fresh made tortilla chips and tomatillo salsa

July 26, 2013 § 45 Comments

I learned how to make tomatillo salsa when I was a community supported agriculture  (CSA) member and receiving weekly boxes of fresh fruits and vegetable from a local farm here in the Pacific Northwest.  I remember discovering a large bag of tomatillos in my box and not knowing what to do with them.   I was familiar with salsa verde and set out to find a recipe.   By definition a tomatillo is a small green fruit, similar to a tomato, with a paper-like husk.  They are very tart in flavor and aside from salsa verde I have not experimented with them.  This is a wonderful salsa served warm with freshly made tortilla chips.


I n g r e d i e n t s 

  • 10 tomatillos, papery skins removed and washed
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • two large jalapeños, split and seed removed
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • large bunch cilantro, washed and roughly chopped
  • sea salt

M e t h o d

Remove the papery skins off of a pound of tomatillo (roughly 10 tomatillos).  Place them (whole) in a saucepan and cover with water.  Add one roughly chopped shallot, two large jalapeños (depending on your machismo) and five whole cloves of garlic.


Boil until very tender, about 7-10 minutes.  Drain out all but one cup of water and return to the pan.  Blend into a salsa consistency using a hand blender.  You may use a blender if you do not have a hand blender.  If you are using a blender start slow so the hot liquid does not splash on you.  Puree until mostly smooth.  Add a handful of cilantro and a pinch of sea salt.  Transfer to a serving bowl.  Finely chop another shallot and add to the bowl of salsa.  Stir to incorporate.


We like to eat this salsa warm, but it also keeps in the fridge.  Served with fresh homemade tortilla chips.

Tortilla Chips

  • 1 dozen good quality corn tortillas
  • at least 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt

Heat a good amount of olive oil in a non stick skillet over medium high.  Cut your tortilla’s into desired shape, fry until crisp, using tongs to turn.  Remove to paper towel, salt and let them cool.  Transfer to your serving basket or bowl.

Serves several as an appetizer.


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