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Salsa Verde or “Green Sauce”

Salsa verde is a staple in every Mexican kitchen. It’s great for making enchiladas verdes or for topping carne asada tacos. We also think it is great on eggs. It is a simple to make, versatile salsa.

Bowl of Authentic Mexican Salsa Verde

Use it on just about anything. The taste of fresh homemade salsa puts the bottled salsas to shame. Give this one a try!

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What to Expect From this Recipe

Boiled Salsas vs. Roasted Salsas

There are generally two ways that Mexican salsas are prepared, with boiled ingredients or fire roasted / pan roasted ingredients. These two methods create distinctive flavor profiles.

This is a recipe for a classic boiled salsa.

Boiled salsas tend to be milder in flavor where the taste of the vegetables are out in front. Roasted salsas are bolder in flavor where the smoky flavors from charring add a deeper element.

Bowl of Classic Boiled Salsa Verde

A Healthy Recipe

Mexican food gets a bad rep for being greasy, heavy and, unhealthy but stop and think for a second. Salsa is nothing but concentrated vegetables.

It’s the tastiest way ever to get your daily veggies. You can eat as much as you want guilt-free. It’s rare that your favorite food can be the healthiest food too. So enjoy.

Authentic Mexican Salsa Verde in Bowl

How to Make Salsa Verde

Our Salsa verde recipe is really easy to make and the ingredients are available at almost every supermarket.

We prepared ours with tomatillos which look like small green tomatoes and are covered in a papery husk. You can also use larger green tomatoes, called tomates verdes. Both make excellent salsas.

Ingredients for Salsa Verde

The recipe calls for three serrano peppers but you can use fewer if you want to reduce the heat. We like it on the hot side. You can substitute jalapeño peppers for the serranos The flavor won’t be as bright and the heat will be milder but it will still be tasty.


Prep the Tomatillos First

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First, remove the papery husks from the tomatillos.

Tomatillos with Husks Removed on Table

Then rinse them under warm water to remove the sticky residue.

Rinsing Tomatillos in Sink
Quartered Onion on Cutting Board

The preparation is really simple. Add all of the ingredients to your pot except the cilantro and just cover with water.

Ingredients to Make Salsa Verde in Pot

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Notice how the ingredients change color. This lets you know that the ingredients are fully cooked.

Cooked Ingredients to Make Salsa Verde in Pot

For the next step, blend the ingredients with the cooking water for 30 seconds to 1 minute. You can use a blender or food processor for good results.

Blending the Ingredients for Salsa Verde

When blending, you want the salsa to keep a little bit of texture. It shouldn’t be liquified. Use the picture of the prepared salsa to guide you. Notice the bright green color.

Blended Salsa Verde in Blender Jar

The Salsa Making Secret

The next thing you are going to do is fry the salsa. This is the magic step that is used in making almost all cooked salsas in Mexico. Do not skip this step. It gives a superior result.

Heat two tablespoons of oil on high.

Heating the Oil to Fry the Salsa

Slowly pour the blended salsa into the pan. This develops a deeper richer tasting salsa. This step is called “seasoning.”

Pouring the Salsa Verde into the Hot Oil in Pot

Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Salsa Verde Simmering in Pot

The Importance of Salt

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Add 1 ½ tsp. salt to your salsa stir well and taste. You will probably want to add more. The salsa is perfectly salted when it is just a little bit too salty when tasted by alone.

Remember that you will be adding salsa to your food to season it and once mixed with the food the salt in the salsa will bring out the flavor of the food without seeming overly salty.

Adding Sal to Salsa Verde

Notice how the salsa darkens in color when cooked.

Simmered Salsa Verde in Pot

Now you have the perfect salsa verde!

Closeup of homemade Salsa Verde

Problems with your salsa? How to Fix It

Sometimes your salsa doesn’t come out exactly to your liking. Keep in mind that the ingredients are all-natural products and can vary in freshness and flavor due to seasonal differences and how the ingredients have been handled. One time when you buy peppers they may be super hot and the next time you buy the exact same pepper is very mild.

Here are a few methods to correct your salsa:

  • Too runny? Simmer until it has reduced to the desired consistency.
  • Too thick? Add water 2 tablespoons at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Too hot or acidic? Add only one of the following to reduce heat or acidity: ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 to 2 teaspoons agave syrup.
  • Too bland? Try adding more salt ¼ of a teaspoon at a time until you get the desired taste.
  • Pale color? Try simmering for 10 extra minutes to deepen the color.

When you make adjustments, add ingredients a little at a time. A small modification can have a surprisingly large effect. Some people like to add a squirt of lime juice.

What are you going to use it on?

Chicken enchiladas, tortilla chips, pork, chops, chilaquiles, burritos, and many more dishes pair well with this salsa. Be adventurous.

Bowl of Traditional Mexican Salsa Verde

Alternate Names & Common Misspellings

You may also know this salsa as green salsa, green sauce, verde salsa, salsa verda, verde sauce, or tomatillo salsa. Whatever you call it, it’s still delicious 🙂

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More Mexican Salsas You Might Like

  • Dried Guajillo Salsa
  • Rustic Molcajete Salsa
  • Salsa Roja for Enchiladas
  • Restaurant Salsa
  • Salsa Roja
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Avocado Salsa

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