Classic Mexican Salsa Verde
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Salsa Verde Recipe

Recipe for an authentic "salsa verde," or "green sauce," a staple in every Mexican kitchen. It is so simple to make from easy to find ingredients. You make it mild or spicy depending on how many peppers you add. You will love it. Give it a try!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: green salsa, green sauce, salsa, salsa verde, tomatillos
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 28kcal
Author: Douglas Cullen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb. tomatillos or green tomatoes
  • 1 white onion
  • 4 serrano chiles
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 12 sprigs cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt + to taste

Instructions

  • Remove the papery husks from the tomatillos and rinse to remove the sticky residue.
  • Quarter the onion.
  • Add all of the ingredients except the cilantro and salt to a large pot and just cover with water.
  • Bring the water and ingredients to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Blend the cooked ingredients and the cilantro with the cooking water until smooth. (About 30 seconds)
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in the pot.
  • Pour the blended salsa back into the pot with the hot cooking oil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the salt and adjust if necessary.

Notes

Preparation
  • Too runny? Simmer until it has reduced to the desired consistency.
  • Too thick? Add water 2 tablespoons at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Too hot or acidic? Add only one of the following to reduce heat: 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 to 2 teaspoons agave syrup.
  • Like it hot? You do not have to seed the serrano chiles. You can seed them if you want to reduce the heat of the salsa.
Substitutions
  • You can substitute jalapeño chiles for the serranos but the flavor won't be as bright but it will still be tasty.
Storage
  • The salsa will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  • This salsa freezes very well. Make a double batch so that you always have some on hand.
Other Names
  • You may also know this salsa a green salsa, green sauce, verde salsa or tomatillo salsa.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 245mg | Sugar: 3g