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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa. Easy to make, better than purchased salsas. Can be frozen! | BoulderLocavore.com

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Salsa made with fresh seasonal ingredients is always a delicious reminder of the season's bounty. This easy salsa may be enjoyed fresh or freezes well in a freezer-proof container (leave some room at the top of the container for expansion) to enjoy later.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 1/2 cup servings (6 cups)
Calories 43kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 3 pounds Tomatillos
  • 1 large Yellow Onion onion , peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 4 Serrano Chilies
  • 2 large Jalapeno Chilies
  • 5 medium Garlic Cloves
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup fresh Cilantro
  • Optional: 1-2 small red sweet peppers (not bell peppers)


  • Preheat the broiler. Line two baking sheets with foil (or cycle the same one through two rounds of broiling.)
  • Husk the tomatillos and rinse them. Note: they have a tackiness to the skin which will not rinse off. Put the tomatillos, the chilies and the unpeeled garlic cloves on the prepared baking sheet (s).
  • Place the baking sheet(s) under the broiler checking them every few minutes until the tomatillos and chilies char (aproximately 7-10 minutes for the tomatillos and faster for the chilies). Note: if smaller chilies char before the tomatillos,, remove them while the remaining ingredients broil.
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  • Add the onions pieces to the bowl of a food processor.
  • When the tomatillos are done let them cool for just a few minutes until you can handle them and put them into the food processor bowl. 
  • Squeeze the contents of the garlic cloves out of their skin into the food processor bowl, ensuring the peel does not go into the salsa.
  • Tip: wear protective gloves when handling chilies. Remove the top of the chilies with a sharp knife and discard. Slice the length of the chiiles, open (a dining knife works well for this) and gently scrap out the seeds and inner membrane; discard scraped contents. Add the prepared chilies to the food processor.
  • Add the cilantro and salt to the food processor. Turn on the food processor and pulverize to a liquid salsa consistency.
  • Optional: to give the salsa some visual appeal if desired, add the red sweet peppers (not bell peppers) to the food processor. It breaks up the all green appearance!


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 20.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.8mg