Homemade Tomatillo and Cilantro Salsa

Tamatillo and Cilantro Salsa Verde with ingredients The weather has been scorching hot lately, and we at Cilantro Cooks decided it was time for another fresh and spicy Homemade Salsa.  Salsa is a great treat for hot days, because...

Tomatillo Salsa Tamatillo and Cilantro Salsa Verde
Tamatillo and Cilantro Salsa Verde with ingredients

The weather has been scorching hot lately, and we at Cilantro Cooks decided it was time for another fresh and spicy Homemade Salsa.  Salsa is a great treat for hot days, because you don't have to heat up the stove to throw it over tortilla chips, and it goes just as well over a grilled meat such as steak or chicken.

Tomatillo and Cilantro Salsa

  • 3 Tomatillos, peeled, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 a sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro diced fine
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (can use fresh or pickled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne power
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt to taste

You can either dice all your ingredients by hand, and then combine them in a bowl, or use a food processor to do the chopping for you.  Remember to process soft items and harder items separately, or your tomatoes and tomatillos will get over-processed and lose texture.

Tomatillos are great in salsa because they are a fresh, almost green-apple like sour flavor that mixes really well with the lime and cilantro. If you want the salsa to be milder, you can leave out the cayenne powder, and seed the jalapeno.  If you want the salsa to be spicier, you can substitute in a Serrano pepper or up the amount of cayenne powder.

Remember that salsa heats up even more as the flavors blend together, so add more chilis in incremental stages and taste it each time to avoid ending up with a salsa that is too spicy to eat.

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