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Authentic Mexican Salsa Verde

Salsas are always present at a typical Mexican dinner table. There are all kinds, colors, flavors, and varying degrees of spiciness. They can be used as a sauce to add to a dish like tacos or to cook other dishes.


  • 13 tomatillos
  • ¼ medium white onion
  • 8-10 cilantro sprigs
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1. Peel the tomatillos and wash them with water.
  • 2. Place the tomatillos and onion in a pan with a little boiling water and blanch for about 3 minutes.
  • 3. While the tomatillos and onion are cooking, place the cilantro, garlic, and jalapeno pepper in a blender.
  • 4. Drain the tomatillos and onion mixture and add to the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend to your desired consistency.
  • 5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. Oven roasted or raw tomatillos also work well for this recipe.
  • 2. Serrano, poblano, habanero and other fresh chili peppers can be substituted for the jalapeno peppers or omit entirely if you prefer a mild salsa.
  • 3. If you don’t like the flavor of cilantro you can omit it from this recipe.
  • 4. Try adding lime juice for an extra fresh taste.

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