Salsa Verde Cruda (Raw Tomatillo Salsa)

  • Yield : about 2 cups
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 20m
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  • 9 fresh arbol chiles, or 4 to 5 serrano chiles
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 10 ounces tomatillos, husked and rinsed (see below)
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, or more to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 large lime, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 medium Hass avocado, diced, optional


Step 1

1 Chop the chiles and garlic roughly, and place in a blender jar. Blitz until mostly chopped. 

Step 2

2 Cut the tomatillos in half and add to the blender jar with the water. Liquefy until the salsa transforms into a thick, chunky sauce. 

Step 3

3 Pour into a bowl and stir in the onion and cilantro. Taste and see if you like it as is, or if you'd prefer more acidity or salt. If so, add the lime juice and taste again. Then stir in the salt and taste one more time, adding more salt, if necessary. Top with the avocado, if using, just before serving. 

Step 4

4 Salsa (minus the avocado) keeps for about a week in a sealed container in the fridge.

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