How, oh how, has it taken this long to share a salsa verde recipe? Apologies times a million, friends. Of all of the staples we’ve shared on this site, this one should have joined its ranks loooooong ago. Because it is absolutely delish.
Cards on the table, I don’t love all salsa verdes. With something like a tomato-based salsa, I’ll dive in with a chip all day every day – no matter what the recipe. But with a salsa verde, my taste buds are immensely more picky.
Sometimes it can be way too tart or bitter… With too much lime, underripe tomatillos, a heap of cilantro, or just an overall harsh, acidic taste. The answer, as we discovered, is to add a sweet and creamy component to balance that desirably tart flavor of the verde ingredients with a softer, milder taste. And that answer is avocados.
With that knowledge, perhaps you could consider it a guac/salsa verde hybrid. But the taste is incredibly heavy with tart tomatillos and lime, fully living up to the name we christened it with. And unlike a guacamole, this will keep for a good long while – the acidity of the other ingredients seems to wrap around the avocados, preventing it from turning an odd, murky brown.
The recipe is incredibly simple: tomatillos, jalapenos, avocados, limes, cilantro, salt and pepper. All in a food processor. This recipe makes a heaping bowl, but its usability goes far beyond tortilla chips. We’ve used this salsa verde as a dipping sauce for quesadillas, an enchilada sauce, a side to morning eggs, drizzled on top of piping hot tamales, and as a salad dressing. It’s never a bad idea to simply keep a jar on standby in the refrigerator at alllll times.
Again, I’m not sure how it’s taken so long to share this recipe… Long live salsa verde!!!
- 28 oz can whole tomatillos
- 4 jalapenos, roughly chopped with stems removed
- Juice of 4 limes
- 1 bunch cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
- 2 large avocados, pits removed
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Taste test for seasoning needs. Add more salt, pepper, or garlic powder as needed.