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One of my favorite salsas is traditional Mexican salsa verde. You may be familiar with this salsa without even knowing what the tomatillos look like. They are small, green, and sticky fruits that are covered by a thin “husk.” While they are often confused as a variation of a tomato, however they stand alone in their uniqueness. Salsa verde is an easy, flavorful, and exciting addition to dishes of all kinds while also being freezable, my very favorite trick of the trade to always having fresh and healthy meals.
Mexican Salsa Verde
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 4 large husk-free tomatillos about 1-1.5 lb
- 1 half white or yellow onion cooked
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1/4-1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4+ tsp salt
- 1 large handful cilantro about 1 packed cup
- 1/2-1 jalapeno or serrano – seeds removed
- 1/4 cup toasted pepitas
- Juice of 1 lime optional
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano if desired optional (regular FRESH oregano works ok too!)
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup (if needed)
- Wash all of your ingredients and peel the tomatillo husk away from the fruit. If you're able to wash your cilantro the night prior, I always recommend this to be able to dry properly if you're choosing to use it fresh in other dishes.
- Dice your tomatillos, jalapeno, & onions and cook onions until caramelized.
- While the onions cook, add your pepitas to a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Once removed, allow them to cool.
- Once your onions have cooked fully, add your tomatillos and jalapeno. Cover and cook on medium until the tomatoes have become more translucent and a liquid base has been achieved.
- Once your mixture is more of a liquid base, add in your garlic cloves and leave uncovered until the desired reduction has occurred. I like to let it simmer for another 10 minutes uncovered.
- Once fragrant, turn off your heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Add water if necessary and pulse with other ingredients until well combined. It is unlikely for water to be needed. Sugar may be necessary to offset kick. I like using maple syrup if needed.
Something to remember with this delicious Mexican salsa verde is that it’s the perfect make-ahead salsa for your next party. It’s able to be frozen and defrosts perfectly, or heats to create a restaurant-style meal addition.
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