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Salsa Verde {Fire Roasted}

Bright and tangy with a hint of smokiness, this fire roasted salsa verde recipe is sure to please. This amazing tomatillo based green salsa is a family favorite.

Salsa verde is surprisingly easy to make. The short list of ingredients includes: tomatillos, jalapeño peppers, onion, garlic, cumin, lime, and cilantro. With a blender doing almost all the work, this takes just minutes to prepare!

fire roasted salsa verde hero shot

We prefer to roast our tomatillos in order to get the added smokey flavor. Tomatillos are high in pectin, so salsa verde will thicken as it cools. If it gets too thick, just thin it out by adding some water. The other variable is how hot (spicy) you like your salsa. Jalapeño peppers can vary on their heat levels, so be sure to use an amount that you are comfortable with.

Why This Recipe Works?

  • An amazing sauce that goes great with chips, quesadillas, nachos, eggs, and more!
  • A simple recipe with just a few primary ingredients.
  • Takes minutes to prepare.
  • Make ahead recipe that can be stored for up to 3-4 days.
  • Kids friendly.
  • Easily available Ingredients.
  • You can control the heat level to your desire.
  • The Best Salsa Verde ever!!
second hero shot of salsa verde

Ingredients

This recipe uses super easy ingredients that can be purchased from a local grocery store if they are not already in your pantry. Read the Recipe Card for the measurements.

  • Tomatillos – Fresh tomatillos have a unique flavor that is tart, bright and almost citrusy. We prefer to roast the tomatillos, as this makes them a little sweeter and lose some of their tartness. Tomatillos are also high in pectin, which naturally will make your salsa verde a bit thicker. Use water to thin it out a bit if necessary.
  • Jalapeño Peppers – This is where we get our heat for this recipe. Spiciness can vary widely among individual peppers so be sure to taste your salsa verde while preparing it and adjust the heat level to your liking.
  • Red Onion – Adds some color along with a nice mild flavor.
  • Cilantro – Adds a fresh and citrusy flavor to this dish. Some people do complain that cilantro tastes “soapy”, if you are one of the unfortunate few this happens to, feel free to leave out.
  • Garlic – We prefer our garlic to be minced as that releases more of the spicy flavor from this incredibly healthy herb. Garlic’s health benefits are well established and we incorporate it into as many recipes as possible.
  • Cumin – Adds depth to this salsa with warm, earthy, smokey notes.
  • Lime Juice – The lime juice adds a citrus punch to the sauce while helping to thin it out.
salsa verde ingredients

Step 1: Preheat Oven

  • Preheat your oven’s broiler or if you prefer you can use a gas grill.

Step 2: Prep It

  • Remove the papery husk from the tomatillos.
remove husks from salsa verde
  • Give them a good rinse in some vegetable wash to remove the sticky residue. Occasionally, the sticky stuff might be stubborn to remove and in that case you can wipe them down with a little white vinegar.
clean the tomatillos thoroughly

Step 3: Roast It

  • Line a baking sheet with foil and add tomatillos and jalapeño.
  • Place the baking sheet a few inches below the broiler and roast for 4-5 minutes until the tomatillos start to char or become blackened in some spots. Flip everything over and roast for an additional 4-5 minutes.
roast the tomatillos and jalapeno
  • The tomatillos and jalapeño should be blistered with splotchy black spots. Once cool enough to handle, remove any hard stems, ribs or seeds from the jalapeño to reduce the spiciness and give a rough chop. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling. 
remove seeds and pits from jalapeno

Step 4: Blend It

  • In a food processor or blender add the rest of your ingredients; red onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, cumin, and salt along with the tomatillos, jalapeño (start with half of the pepper and add more based on your heat preference) and any of the juices from the baking sheet.
blend all the ingredients together
  • Blend to a course puree and add 1/4 cup of water to thin out the salsa. Since jalapeños vary in spiciness, taste the sauce and increase the heat (add more jalapeño) if desired.
blend to a course puree

Step 5: Serve It

Scoop into a bowl and serve with your favorite tortilla chips, of course! While great with chips, this salsa can go with almost everything – from tacos and quesadillas, to grilled meats and fish, and even eggs!

enjoy salsa verde with chips

You can also try this salsa verde with our Pan-Fried Fish Tacos, Baked Plantains, and even Baked Tofu.

Salsa Verde {Fire Roasted}

Salsa Verde {Fire Roasted}

Yield: 2 1/2 Cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Bright and tangy with a hint of smokiness, this fire roasted salsa recipe is sure to please. This amazing tomatillo based green salsa is a family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb tomatillos (about 10-12 small to medium sized)
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, firmly packed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (1/2 of a lime)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven's broiler. Remove the papery husk from the tomatillos.
  2. Rinse the tomatillos in vegetable wash to remove the sticky residue. Use a little white vinegar if necessary.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and add tomatillos and jalapeno. Place the baking sheet a few inches below the broiler and roast for 4-5 minutes until the tomatillos start to char or become blackened in some spots. Flip everything over and roast for an additional 4-5 minutes until the tomatillos and jalapeno are blistered with splotchy black spots.
  4. Once cool enough to handle, remove any hard stems, ribs or seeds from the jalapeno to reduce the spiciness and give a rough chop. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling. 
  5. In a food processor or blender add the rest of your ingredients; red onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, cumin, and salt along with the tomatillos, jalapeno (start with half of the pepper) and any of the juices from the baking sheet.
  6. Blend to a course puree and add 1/4 cup of water to thin out the salsa. Since jalapenos vary in spiciness, taste the sauce and increase the heat (add more jalapeno) if desired.
  7. Scoop into a bowl and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 3.5 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 32Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g
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