Made with roasted tomatillos, this homemade salsa verde is zesty, spicy, and bright. It's SO much better than store-bought. Pass the tortilla chips!
Try this homemade salsa verde recipe once, and you’ll never get the store-bought kind again. It calls for a short list of fresh ingredients: tomatillos, serrano chiles, garlic, onion, cilantro, and lime. They give it an amazing zesty, tangy, bright, and spicy flavor that’ll have you scooping it up with chip after chip (after chip). And speaking of all those chips, another reason I love THIS tomatillo salsa vs. tomatillo salsa from a jar is its amazing texture. It’s thick and silky, which means that it’ll coat a dipped tortilla chip (or even a batch of enchiladas)—no watery salsa verde here!
My inspiration for this recipe came from the many, many salsas I tried during our years in Austin. They taught me just how flavorful homemade salsa could be, and they got me curious about making my own. I hope this recipe does the same for you. Once you start making your own tomatillo salsa verde, you won’t look back!
Salsa Verde Recipe Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this salsa verde recipe:
- Tomatillos – You might think they’re just green tomatoes, but fun fact: they’re not! Like tomatoes, tomatillos are in the nightshade family, but they’re actually a type of ground cherry. Their bright green skin is covered in a sticky coating, which is surrounded by a papery husk. Their flavor is super-tangy, which gives this salsa a delicious kick.
- Onion and garlic – For sweet/savory depth of flavor.
- Jalapeño or serrano peppers – For heat. Add more or less depending on your spice tolerance.
- Avocado oil – Or another neutral oil, for richness.
- Fresh lime juice – For bright, zesty flavor.
- Cilantro – It adds refreshing flecks of green.
- And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!
Find the complete recipe with measurements below.
How to Make Salsa Verde
The first step in this homemade salsa verde recipe is roasting the veggies. Why?
- It makes the tomatillos softer, sweeter, and juicier.
- It gives everything a little char, which adds depth of flavor to the salsa.
Remove the husks from the tomatillos and rinse to remove the stickiness. Pat them dry and place them on a baking sheet. Peel and chop the onion into big chunks. Add it to the baking sheet along with the whole peppers. Drizzle the veggies with oil and season them with salt.
Wrap the (unpeeled) garlic in a piece of foil with a drizzle of oil. Place it on the baking sheet too!
Roast in a 450°F oven until the tomatillos are juicy and browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Next, blend the salsa. Unwrap and peel the garlic, and remove the stems from the peppers. Place both in a food processor with the tomatillos, onion, avocado oil, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Process until combined.
Note: If you’re sensitive to spice, I would start by adding just 1 pepper (or even 1/2!) to the food processor. It’s much easier to add more to taste than to take it out!
Finally, taste and adjust. The really fun thing about making homemade salsa is that you can make it just how you like it! If it’s too thick, blend in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency. If you want it brighter, add more lime juice. Not enough salt? Mix in another pinch.
When you can’t stop eating it straight from the food processor, it’s just right.
How to Use Tomatillo Salsa Verde
But that’s just one of many ways to use this zesty green salsa. Here are a few more of my favorites:
- Add it to veggie tacos, or set it out at your next taco bar.
- Top it onto nachos.
- Spoon it over a burrito bowl.
- Use it as a green sauce for enchiladas. Try the Zucchini Verde Vegan Enchiladas on page 157 of Love & Lemons Every Day!
- Or eat it for breakfast! Serve it alongside migas, a tofu scramble, breakfast burrito, or Southwestern omelette.
How do you like to use roasted tomatillo salsa? Let me know in the comments!
More Favorite Salsas and Dips
If you love this tomatillo salsa verde recipe, try one of these homemade dips or salsas next:
- Homemade Salsa
- Pico de Gallo
- Best Guacamole
- Easy Mango Salsa
- Pineapple Salsa
- Avocado Salsa
- Best Bean Dip
- Or any of these 35 Best Dip Recipes!
Tomatillo Salsa Verde
- 9 medium tomatillos
- 1 small yellow onion, cut into large chunks
- 1 to 2 serrano or jalapeño peppers*
- 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1¼ teaspoons sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
- tortilla chips, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove the husks from the tomatillos and rinse to remove the stickiness. Pat dry and place on the baking sheet with the onion and peppers. Drizzle with avocado oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat. Wrap the garlic cloves in a piece of foil with a drizzle of oil and add to the baking sheet. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tomatillos are juicy and browned.
- Remove the garlic from the foil and peel it. Remove the stems from the peppers.
- In a food processor, place the tomatillos, onion, peppers, garlic, avocado oil, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Process until combined. If the salsa is too thick, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach your desired consistency. Season to taste and serve.
- Store leftover salsa in the fridge for up to 5 days.