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Salsa Verde

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: Makes about 1¾ cups 1x


  • 4 tomatillos
  • ½ medium yellow or white onion
  • 1 poblano pepper (about 3½ ounces)
  • 2 small-medium cloves garlic
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves (loosely packed)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (from 1/2 to 1 lime)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone oven-proof mat.
  2. To prepare the roasted vegetables, remove the papery husks from the tomatillos (discard) and then rinse well. Cut the half onion in half again. Remove the paper sheaths from each garlic clove. Now, place everything on the baking sheet, along with the whole poblano pepper (see photo below). Roast for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool a bit.
  3. While the vegetables are roasting, place the cilantro, ground cumin, and lime juice into a blender.
  4. Add to the blender: the roasted tomatillos, onion, and garlic. Remove the stem and seeds from the roasted poblano pepper, and add it to the blender too. Blend until fairly smooth (a little texture is good, like a coarse puree). Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 5 days.


Peppers: Poblano peppers are on the mild side, so if you want more heat, use a spicier pepper (in whole or part of what's called for), like a jalapeño or serrano. Anaheim peppers are also mild and can be used in place of the poblano.

Cumin: You can use pre-ground cumin for this, but you can also toast ½ teaspoon cumin seeds for even more flavor by placing them in a pan on low-medium heat. Stir them continuously until they become fragrant and darker in color. Remove the pan from the heat and let the seeds cool. Transfer to a small grinder or blender, and grind into a powder (before step 3). Since I don’t use salt, I like to add cumin for more flavor, but if you’re not a cumin fan, you can leave it out (or use a mild-to-medium chili powder instead).