In the early days of our marriage, The Hubs and I used to frequent a local Mexican deli. The deli was in the middle of a warehouse district and was teeny tiny with only 4 tables to sit at but they had the most delicious food and friendly staff. One of my favorite things about the deli was their “salsa bar”. I would order the same meal every time I went (a chorizo burrito) and then I would head on over to the salsa bar and fill little cups with different types of salsa. My favorite was the salsa verde. I had never had fresh salsa verde before, only the kind you buy in a jar, and there is no comparing the two. The fresh salsa verde was flavorful and zingy with the delicious flavors of cilantro, lime, garlic and tomatillos.
I would occasionally get The Hubs to buy a deli container of salsa verde for me, but it wasn’t cheap and so usually it was reserved for when we were eating at the deli only. We regularly made homemade Pico de Gallo at home but for some reason it never occurred to me to make salsa verde at home… until recently…
In June, 3 things happened right in a row– My brand new Breville Sous Chef 12 arrived in the mail, I found tomatillos at our local grocery store and Turtle’s birthday party was coming up and we were having a taco bar. Do you think the universe was trying to tell me something? I did! It was time to whip up a Mexican feast and try making homemade salsa verde for the first time!
After playing with the recipe a bit, I think I perfected it. It’s just as delicious as I remember the salsa verde at the Mexican deli to be and I love that I can play with the jalapeño to give it a bit more spice if I want to!
Before I share the recipe with you, I want to tell you a bit more about the Breville Sous Chef 12. My sister got married recently, and like most “brides to be” she registered for a stand mixer and then waited in anticipation to see if anyone bought it for them for a wedding gift.
As someone who loves her kitchen appliances my question to my sister was “What about your food processor? You did register for one of those didn’t you? Which one did you register for? How many cups is it? What kind of blades does it come with?”
Why did I ask her about a food processor when she was talking about a stand mixer? I think everyone gets caught up about getting a stand mixer, and stand mixers are great, I love mine! But I use my stand mixer once or twice a month… I use my food processor almost every single day! A good food processor is worth it’s weight in gold!
Want to know what I used my food processor for over the last week?
- I grated 40 pounds of zucchini from our garden to freeze for making chocolate chip zucchini bread over the winter.
- I turned sugar into powdered sugar because it dissolves better in iced tea.
- I grated cheese to make quesadillas.
- I made a lemon grass, cilantro, garlic, ginger, coconut milk marinade for some delicious BBQ’d chicken.
- I used it to combine the ingredients for lemon blueberry scones.
- I ground up strawberries for strawberry lemonade syrup.
- I made homemade salsa.
- I made homemade pesto.
- I made homemade salsa verde.
I love Breville products and when our old food processor (not Breville) bit the dust, it was a no brainer for us to upgrade to a Breville Sous Chef 12. The features that made it an easy choice were:
- 12 cup work bowl
- The 3 feed shoot that makes it easy to feed through all different sizes of food from big hunks of zucchini to thin carrots
- The adjustable slicer that lets you customize how thick or thin you want your food sliced (Oh my goodness this is AMAZING).
- The dough blade (a must if you want to bake using your food processor)
- The grating attachment
- The heavy duty motor
When I received it I was also shocked to hear how quiet the motor is! Here is an instagram video of me making the salsa verde.
On to our recipe… Salsa verde is a delicious, basic recipe that can be used in a variety of ways! Top your favorite Mexican meals with it or serve with grilled fish, chicken, beef or pork. It’s so yummy! Ready to learn how to make homemade salsa verde?
Quick and Easy Salsa Verde Recipe
- 1 pound of tomatillos, husks removed and washed (Approximately 4 or 5 medium sized tomatillos)
- 1 jalapeño, cut in half lengthwise (add more or less depending on how spicy you like your salsa)
- 4 cloves of garlic (leave skin on for roasting)
- 1/2 medium onion, peeled
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- Juice from 1 lime
- Pinch of salt
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Lay tomatillos, jalapeño, garlic and onion on a baking sheet. Roast on the top rack of your stove for 15 minutes. (Note: I do this in my Breville Smart Oven instead of heating the whole house using the big oven.)
3. When your ingredients are done roasting the tomatillos should have turned a yellowish green color. Remove the peel from the garlic and place all roasted ingredients along with the cilantro, lime juice and salt into the food processor.
4. Blend until smooth.
5. Chill in your refrigerator.
6. Enjoy this easy salsa verde recipe! Serve with chips, tacos, burritos or as a topping on your favorite grilled meat!
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- 1 pound of tomatillos husks removed and washed (Approximately 4 or 5 medium sized tomatillos)
- 1 jalapeño cut in half lengthwise (add more or less depending on how spicy you like your salsa)
- 4 cloves of garlic leave skin on for roasting
- 1/2 medium onion peeled
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- Juice from 1 lime
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Lay tomatillos, jalapeño, garlic and onion on a baking sheet. Roast on the top rack of your stove for 15 minutes. (Note: I do this in my Breville Smart Oven instead of heating the whole house using the big oven.)
- When your ingredients are done roasting the tomatillos should have turned a yellowish green color. Remove the peel from the garlic and place all roasted ingredients along with the cilantro, lime juice and salt into the food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
- Chill in your refrigerator (though this is also pretty yummy served hot!)
- Enjoy! Serve with chips, tacos, burritos or as a topping on your favorite grilled meat!
Tell me… Do you have a food processor? What’s your favorite thing to make with it? Have you ever made salsa verde before?
Disclosure: Thank you to Breville Canada for working with us on this post. As with every article on Hello Creative Family, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.