This recipe comes from a friend's mother in Chihuahua, Mexico. The heat can be adjusted to fit any taste and is very versatile. I use this to make chicken tamales verde, put on hamburgers, everything!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
40
Yield:
5 cups
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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the tomatillos, jalapenos, lettuce, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor; process until chopped to desired consistency.

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  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook the onions in the melted butter until clarified, about 5 minutes. Pour the tomatillo mixture and the chicken broth into the sauce pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until the salsa begins to thicken, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

14 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 1.5g; fat 0.8g; cholesterol 1.5mg; sodium 88.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2010
I used this as a sauce for some burritos I made with black beans and lime rice and it was YUMMY!! Just a warning it is a bit on the spicy side so cut back on the jalapenos if you like mild. I did make some minor changes--I only had 9 tomatillos and I forgot to add the jalapenos to the food processor so I just chopped them up. Also I used fresh cilantro instead of dried--probably about 15 sprigs. When I tasted it I thought it needed a little more flavor so I added a small can of chopped anaheims and added additional chicken bouillon powder. I love the idea of the lettuce in it just because it is so different. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/06/2012
made a different one before that i enjoyed more. it didnt taste bad just not what i was hoping for. Read More
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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2010
I used this as a sauce for some burritos I made with black beans and lime rice and it was YUMMY!! Just a warning it is a bit on the spicy side so cut back on the jalapenos if you like mild. I did make some minor changes--I only had 9 tomatillos and I forgot to add the jalapenos to the food processor so I just chopped them up. Also I used fresh cilantro instead of dried--probably about 15 sprigs. When I tasted it I thought it needed a little more flavor so I added a small can of chopped anaheims and added additional chicken bouillon powder. I love the idea of the lettuce in it just because it is so different. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2011
I thought this was fabulous! I used fresh cilantro (about 15 sprigs) but that is the only change I made. I was not thrilled with the idea of can jalapenos but I had some in the fridge and my garden tomoatillos needed used so I decided why not? The lettuce makes for a nice consistency and the cumin flavor really comes through nicely. I was very impressed with the outcome on this one. Read More
(13)
Rating: 3 stars
06/06/2012
made a different one before that i enjoyed more. it didnt taste bad just not what i was hoping for. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2013
Of course I love it! It's my recipe LOL! Usually though I make it when I make tamales and instead of using chicken broth I parboil the chicken then finish cooking it in the salsa. YUMMY! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2019
No changes. Perfect...WOW...! Read More