For the Salsa Queen | Tomatillo Salsa

October 17, 2011
Today is my Mama's birthday. This year she would be turning 54! Crazy to think about, really. It's been 8 years without her, and with this month being Breast Cancer Awareness month, she is especially on my mind.

I love and remember so many things about her, but one thing that stands out to me and many others was my mother's affinity for making killer good salsa. She was an amazing cook - so imaginative and creative - and she really shined when it came to recipe writing. Her salsa was her own creation, something that was never the same twice. To honor my mama, here's my own adaptation - a seriously delicious recipe for Tomatillo Salsa. If you haven't ventured far with tomatillos, you are missing out! Easy to prepare, delicious to savor. We found our basket at the farmer's market this weekend and I knew salsa was in our near future....enjoy.

adapted from Simply Recipes


Basket of Tomatillos (approx 1-2 lbs), roasted
1/2 Cup Cilantro Leaves, roughly chopped
1 Large Tomato, chopped
1/2 White Onion, diced
2 Medium Jalapenos, diced
Salt to taste

Remove husks from tomatillos. Cut into chunks and broil until lightly charred. 

Add all ingredients to food processor (or blender) and pulse until well combined. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow flavors to meld.

Serve with tortilla chips and chicken tacos.


  1. What lens are you using here, Jessica? Love your pictures :)

  2. THanks Ellen! I use a 50mm 1.8 for most of my pictures.

  3. I just made it! I need a taste tester...