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Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kristen Shelton Fielder


Prep time 10 mins
Yield Makes 2 cups
Tomatillos are small green fruits with a tangy, citrusy flavor. Wash them to remove the slightly sticky coating before using. Some tomatillo salsas are cooked, but this raw version preserves the tart flavor, which brightens up foods from grilled chicken to fish tacos.


  • 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed
  • 4 green onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

How to Make It

  1. Cut tomatillos into halves or quarters. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor; blend until finely chopped. Adjust seasoning, if necessary. Cover and chill.