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You are only 10 minutes away from experiencing the most amazing Fresh Tomatillo Salsa (aka Mexican Salsa Verde)! Using raw, fresh tomatillos results in a vibrant and flavorful salsa you will fall in love with. You’ll never want to roast your tomatillos again!!! I promise! Serve with chips, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas or burritos! 

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa! (aka Salsa Verde) A FRESH vibrant recipe for Tomatillo Salsa using *uncooked* tomatillos, resulting in the most amazing flavors. Serve this with chips, or as a sauce for enchiladas or chicken. #tomatillosalsa #salsaverde #tomatillo #salsa #verde #greensalsa

Tomatillos are in season right now and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share this amazing recipe with you! And when you try it- I think you’ll be wondering the same too, because this fresh Tomatillo Salsa Recipe is simply the BEST!

And here is why: Because the tomatillos are totally raw. Yep, you read it right, yes, they are raw, not roasted, not cooked what-so-ever- and I know some of you are probably feeling a little skeptical- and that’s ok- I was too. But I’m hoping you suspend your disbelief and trust me on this and just give this a try. You will never want to roast your tomatillos again! 

I remember the first time I experienced this Fresh Salsa Verde- my friend Kate made it for a Mexican-themed dinner party and I was blown away by the flavor and freshness. I couldn’t stop eating it!

Such a great addition to your Mexican Feast. Simple yet sooooo flavorful! Serve the Tomatillo Salsa with chips or FISH TACOS, quesadillas, Portobello Tacos or use it as an enchilada sauce. You’ll pretty much want to drink it!


This Fresh Salsa Verde recipe, is not only fresh and flavorful is, it is fast, easy and healthy!  It only takes 10 minutes to make and has a short list of ingredients. Just put everything in a food processor and pulse. You can add extra chilies and make it spicy or keep it mild. Up to you.

Are Salsa Verde and Tomatillo Salsa the same?

In Mexico, yes. Keep in mind, Italians have their own version of Salsa Verde which is totally different ( made with herbs, capers, garlic and olive oil)

What Do Tomatillos Taste Like?

  • tart
  • fruity
  • herbal
  • grassy
  • vegetal
  • bright
  • tomatillos are not spicy!

Can you eat Tomatillos Raw?

Absolutely! They are very tart so best blended into salsa. Perfect for Salsa Verde – bright and fruity the perfect accompaniment to tacos, enchiladas, tortilla chips and quesadillas.


How to make Tomatillo Salsa

Step one:

Tomatillos are covered in a husk and the skin tends to be a little sticky. After removing the husk, rinse the tomatillos in warm water which will remove the sticky film. Then cut and quarter.

Step two: 

Place the tomatillos along with remaining ingredients in a food processor, and pulse repeatedly, until combined.

how to make fresh tomatillo salsa in a food processor

Look at this color! What gives the salsa verde its beautiful vibrant green color is the addition of cilantro. So don’t leave it out!

how to make fresh tomatillo salsa in a food processor

Step three: 

Place in a jar or bowl and refrigerate until using. This will keep 4 days in the fridge.

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa ( salsa verde) using raw tomatillos

And that is it!

I’m so excited for you to try this Fresh Tomatillo Salsa – please let me know what you think in the comments below!



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Fresh Tomatillo Salsa Recipe ! (aka Salsa Verde) A FRESH vibrant recipe for Tomatillo Salsa using *uncooked* tomatillos, resulting in the most amazing flavors. Serve this with chips, Baja Tacos, quesadillas or as a sauce for enchiladas! #tomatillosalsa #tacosalsa #salsaverde #tomatillo #bajatacos #salsa #verde #greensalsa

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 ½ cups 1x
  • Category: salsa, sauce, condiment
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Fresh Tomatillo Salsa Recipe! (aka Salsa Verde) A FRESH vibrant recipe for Tomatillo Salsa using raw tomatillos, resulting in the most vibrant flavor. Serve this with chips, Fish Tacos, quesadillas or as a sauce for enchiladas!


