How To Make Fresh & Easy Salsa Verde (Just 5 Ingredients!)1 maja 2019
Whenever I go to a restaurant that has a salsa bar (always a plus in my book), I skip over the chunky pico de gallo and roasted tomato salsa and head straight to the salsa verde. This tart, slightly spicy salsa always makes whatever I’m pouring it onto so much tastier. It can be slightly harder to find at the store, but it’s actually one of the easiest salsas you can make at home! Here’s how to do it with just five fresh ingredients.
A Classic Mexican Salsa Verde
There are actually two kinds of salsa verde: a Mexican one and an Italian one. The Italian version is an uncooked sauce usually made with parsley, olive oil, garlic, capers, vinegar or lemon juice, and sometimes anchovies. Mexican salsa verde is completely different; it’s a tart, vibrantly green sauce with a base of tomatillos, chiles, and cilantro that can be cooked or raw. We’re making a roasted Mexican salsa verde here that’s full of bright flavor and extremely versatile.
What’s the Difference Between Salsa and Salsa Verde?
Salsa is a very broad term for sauce in Mexican cuisine. In My Mexico City Kitchen, Chef Gabriela Cámara says, “A salsa can be cooked or raw, blended or chunky, made with fresh chiles or with dried ones that you soak and blend.” Tomato-based salsas are very popular, but salsa verde translates into green salsa, with the green coming from the tomatillos.
What Ingredients Do I Need for Salsa Verde?
At the heart of salsa verde is the tomatillo. Tomatillos look like little green tomatoes, usually sold still individually wrapped in a thin, paper-y husk. When picking tomatillos, choose firm, smooth ones that aren’t too loose in the husk. Small tomatillos, labeled miltomatoes, are more flavorful, so nab those if you see them. Remove the husks and rinse off the sticky residue before using.
For the fresh chile pepper, choose between a jalapeño or serrano. Jalapeños will be milder and serranos spicier, so go with your desired spice level. Regardless of which pepper you buy, remove the ribs and seeds in the middle or your salsa verde will be too spicy. I made a batch of this salsa with a whole serrano, seeds and all, and the spiciness was way over-the-top for me!
The last ingredients are garlic and onion for deep, savory notes, and chopped cilantro for freshness. Unlike other salsas that usually need some acidity from lime juice, the tomatillos have plenty of tart flavor, eliminating the need for another sour element (and keeping this ingredient list nice and short).
How to Make Salsa Verde in 3 Easy Steps
To make salsa verde, follow these three easy steps:.
How Do I Serve Salsa Verde?
The simplest way to enjoy salsa verde is with a bag of crunchy thick-cut tortilla chips, but I also love spooning it over tamales or drizzled on scrambled eggs. Here are a few more ways we love to use salsa verde.