, turning once, about 7-8 minutes.
  5. Cool on baking sheet.
  6. Place tomatillos with juice in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add remaining ingredients and mash with a fork or potato masher into a chunky pureé.
  8. Chill for at least an hour to allow flavors to blend.
  9. Adjust seasoning as needed.


For a smoother consistency, salsa may be pureed using a blender.

Serve with baked tortilla chips or vegetable sticks. For a twist, try dressing your salad with a few spoonfuls of salsa or use as a topping for enchiladas or tacos!

This salsa freezes well - store in smaller containers and defrost as needed!

More About Tomatillos

How to Select

Look for dry, hard tomatillos with tightly fitting husks that are dry and free of mold.

How to Store

Refrigerate tomatillos in a plastic bag with some air holes or in an open container in the crisper drawer for 2-3 weeks. Freeze: Slice or keep whole, pack in containers and freeze.

How to Prepare

Remove outer skin. Rinse in cold water. Roast, grill, bake, sauté, or stir-fry. Chop into small pieces and add raw to Mexican sauces. Blanch and add to salads. Cook with other vegetables or meat in Mexican dishes.