Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

Happy belated Cinco de Mayo! Did you go out for margaritas last night? Did you make guacamole at home? Or did you forget about the holiday completely? If that's the case, there's no reason why you can't celebrate with a little homemade salsa tonight. Enter classic salsa verde.

Tomatillos and fresh chiles give this salsa a bright, "green" flavor, and toasting the ingredients contributes a smoky element (plus it loosens the chiles' skins). Mexican cooks traditionally use a griddle or comal to toast salsa ingredients, but a broiler chars the chiles more evenly. Use a food processor for convenience, or combine everything in a mortar and pestle or a Mexican "molcajete" for an authentic touch. Enjoy with chips and warmed tortillas.