Tomatillo Salsa

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This tomatillo salsa is a delicious, healthy alternative to store-bought salsa verde. It's an easy recipe full of flavor and vegetables.

Trader Joe’s sells a delicious green salsa called “Salsa Verde.” Tangy tomatillos are a great complement to any Mexican dish, and they are the base ingredient in the Salsa Verde. When I get tomatillos from my farm share, I make my own tomatillo salsa. This recipe is adapted from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving, but I don’t bother canning my batch because we go through it quickly. It’s very simple to prepare, and it makes a great snack with tortilla chips. If you prefer the classic “salsa verde” green color, substitute a green pepper for the red pepper.

Tomatillo Salsa

This tomatillo salsa is so delicious and tangy!
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:25 mins


  • 1 lb chopped tomatillos husks removed
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green chili pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbs lime juice


  • Place all ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  • Heat 3 half-pint jars by filling them with hot water. Empty the water from the jars and then fill them with the hot salsa.
  • If canning, follow safe canning guidelines and process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.
  • If you’re not going through the canning process, refrigerate the salsa until ready to serve.


Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 21kcal
Cost: $1.07 per cup

Tomatillo Salsa Price Breakdown

This recipe yields 3 half-pints of salsa for a total cost of $3.20, or $1.07 per half-pint.  The Trader Joe’s version would cost $3.98 for the same amount of salsa, but I prefer my homemade recipe. It comes out thicker than Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde, and I like the sweetness that the addition of red pepper brings to the homemade version.


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