Friday, June 2, 2017

Salsa Verde

  • 2 pounds green tomatillos
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 serrano chiles or more to taste
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and upper stems 
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped white onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil


Peel the husks off and since the tomatillos.  Then place them, along with the garlic cloves and chiles, in a pot and add enough water to cover. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the tomatillos change in color from bright green to a pale green, are cooked through, and are soft, but are not coming apart.

Transfer the tomatillos, garlic, chile (you may want add only 1 chile at first), and 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid to a blender and puree until smooth. Incorporate the cilantro leaves, onion and salt and process again. Taste for salt and add more if need be. Also taste for heat, you may add the other chile in pieces until you reach your desired heat level.

In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, pour the oil. Once hot, pour in the salsa verde, bring to a simmer and cook for 6 to 8 minutes until it thickens a bit and deepens its flavor and color. Turn off the heat.

Allow to cool to room temperature and serve. Or, once it cools down, you may store it in a closed container in the refrigerator for weeks.

Myrtle's Note:  I have never made salsa and I do not eat salsa.  So, when looking for a recipe, I thought to use one of Pati Jinich.  I chose the salsa verde, because I thought that might be my sister's favorite.  For the "heat,"  I used 1 and 1/2 chilies.  My guests LOVED this!

Yield:  2 cups