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This roasted tomatillo salsa verde recipe is fresh, flavorful, and easy! The tastiest salsa verde you will ever make.

bowl of roasted tomatillo salsa verde beside several tortilla chips

This Mexican green salsa recipe is perfect for any occasion, including your selection of snacks for Super Bowl. 🙂 This salsa verde is definitely a healthy Super Bowl snack. Those tortilla chips… maybe not so much, though.

Can you eat raw tomatillos? Yes, but they’re really sour when they’re not cooked. When I was a kid, we had a tomatillo bush, and I loved to pick them and then step on them. I was a horrible child. Spotting tomatillos in the grocery store gave me intense flashbacks. I thought I would make up for my sins and make a fantastic homemade salsa verde recipe to share with you all.

I’ve made salsas before and love roasting vegetables, so I figured roasting tomatillos for the salsa is the logical way to get rid of the sour. I did a quick Google search to confirm I was on the right path, and lo and behold, I am not the only person in the world who thought of roasting tomatillos for their salsa verde. What. Roasted tomatillos are much more mellow and sweet than their raw counterparts. And they go wonderfully with the jalapenos in this spicy Mexican green sauce.

Anyway, the whole process of making tomatillo salsa from scratch is stupidly easy and yields tasty results. Unless you don’t like spice. In that case, you screwed up by adding the jalapeno (along with the seeds), but at least your spice-loving husband is happy when he gets this fresh tomatillo salsa all to himself. 😉

How to make roasted tomatillo salsa verde

Cut the tomatillos in half and roast at 375F for about 40 minutes or until they’re slightly charred. Meanwhile, add the onion, garlic, cilantro, lime, and jalapeno to the food processor. Let the tomatillos cool for 5 minutes, then add them to the food processor and process until smooth.

Do you love salsa verde? Let me know in the comments below!

Roast your tomatillos, pop everything in the food processor, and you've got a delicious tomatillo salsa verde.
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Tomatillo Salsa Verde

This roasted tomatillo salsa verde recipe is fresh, flavorful, and easy! The tastiest salsa verde you will ever make. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 6 medium tomatillos cut in half
  • 1/2 medium onion cut into smaller pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Handful cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 jalapeno cut into pieces, remove seeds if you want less spice (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat oven to 375F. Place rack at the top of the oven.
  • Place tomatillo halves on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes or until soft and slightly blackened.
  • Meanwhile, prepare and add all other ingredients to a food processor.
  • Once tomatillos are cooked, take out of oven and let cool for five minutes.
  • Once cooled, add tomatillos to food processor and blend on high until mixture is smooth. You may need to stop and scrape sides halfway through.
  • Serve immediately or chill before serving.


  • This amount of salsa is good if you're serving a bunch of different appetizers/dips. You could easily double the recipe if you have lots of people to feed.
  • Omit the jalapeno if you want a mild salsa.

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  1. Amber says:

    Oh- Also! Following you on Instagram 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you!!

  2. Amber says:

    This sounds delicious! I love tomatillo salsa, but have never cooked with tomatillos before! Good tip knowing to roast them first. I didn’t even know that they were naturally sour. Seems easy enough, though 🙂

    I was reading your About page, and I’ve never had lavender tea before, but it sounds like a really nice thing to have before bed- totally not weak! Hahaha.

    Your photography is beautiful 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much Amber!! Harney and Sons makes my favorite lavender tea ?

  3. Meghan | Fox and Briar says:

    Yum, I have never made tomatillo salsa but it looks delicious! I bet the roasting gives it such a nice flavor!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Meghan ? you should try it.

  4. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    Tomatillo salsa is one of my favorites. How cool was it that you had a tomatillo bush as a kid, even though you totally didn’t appreciate it! 😉 I would love to have one of those bushes now in my back yard and make this salsa every day (cause those little suckers are expensive in the grocery store).

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Karrie!! Haha yes I would love to have one again. Oh well.