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Have you ever tried a tomatillo? Until I moved to California over a decade ago I had never seen, let alone tried, one before (unless you count a taste of jarred tomatillo salsa). Sometimes referred to as green tomatoes and most frequently found in Mexican cuisine, not only are tomatillos beautiful, but they’re also delicious and now growing in My Own Edible Garden!

One of our favorite Mexican restaurants makes the most incredible fresh tomatillo salsa that hubby, the kids and I all adore, so I figured why not make my own version to serve alongside chips or over grilled fish or chicken. There’s just something about this salsa’s fresh taste that makes it the perfect accompaniment to almost any summertime meal.

Once you start making this simple recipe, I bet you’ll be like me and wonder why you’ve been buying your salsa in a can or jar all these years!


Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

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Servings: 1.5 cups
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 10 tomatillos, husked and rinsed, about 1 pound
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1 Small Onion, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro, packed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt


  • Preheat oven broiler.
  • Place tomatillos, garlic cloves and onion chunks on a foil-lined baking sheet and place on the middle rack of the oven. Broil for 10 minutes, remove and set aside to cool.
  • Once cooled, place all of the ingredients into a food processor and puree.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or over grilled fish or chicken.


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. First, thank you so much for this recipe! I love green salsa! Second, I found that adding jalapeños took away the sweetness and added the “kick” I’m used to with my Mexican food. Although, omitting the jalapeños is a must since it’s for the kiddos, but my older kids (12 and 10) love spicy foods!

  2. This is a grandma that loves making your recipes for grandkids. Is it possible for you to include a picture when you the print the recipes?

  3. We absolutely crave homemade tomatillo salsa in our house. There’s a mexican restaurant in Corpus Christi, TX that serves chips and a tomatillo salsa that is blended with avocado to make it creamy. I could drink the stuff! My husband and I used to fight over the bowl of dip! Finally we told them to stop bringing the “red stuff” and bring extra green!

  4. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks amazing – made some last year, much chunkier….I think the wee ones will prefer this!

  5. So, I made this salsa on Friday. While my friends and husband all said it was “okay” I didn’t really like it. It tasted sweet! I followed the directions. Can you figure what I did wrong? Or are tomatillos sweet if they aren’t ripe enough or something? I had never bought them before, so I may not have gotten the ripest ones. I just grabbed what they had available at Vallarta. I even added extra garlic and salt after tasting it, but it was still sweet. I normally LOVE roasted tomatillo salsa, and it was so easy to make. I’m just not a fan of sweet salsas and I’ve never had sweet tomatillo salsa. I must have done something wrong! Can you figure it out?

  6. Wow! That sounds so easy. I’m making fish tacos Friday. I’m going to make this to go along with them. Thanks!

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