Raw Tomatillo Salsa

By Rick Bayless

Makes 1.5 cups


4 medium (about 8 ounces total) tomatillos, husked, rinsed and quartered
1large garlic clove, peeled and quartered
Hot green chiles to taste (I like 2 serranos or 1 jalapeno), stemmed and roughly chopped
1/2 to 2/3cup (loosely packed) roughly chopped cilantro


  1. Combine tomatillos, garlic, chile and cilantro in a blender jar or food processor.
  2. Add 1/4 cup water and a generous 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Process to a coarse puree.
  4. If using a blender, begin blending on low, at first pulsing to get the mixture moving evenly through the blender blades.
  5. Pour into a salsa dish and thin with a little more water if necessary to give the salsa an easily spoonable consistency.
  6. Taste and season with additional salt, if you think necessary.
  7. Serve right away.

Tomatillo Salsa


1 tomatillo
lemon juice
black pepper
1/2 small onion, chopped


1. Dehusk tomatillo. Wash well. Rub with oil. Put in oven 425 F for 30 min until brown. Let cool. Peel off skin. Chop.

2. Add chopped onion.

3. Add salt, lemon juice and black pepper to taste.

4. Once complete, let sit a few hours to develop the taste.


Note WOW!!! Quadruple the recipe next time!