Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

This chile pepper gets its name from its origin. In Spanish, serrano is an adjective meaning “from the mountains” which is where it originated-in the mountains of Hildalgo, Mexico. The serrano is normally about twice as hot as Jalapeno (about 10,000 to 15,000 Scoville units). It is the second most popular chile pepper in Mexico. This chile is used mostly for salsas but can also be used in soups, sauces, chili or stews. Try these as a hotter substitute for Jalapeno.

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1 lb tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and roughly chopped
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 serrano chili, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp salt


Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and puree. Great with tortilla chips or with chicken.

Makes about 2 cups.