Salsa de Tomatillos Como Las Asadas y Big Star


A super-flavorful salsa inspired by the great taquerias in Bucktown and Wicker park, in Chicago. Restaurant-style tomatillo salsa, a good change of pace from standard tomato salsa. Includes roasted peppers and the unstoppable combination of garlic, lime and cilantro.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
15 servings


  • 10 fresh tomatillos, husks removed

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 serrano chiles, stemmed

  • 2 poblano chiles, stemmed

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. Bring the tomatillos, garlic cloves, and water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the tomatillos have lost their shape, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack at about 6 inches from the heat source. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut the serrano peppers and poblano peppers in half from top to bottom; remove the stem, seeds, and ribs, then place the peppers cut-side-down onto the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Cook under the preheated broiler until about 3/4 of the skin has blackened and blistered, 3 to 5 minutes. Place the blackened peppers into a bowl, and tightly seal with plastic wrap. Allow the peppers to steam for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and discard the blackened skins. Stir the peppers into the simmering tomatillos; cook 5 minutes more.

  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the yellow onion, and cook until the onion has softened and is beginning to turn brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Place the yellow onions into a blender along with the tomatillo mixture. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the salsa moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree until no large chunks remain. Return to the skillet, and simmer over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes until the salsa thickens slightly. Pour into a bowl, and cool to room temperature.

  5. Once cool, stir in the salt, cilantro, red onion, and lime juice to serve.

Cook's Notes

This recipe is definitely a "Medium" to "Mild" heat salsa. If you're interested in a "Hot" salsa, use 6-8 serranos. If you can't handle spicy at all, replace the serranos with another poblano. If you're really crazy, use 10+ serranos.

The salsa will have little black flecks of burned peel in it. Don't worry, it tastes fine! It's important to let the peppers steam themselves after roasting, to let the roasted flavor propagate to the flesh of the pepper. Putting the pepper directly in the boiling water and skipping that step will wash out this flavor somewhat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

40 Calories
3g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 40
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 116mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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