Over the weekend I decided to experiment with tomatillos, I’ve never used or eaten (to my knowledge) tomatillos before so I was excited to experiment a little. Tacos were on the menu for dinner, so I decided to make a tomatillo salsa for the tacos. I love making tacos but sometimes they get a little boring so I figured a little tomatillo salsa would help spice them up! And by spice, I don’t literally mean making the tacos spicy because we don’t do spicy in this house! The salsa added so much flavor to the tacos I will definitely be making it again.
First let me tell you a little about tomatillos. I decided to do a little research on tomatillos because like I mentioned above, I have no experience with them. They’re commonly known as the Mexican tomato but they’re actually part of the gooseberry family. They have leaf like shells that cover them and are removed before using, and then have this sticky layer on the skin which needs to be rinsed off.
After making a few different recipes using tomatillos I wondered if there were any health benefits to eating them, or is it worse to be eating them. Turns out they’re really good for you in the fact that they have a lot of fiber. Fiber seems like an especially good thing to add to Mexican food because it helps you digest your food much quicker and helps make you feel fuller quicker/longer. Just my helpful tomatillo tip of the day!!
Let’s get started!
First, remove the shell from the tomatillos and rinse the sticky layer off. Then cut them into quarters and add them to your blender or processor.
Cut an avocado in half, remove the seed and skin and add it to the blender.
Then add in the cilantro, half a jalapeno (more if you want more spice) and a little salt. That’s all it takes to make this salsa! Super easy!
Blend this up until it’s pureed and smooth.
It’s such a yummy sauce that is good for you to eat, so you don’t have to worry about only using a tiny amount on your taco or dish. The avocado makes it nice and creamy, the jalapeno adds a little spice and the tomatillos add all the liquid you need and give it a little sweetness. The cilantro of course helps give a lot of flavor as well.
This whips up fast and lasts several days in the fridge. This recipe makes about 2 cups of the salsa which is a lot, more than what two of us will use in a few days, but would be a great amount for a large group. So halve the recipe to make about 1 cup of salsa. This sauce would also work great over a taco salad, fish or fajitas.
- 1lb Tomatillos (about 4 large ones)
- 1 medium Avocado
- 1/2 Jalapeno, seeds removed for less spice
- 1/4 cup Cilantro
- good pinch Salt
- Remove shell from tomatillos and rinse, quarter and add to blender
- Remove the seed and skin from avocado, add to blender
- Add in the jalapeno, leave the seeds if you want spice (you can also add them later if it's not spicy enough)
- Add in the cilantro and salt, blend until smooth. Taste and adjust if necessary
- *Halve the recipe for only 1 cup of salsa