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Mexican Charred Tomatillo Salsa

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"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. [Recipe originally submitted to]"
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26 m servings 40
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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

Per Serving: 40 calories; 1.2 7.3 1.2 0 21 Full nutrition

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This is exactly how my mom makes hers and we chow I