A wonderful vegan Three Chile Tomatillo Salsa. The tomatillos and chiles are dry roasted (slightly blackened) in an iron skillet giving it a wonderful flavor. Great for green chilaquiles.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the tomatillos, chiles, garlic cloves, and onion in a dry, cast iron pan. Toast, turning occasionally over medium-high heat until the husks of the tomatillos have blackened and their skins turn translucent. The goal is to soften the tomatillos by blackening the skin without allowing them to split. Remove from pan, and allow to cool slightly.

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  • Remove the husks from the tomatillos and the stems from the peppers. Place into the bowl of a food processor with the cilantro and salt to taste; process to desired consistency. Pour the salsa into a saucepan, and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes to mellow the flavors and remove the raw taste.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

18 calories; 0.4 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 50 mg sodium. 3.5 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2008
Wowza! This salsa really packs a punch thanks to roasting the ingredients before hand. I could not find pequin chiles so after reading up about them and their heat level I decided to just double the serranos and jalapenos. Also I'm a cilantro fanatic so I used an entire bunch and I didn't add the salt. The end result? A delicious flavorful salsa that is quite spicy but oh so addictive! Thanks HMAUSER! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2011
I would have liked this better if I had omitted a jalapeno- it was too spicy for me to really get the tomatillo taste I wanted Read More
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  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2008
Wowza! This salsa really packs a punch thanks to roasting the ingredients before hand. I could not find pequin chiles so after reading up about them and their heat level I decided to just double the serranos and jalapenos. Also I'm a cilantro fanatic so I used an entire bunch and I didn't add the salt. The end result? A delicious flavorful salsa that is quite spicy but oh so addictive! Thanks HMAUSER! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2008
Wowza! This salsa really packs a punch thanks to roasting the ingredients before hand. I could not find pequin chiles so after reading up about them and their heat level I decided to just double the serranos and jalapenos. Also I'm a cilantro fanatic so I used an entire bunch and I didn't add the salt. The end result? A delicious flavorful salsa that is quite spicy but oh so addictive! Thanks HMAUSER! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2009
A perfect salsa recipe! I love making fresh salsa and have tried many varieties. This salsa has such a nice well rounded flavor. Cooking the salsa for 5 minutes really does take the edge off the raw tomatillo taste. We love hot salsa yet didn't think this was to hot. I even added several extra Pequin peppers. No need to search any further!!! Stop right here and make this salsa!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2008
Love Love Love this salsa recipe and I live in Texas home of Tex-Mex. I use it when I make my enchiladas suisas and serve it with grilled lime chicken as well. I roast the vegetables in the oven so that I don't have to watch them too closely. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2011
I thought I had messed this up cause I read the ingredient list first prepared everything including unhusking the tomatillos as that is what the ingredient list says. Then when I got ready to cook I saw that the directions say to remove the husks AFTER dry roasting. That said I went ahead anyway and followed the rest of the directions. The result was amazing. Im sure it is easier to remove the husks first so I would definately do that next time anyway. This salsa verde was pretty much perfect! It will be my go to recipe from now on. I couldn't fint pequin peppers so like many other reviewers I added double the amount of jalapeno and serrano peppers. The result wasn't hot enough for our tastes so I will adjust for that next time. One cooking note: The garlic and serranos will blacken much faster than the tomatillos and jalapenos. Next time I will add them in stages as garlic does tend to become bitter if overcooked and it would have been charcoal if I had left it in for as long as the rest. I had to fish around and remove half way through. I removed the tomatillos when the skins were blackened just as they were splitting. Great recipe wonderful authentic flavor. I have a very happy and impressed husband! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2008
Everyone loved this. I loved the roasting of the pepers and tomatillos. I did not have the pequin pepper but I added a pablono and lime to the salsa. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2012
Great recipe! Love the dry roasting and mix of chiles. My husband is mexican- we've discovered that serrano peppers often give a better flavor than jalapenos alone in general. Also if you want to avoid the chile haze in your house you can roast the ingredients on the grill. Just dont lose your serranos and garlic through the grates! Use aluminum foil or a pan. For a delicious milder version of green salsa you can use all or part poblano peppers which are traditionally peeled after roasting. Dunk them in ice water to help loosen the skins and don't stress out if you can't get it all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2010
Very spicy -- beware. I used a blender not a food processor and it worked fine. The salsa was a little less chunky than traditional salsas but it worked. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
This was amazing. The dry-roasting brought out wonderful flavors. Make sure you have your kitchen exhaust fan on though! Also my local market didn't have the recipes chiles so I used 2 jalapeno 2 serrano 1 poblano and 1 anaheim so I am certain my end result was far less spicier than the posted version. Can't wait to make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2010
OMG! We have hit the jackpot with this recipe! My DH has been trying to recreate the authentic mexican salsa that his step-mother makes for years with no success. I think we have finally figured out how to make it!! He loves it! I think the key part of the recipe is heating up the salsa to get rid of the raw flavors of the peppers and tomatoes. I even made red salsa using roma tomatoes instead of tomatilloes and it came out great! My DH put it on EVERYTHING and has requested that we have this salsa on hand at all times:-) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2011
I would have liked this better if I had omitted a jalapeno- it was too spicy for me to really get the tomatillo taste I wanted Read More
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