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This delicious Mexican salsa (Salsa martajada de tomate verde) is made with fresh tomatillos, chiles de arbol, and garlic. Everything is chargrilled till blackened, imparting a smoky flavor that makes this salsa so special. Serve with tortilla chips, or as an accompaniment to your favorite Mexican meal.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
11 mins
total:
26 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a heavy cast iron grill pan or griddle with aluminum foil and place over high heat. Arrange tomatillos, chiles de arbol, and garlic in a single layer on top. Grill until chiles are blackened, turning as necessary, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Continue grilling tomatillos and garlic until they are evenly blackened, 8 to 10 minutes more.

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  • Peel garlic and place in a mortar and pestle. Season with salt and pound into a thick paste. Add chiles; pound until smooth. Add as many tomatillos as you can fit in your mortar; pound until chunky. Transfer salsa to a bowl. Repeat with remaining tomatillos, mixing them into the bowl of salsa in batches.

Cook's Note:

The chiles and garlic will finish before the tomatillos, so remove them once they are charred. I use a fair amount of salt in this salsa.

Nutrition Facts

40 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 7.3g; fat 1.2g; sodium 20.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2019
This is exactly how my mom makes hers and we chow I Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2019
This is exactly how my mom makes hers and we chow I Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2020
DELICIOUS! I used it both as a dip, and also to top shrimp and chicken enchaladas! Read More