Salsa Verde II

The tomatillo is a plant of the nightshade family, related to the cape gooseberry, bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico, and are a staple of that country’s cuisine.

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  • Coarse salt
  • 12 tomatillos (about 2 1/4 pounds), husks removed, rinsed well
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh cilantro (about 1/4 bunch), stems included
  • 1 jalapeno chile, ribs and seeds discarded, flesh coarsely chopped
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper


Cook’s Note

Salsa can be refrigerated in an airtight container, up to 1 week.



  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Cook tomatillos until pale, about 5 minutes. Drain; cut each into 4 wedges. Puree tomatillos, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, and onion in a food processor.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer tomatillo mixture to a medium stockpot. Bring to a simmer over low heat; cook until thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.