My first experience with Salsa Verde was a jar I bought at Trader Joe’s about 5 years ago. Before that I’d never even heard of a green salsa or a tomatillo. A friend of mine recommended it as a base for a chicken and white bean chili that she made which was delicious and made me a fan of it forever. Since then I have found many other uses for Salsa Verde and the best I’ve ever had is out of a taco truck in Ladson, SC. I have yet to make a batch as good as theirs but this recipe is quite tasty. It doesn’t call for roasting them beforehand, but if you do it does add a nice flavor to it. Just put the husked and washed tomatillos, onions, garlic cloves and peppers in a roasting pan and hit them under the broiler until they get roasty and a little charred. Or you can even grill all the veggies first. This recipe starts with all fresh raw veggies that get blended and cooked in a pot. I got my tomatillos from a farmer’s market but I hear they are easy to grow and next year I’m going to try it.
- 9-10lbs tomatillos husked, washed and cored
- 3 onions quartered skins removed
- 3 jalapeno peppers (remove seeds to reduce heat)
- 1 habanero pepper (remove seeds or omit altogether if you want a mild salsa)
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 bunch cilantro (washed well),
- 1 cup lime juice (lemon will also work)
- 2 Tbl dried ground cumin
- 1.5 tablespoon kosher salt (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper (or to taste)
- 4 dried & smoked chili’s – optional (can find in produce section of most grocery stores)
The easiest way to make this is to put the ingredients into a blender or food processor. I used my vitamix blender on a low setting so it wasn’t completely liquefied. You can chop all of the ingredients by hand it just gives you a chunkier salsa (not a bad thing) and takes much longer. If you use a blender, do the tomatillos first in batches and add to a large saucepan. Then blend the onion and garlic and add to pan. You can blend the peppers, lime juice, and entire bunch (cut off roots if attached but leave stems) of cilantro together and add that to the pot. Then add your salt, pepper, cumin and dried chili’s to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Ladle into hot pint jars and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Makes about 12 pints.