  • 1 lb Tomatillos, husked, rinsed ( in warm water) and quartered
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro- leaves and tender stems OK ( 1 cup, packed)
  • 12 jalapeno (or more, for more spicy) or 12 serano chilis ( I like 2 seranos)
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup diced white or yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar ( or agave or honey)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 T olive oil (optional)


Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until uniformly combined.

Taste, then adjust salt, heat and lime. ( I find it helpful to taste with a chip, or whatever you are serving this with.)

Refrigerate until serving.


This fresh tomatillo salsa will keep 4 days in the fridge.

If you like extra heat, serrano chilies are a great option.

If it ends up too spicy for your taste,  you can temper it by adding cucumber or more tomatillo. Re-adjust with salt and lime.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 42
  • Sugar: 3.3 g
  • Sodium: 292.3 mg
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. I’ve never had fresh salsa verde before, so nothing to compare it to, but I couldn’t imagine this tasting any better! It was amazing! Tomatillos are very exotic in the place I live, so I have also tried making it with tomatoes instead and it was also delicious.

  2. So easy and delicious! We used 1/2 jalapeño for kid-level spiciness and used it in a chicken bake:

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  3. I loved the recipe, but I did roast my tomatillos for that Roasted char flavor that elevates this salsa to an awesome level I used 2 seranos and 2 dried chile de arbo, no sugar, but otherwise made no changes to your recipe. It was excellent, super easy and easily adjustable to taste. Thank you.

  4. This is almost exactly how my mother in law taught me to make it! I have always thought it was delicious! You can put it on eggs, migas, tostadas, quesadillas, bean tacos, pork tacos, chicken tacos, jackfruit tacos, enchiladas, fish tacos, top a Tex-Mex salad bowl. It will taste good on almost anything. I am almost tempted to pour some on some vanilla ice cream and see how that goes. LOL. That might be over the top, but this salsa has it all, it’s fresh, bright, spicey, a little sour, a tiny bit sweet while still being savory, with the flavor of cilantro mingling in there. What more could you ask for?

    1. I’m so happy you like this Helen- it is one of my favorite salsa recipes– so fresh and bright!

  5. Absolutely the best tomatillo salsa. We had it on pulled pork tacos. I would put it on chicken or fish or any protein. Shared the recipe with my sisters. Thank you for sharing all your great recipes.

  6. Really delicious! I took half of the salsa and blended it with an avocado just as an experiment, and that was amazing too! I’ve clearly been overthinking tomatillos!

  7. I’m a chef and I have always toasted my tomatillos. All I can say is WOW! It has such a bright taste. I made a triple batch, some to give to friends and sons for my family.

  8. This recipe is amazing! I don’t have a food processor, but just dicing everything worked perfectly. New family favorite.

      1. This was delicious! Would this can well? Would I need to do anything differently? Thanks for all the delicious recipes 🙂

  9. Easy and so tasty! We like fresh tasting salsa’s and this delivered, a new favorite at our house.

  10. I also was a little hesitant about this one. But knew if it was on Feasting At Home, it would most likely be delicious. And it was. I like roasting, but this is just as good. And pretty!
    Pairing this with the jackfruit tacos tonight. Super excited.

  11. I was skeptical- I always roast. Well, never will I be doing that again. Can’t believe it took me this long to discover this.

  12. Fantastic- I made the recipe as is, with 2 jalapeños. Perfect- I’ll never go back to roasting tomatillos again!

  13. Incredible recipe! I love the fresh and lively flavors of this salsa! I added about 1 TB of some cucumber water (a previous recipe for tzatziki where I strained the cucumbers and froze the liquid from them for a later day) just to counter a little bit of the Serrano pepper I added. This is suberp and will be a staple in my kitchen from now on!

  14. This turned out so good. Who knew using fresh tomatillos would taste so good- I’ve always roasted them, but this way is so much better!

Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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