Authentic Spicy Salsa Verde Recipe

Authentic Spicy Salsa Verde Recipe

Embark on a culinary adventure with this authentic spicy Salsa Verde recipe, a staple in Mexican cuisine. This green sauce, made from roasted tomatillos and chili peppers, offers a delightful combination of tanginess, heat, and freshness, making it an excellent companion for a myriad of dishes including tacos, grilled meats, and enchiladas. By following this recipe, you’ll create a salsa that’s not only vibrant and flavorful but also imbued with the essence of traditional Mexican cooking.

Authentic Spicy Salsa Verde Recipe


  • 1 lb tomatillos, husked and washed
  • 2-3 jalapeño peppers (or more, depending on heat preference)
  • 1 large white onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional, to balance acidity)


  1. Roast the Vegetables: Preheat your oven’s broiler. Arrange tomatillos, jalapeños, onion quarters, and garlic cloves on a baking sheet. Broil for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables start to char on the top side. Flip the vegetables and broil for an additional 5 minutes, until evenly charred. This process enhances the salsa’s depth of flavor.
  2. Blend the Salsa: Once the vegetables are roasted and slightly cooled, peel the garlic. Remove the stems (and seeds, if you prefer a milder salsa) from the jalapeños. Transfer the roasted vegetables to a blender, including the cilantro leaves and lime juice. Add salt to taste and sugar if using. Blend until the mixture reaches your desired consistency, either smooth or slightly chunky.
  3. Adjust Seasoning: Taste the salsa and adjust the seasoning with additional salt, lime juice, or cilantro, as needed. If the salsa is too tart, the sugar can help balance the flavors.
  4. Chill Before Serving: For the best flavor, refrigerate the salsa for at least 1 hour before serving. This resting period allows the flavors to meld together.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Your spicy Salsa Verde is now ready to be enjoyed! Serve it with chips, drizzle over tacos, or use it as a vibrant topping for grilled meats. The salsa can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Tips for Perfect Salsa Verde:

  • Tomatillos: Choose firm and bright green tomatillos for a tangy and fresh flavor.
  • Consistency: For a thinner salsa, you can add a few tablespoons of water during the blending process.
  • Roasting: Keep an eye on the vegetables while broiling to prevent them from burning, as this could introduce a bitter flavor.
  • Heat Level: Control the heat by adjusting the number of jalapeños and deciding whether to include their seeds.

This authentic spicy Salsa Verde recipe captures the vibrant flavors of Mexican cuisine, offering a perfect balance of heat, tanginess, and freshness. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or new to Mexican cooking, this salsa is sure to add a delicious kick to your culinary creations.


Looking for something different? Try a new search for exciting recipes!

Spicy Appetizers
Salsas & Dips
Spicy Finger Foods
Hot Soups
Spicy Salads
Spicy Breads
Seafood Delights
Meatballs & Patties
Vegetarian Bites
Cheese Delights
Hot Dipping Sauces
Spicy Main Courses
Chicken Dishes
Beef Entrees
Pork Creations
Seafood Mains
Vegetarian Meals
Pasta & Noodles
Rice Dishes
Pizza & Flatbreads
Stews & Chilis
International Hot Dishes
Spicy Side Dishes
Hot Vegetables
Spicy Rice & Grains
Potato Dishes
Legumes & Beans
Breads & Rolls
Dips & Sauces
Stuffed Vegetables
Fritters & Pancakes
Spicy Snacks
Hot Chips & Fries
Spicy Nuts & Seeds
Popcorn Variations
Cheese Snacks
Fruit Snacks
Energy Bites
Vegetable Chips
Sandwiches & Wraps
Spicy Sweets
Spicy Desserts
Hot Cakes & Brownies
Spicy Ice Creams & Sorbets
Spicy Cookies & Biscuits
Fruit Desserts
Puddings & Mousses
Pies & Tarts
Spicy Beverages
Jams & Preserves
Candies & Sweets
Spicy Syrups & Sauces

Recommended links:
The Ultimate Chicken Recipe Collection