Green salsas run the gamut on Mexico City streets. They can be boiled, pea green and soupy; they can be charred and thick and ecked with blackened bits of tomatillo. They can also be astonishingly hot, which is why it's always good to ask the street vendor, "Cual salsa pica mas?" (Which salsa is hotter?) This is my favorite version of all: a raw, acidic, chunky puree that slices through anything fatty; I like to serve it with slow-cooked pork, crispy carrot tacos, tlacoyos, Mexican-style eggs and almost anything else.
Recipe courtesy of Lesley Tellez
Total:
20 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
about 2 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

1 Chop the chiles and garlic roughly, and place in a blender jar. Blitz until mostly chopped. 2 Cut the tomatillos in half and add to the blender jar with the water. Liquefy until the salsa transforms into a thick, chunky sauce. 3 Pour into a bowl and stir in the onion and cilantro. Taste and see if you like it as is, or if you'd prefer more acidity or salt. If so, add the lime juice and taste again. Then stir in the salt and taste one more time, adding more salt, if necessary. Top with the avocado, if using, just before serving. 4 Salsa (minus the avocado) keeps for about a week in a sealed container in the fridge.

Cook's Note

VARIATION: To make another version of green salsa that's typical of street stands, blend the avocado with the onion and cilantro. Then taste for lime juice and salt, and blend again. COOKING TIP: As with every salsa in Mexico, it's really the cook's touch that gives it personality. Feel free to add more water if you want it thinner, and-even though some Mexicans probably wouldn't agree-you can even omit the salt, which creates a brighter, sweeter salsa that's almost like a relish. If you own a powerful blender, no need to chop anything first. Just toss it in the blender jar whole.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Restaurant-Style Salsa

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Salsa

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Southwestern Egg Rolls with Salsa Dipping Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Pulled Pork Tacos with Citrus Salsa

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Chile Verde

Recipe courtesy of Cafe Genevieve

Dom's Salsa and Guacamole

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Chili Verde

Recipe courtesy of Celeste Lucas|Mike Lucas

Verde Mary

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Posole Verde

Recipe courtesy of Andy Parazette

Craveworthy Eats 3 Videos

Crave-Worthy Egg Sandwich 03:24

Claire puts her own spin on a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c

          Chopped

          2pm | 1c

          Chopped

          3pm | 2c

          Chopped

          4pm | 3c

          Chopped

          5pm | 4c

          Chopped

          6pm | 5c

          Chopped

          7pm | 6c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Chopped Junior

          8pm | 7c

          Chopped

          9pm | 8c

          Chopped

          10pm | 9c

          Chopped

          11pm | 10c

          Chopped

          12am | 11c

          Chopped

          1am | 12c

          Chopped

          2am | 1c
          powered by PubExchange

          Get Cooking