Smooth Salsa Verde Recipe

Smooth Salsa Verde
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 20 mins | Active Time: | Makes: About 2 cups

This easy tomatillo salsa has a pleasant kick of heat. Try spooning it on Tequila Shrimp and Asadero Quesadillas or Carne Asada.

Game plan: If you prefer a more mild salsa, seed and devein the chiles first.

This recipe was featured as part of our Tamales for the Holidays project.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pound tomatillos, papery skins removed
  • 3 serrano chiles, stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place tomatillos in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until tomatillos just give way when pierced with a knife but aren’t falling apart, about 10 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Place tomatillos and remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until almost smooth (do not overblend or the salsa will be thin and watery). You may need to stop the blender and smash down the tomatillos with a rubber spatula to get the blades moving.
  3. Place the salsa in a container with a tightfitting lid and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. The salsa will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.