So, what is Salsa Verde?
Salsa Verde is literally a “green sauce”. However, we’re not talking about just any green sauce here. We’re cooking a delicious Mexican Salsa Verde recipe, complete with tart tomatillos and spicy jalapeño peppers! In addition, we round out the salsa with onion, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. Sounds good, right?
What is a Tomatillo?
The tomatillo is a green fruit that looks like a small tomato. In fact, tomatillo and tomatoes are in the same plant family. Just like tomatoes, tomatillos are classed as a “culinary vegetable”. So, cooks regard tomatillos as a veggie when designing recipes.
However, you can tell the tomatillo apart by the papery husk surrounding the fruit. In addition, tomatillos taste different from tomatoes. By comparison, tomatillos are more acidic and less sweet. As a result, tomatillos give salsa verde recipes a bright and tangy flavor.
Is Salsa Verde Spicy?
Well, at our place the answer is YES! But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, your salsa will only be as spicy as you make it. For a milder salsa, just reduce or remove the chili peppers altogether. However, we think it would be a shame not to include at least a little jalapeño. This chili has a fresh, “green” flavor that tastes great in salsa.
Put on your Green Shoes and (salsa) Dance!
Ok, let’s discuss how to make Salsa Verde. The process is actually quite easy! It all starts by sauteing the tomatillos, jalapeños, onion, and garlic in some oil. We cook the ingredients like this because heat brings out the sweetness of the tomatillos. In turn, this mellows their tartness a bit. In addition, cooking caramelizes the onion and garlic, adding extra flavor.
The final step is to get those ingredients into a blender. Then, whiz the salsa verde up until it reaches your desired texture. We like our Salsa Verde smooth, but if you prefer yours with a little more texture, that’s ok too!
After that, your salsa should be ready to enjoy! Be sure to taste it and add a little more salt if necessary. However, if you’re not yet loving what you’re tasting, keep reading for some rescue tips!
Now, if you get to the end of this recipe and your salsa verde still needs tweaking, we have some tips:
- Too runny? Put the salsa into a pan and simmer gently until it thickens to your satisfaction.
- Too much heat (spicy)? Add small amounts of sugar and acid (e.g. more lime juice) until they balance out the spiciness. Alternatively, you can add more of the other ingredients to dilute the chili.
- Too sour? Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and taste it again (repeat if necessary).
- Too awesome? Just kidding – there’s no such thing!
How to use your Salsa Verde
When you think about it, this is one of those “put it on everything” sauces. However, there are some classic ways to use salsa verde, for example:
- Drizzle it on enchiladas
- Top a taco with it
- Scoop it up with chips
- Mix it through some rice
- Or for something different, enjoy it with a tofu breakfast scramble!
We hope you get a kick out of this tangy, tasty Salsa Verde recipe. If you make it, please let us know what you think with a comment and a rating. Every bit of feedback helps make the blog even better.Print
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