Fire Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

When we received our CSA bin for the week I was happy to find a big bag of fresh tomatillos among its contents. I like tomatillos, but unfortunately I never think to buy them. So having them, instead, delivered right to my  front door worked out perfectly. This morning, still on my quest to use all of our CSA produce each week, I set about making  a large batch of basil pesto (I was out of pine nuts so I substituted  toasted cashews instead, and it turned out really well! who knew?). Continuing along the green theme, I figured I would fire up the grill and make this fire roasted tomatillo salsa, perfect to have around to serve over grilled meats, scrambled eggs, quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, or just for a delicious snack with crunchy, corn tortilla chips. I started by peeling the husks from about two pounds of tomatillos and giving them a good rinse to remove that sticky, sappy tomatillo goo and placed them  all in a large bowl. I then peeled and cut a red onion into thick one inch slices (I didn’t have quite enough red onion, so I added a small yellow onion as well, but I decided to leave it whole) and added those to the bowl along with a couple of jalapeño peppers, and about ten cloves of garlic (still in their skins). I drizzled a little extra virgin olive oil over the vegetables, and then threw them on a hot grill. I was looking to blacken the jalapeños, after which I placed them in a zip lock bag, and allowed them to steam for five minutes before removing their skins and seeds.I cooked the remaining vegetables until they were soft and had developed a nice char. (Alternatively, you could cook the vegetables on a sheet pan under the broiler.) I then removed the vegetables and allowed everything to come to room temperature. In the bowl of my food processor fitted with the steel blade, I added the onions and pulsed them until they were finely diced (but still with some good texture) and emptied those into a bowl. I then added two jalapeños, and all of the peeled roasted garlic, giving that a pulse until it was finely chopped. Next I added the roasted tomatillos and pulsed until they, too, were finely chopped, but not completely pureed, adding that mixture into the bowl as well. I squeezed in the juice of two limes, added a dash of salt, about a teaspoon of sugar, a hefty pinch of ground cumin, and a large handful of chopped cilantro.  It is fresh, smokey, tart, spicy, and ever so slightly sweet from the grilled onions. Delicious, and just in time for Labor day. Enjoy!

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26 responses to “Fire Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

  1. Looks wonderful! I just did something with tomatillos as well (post will be out next week)… and was down between salsa or the recipe I made. Next time, I’m trying this out!

  2. Tomitillos are in season. This is something fun to make with them. Last time I made them into a pasta sauce but I was out of ideas after that. Thanks for the post.

  3. Beautiful color on your tomatillo salsa and wonderful fresh looking pictures, I make this salsa at home too , I like to use fresh oregano instead of cilantro but I’ll have to try the cilantro next time because I like that as well, it is my favorite kind of salsa:)

  4. b kinch

    Looks yummy. I love eggs with salsa. We froze tomatillo salsa last year, in those little plastic jars they make for freezer jam, and it kept very nicely.

  5. I love tomatillo! Haven’t thought to buy these this summer either… you have inspired me! Great pics!

  6. I made Green tomatillo chili once, but never have thought to make salsa with them. I’ll have to try it.

  7. misssmouse

    Tomatillos are divine, i love their flavor, and the color of this salsa is lovely!

  8. I’ve never had tomatillo salsa before, but based on your pics, it looks like something I should try!

  9. I recently roasted some tomatillos in the oven for salsa. First time to deal with these weird little darlings. Loved the salsa and can’t wait to find some more tomatillos at the farmers’ market.

  10. Love this! I found fresh tomatillos at the grocery store the other day and snapped some up because my husband makes a wonderful turkey chili with them. But maybe I will make salsa instead!

  11. Yummy! Green salsa, how glorious!

  12. Nothing better than green salsa. I love the flavor and can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

  13. looks delicious! tomatillos have such a wonderful tangy flavor, i’d be careful not to eat the salsa with just a spoon. i like using tomatillos to top Indian paneer sometimes. the flavors match beautifully.

  14. simply good! Will try this out

  15. Love tomatillos, but never roasted them. Just in time for football season!

  16. LOVE tomatillo salsa :) yum!

  17. This just looks perfect! Unfortunately, limes are very difficult to get hold of in this part of Turkey so I’d have to substitute it with lemon. Just not the same :(

  18. Congrats on making the Top 9! Much deserved!

  19. This looks fabulous! I like the vibrant color especially. When I make tomatillo sauce, I usually parboil them, which produces a duller color–but it still tastes great. Anyway, hat’s off to the chef!

  20. Oh man, this looks so good. I saw it this morning, and actually went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch today….what I had didn’t nearly look so good!

  21. Sounds awesome! I’ve always been a huge fan of tomatillos – in fact I have 1lb ready for my weekly salsa! Maybe I’ll switch it up and use this recipe! :)

  22. Yummy! the green salsa looks fantastic and I bet it tastes great! Congrats on making to top 9 on foodbuzz :)

  23. I’ve never had tomatillos, I don’t think we can get them over here in the UK, but I wish we could because this salsa looks completely beautiful and delicious.

    Your blog is gorgeous, by the way – very glad I stumbled upon it, because the photography is just stunning! Gosh, I’m going to spend the next few hours just drooling over everything…

    I shall be back!

    Jax x

    • Thanks Jackie! That’s flattering, since your photos are so gorgeous. The one of your matcha-misu cake is especially breathtaking! =)

      Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to drop by any ole time! =)

  24. I just did a post myself on tomatillo salsa. Haven’t posted it yet but will soon. Your pictures are mouthwatering!

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