Salsa Verde

An easy and authentic salsa verde recipe that you’ll want to make in large batches to have with tacos, nachos, burritos, and more! The roasted tomatillos and peppers add the perfect flavor to this tangy, slightly spicy salsa.

salsa verde in a mexican bowl.

Authentic Salsa Verde Recipe

Salsa verde is my favorite kind of salsa! This salsa is made of a blend of tomatillos, serrano or jalapeño peppers, cilantro, onion and garlic. It’s savory, tangy and the perfect amount of spiciness. This salsa verde recipe is perfect for adding to nachos, burrito bowls, tacos, taco salad, quesadillas, chilaquiles and so much more!
I am honestly kind of upset at myself for taking so long to upload this recipe. Try it and get ready for your life to change! The beauty of making homemade salsa is that you can adjust the spice and flavors to your liking. One thing I can guarantee is that you will never want to buy store-bought salsa ever again.
Tip: You can also add this salsa to broth and make a delicious salsa verde soup like this poblano bean soup.
salsa verde ingredients on a plate.

Salsa Verde Ingredients

You’ll need 5 simple ingredients:

Tomatillos – there are two different kinds. One kind is smaller than the other but they are both great options. My mom prefers the smaller one but I prefer the bigger ones because it means I don’t have to peel as many 😉

Onion – sweet, white and yellow onion are all great options!

Garlic – don’t even think about leaving the garlic out.  Add an extra clove or two if you are a garlic lover.

Peppers – I like my salsa spicy so I use Serreno peppers. If you want a more mild salsa use jalapeños.

Cilantro – adds freshness and flavor. If you are one of those people with that gene that makes cilantro tastes like soap or you just dislike cilantro, feel free to leave it out or use a bit of parsley instead.

oh yeah.. and salt to taste!

What are Tomatillos?

When I was little I thought my mom was using green tomatoes to make this salsa, but they are actually called tomatillos and are completely different than tomatoes. Tomatillos are members of the nightshade family and very different than regular tomatoes. You can find these at most large grocery stores such as Lucky, Safeway and Sprouts. If you have a local Mexican store near you, head there first! When you peel the outer layer off you will notice that it’s super sticky — don’t worry, it’s normal.
Click here to learn more about tomatillos!
how to make salsa verde with roasted tomatillos.

How to make Salsa Verde

Step 1: Peel the tomatillos.
Step 2: Roast all the ingredients.
To get the best flavor out of the tomatillos and pepper, roast them on a griddle on medium-high heat until they look like the photo above. A deep roast helps bring out the best flavors and reduces the sour taste of the raw tomatillos. You can also control how roasted they are to cater to your tastebuds. Pro tip: do not taste these raw!
I typically roast my tomatillos on a comal (Spanish for griddle) but you can also use the broiler setting in your oven. If you are broiling I recommend 6-7 minutes on each side rather than 5. You will know that they are done once they start to blacken and blister.
Step 3: Add everything to a blender along with cilantro and salt. Blend until smooth. The color may vary depending on how green the tomatillos are. Sometimes it comes out a bright green and other times it comes out more of a pale green color.
easy salsa verde recipe with tortilla chips.

Always remember to taste and adjust the recipe as you go. Everyone is a little different so make sure to cater to your tastebuds. 


Store salsa in a tight-sealed container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. I doubt it will actually last 5 days in the fridge but who knows maybe you made a double or triple batch! If you made a double batch and want to make sure it lasts, you can also freeze it for up to 4 months.  

This Salsa Verde Recipe pairs well with these recipes:

Chilaquiles Verdes

Vegan Carnitas Tacos

Black Bean Flautas

Vegan Pollo Asado

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salsa verde in a mexican bowl.

Salsa Verde

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  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


An easy and authentic salsa verde recipe that you’ll make you want to make in large batches to have with tacos, nachos, burritos, and more! The roasted tomatillos and peppers add the perfect flavor to this tangy, slightly spicy salsa.


  • 810 tomatillos
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 12 medium serrano peppers
  • 1/4 white or yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves or stems
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Peel and rinse your tomatillos. Turn a griddle on medium-high heat.
  2. Once the griddle is hot, add tomatillos, pepper/s, garlic, and onion.
  3. Roast for 5 minutes on each side or until they are blackened and blistered. Watch the garlic because it can burn easily so you want to roast it for 2-3 minutes instead of 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Once roasted, cool off for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend! Taste and adjust salt to preference as needed. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: sides
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 oz

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