Tomatillo Salsita

Tomatillo Salsita

3 cups
Pati Jinich
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chiles de arbol, cilantro, garlic, onion, pati's mexican table, Tomatillo Salsita, tomatillos
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Tomatillo Salsita recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 3 “Taco Night”


  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 chile de arbol, or more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, leaves and upper part of stems
  • 1 thin slice of white onion, or about 2 tablespoons roughly chopped white onion

To Prepare

  • In a medium saucepan, place the tomatillos, chile de arbol and garlic clove. If you are unsure of how much heat you want, add 2 chiles de arbol. Cover generously with water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked and tomatillos are mushy, but not coming apart.
  • Transfer the tomatillos, garlic and 1 chile de arbol to a blender. Add the cilantro, onion and salt. Puree until smooth. Taste for salt and adjust if need be. If you want more heat, add the second chile de arbol.

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  1. Hi Pati!
    I’m addicted to your show and have enjoyed your recipes so much! I finally made the tomatillo salsita and my husband and I love it! We feel like we never need to buy a salsa from the store again! How should we properly store the salsa and how long will it last?

    1. So glad to hear you loved the Salsita Marissa. You can store it in a container with a lid for up to a week in the fridge, or you can save it for later by freezing it.

  2. Hi Pati,
    Can I substitute a serrano chile for the chile de arbol? On your show when you were making a green salsa, you said you make it 4-5 times a week. Is this the recipe or was it one of your cooked salsa verde recipes? Thanks for your great show!

  3. I made the salsa and I enjoyed it. I paired it with the Bricklayer taco and it was delicious. After cooking the beef on the stove top, I placed it in the crock pot on low for about an hour.

  4. Patti, great salsa! Easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Also, enjoy watching you prepare salsas and useing the word “mushie” and other words like that on TV. I was just reading the recipe and the word was listed as mushy, not the same nor as endearing. 🙂 Sylvieann

  5. Hola Pati!
    I love all your recipes and have been enjoying working with tomatillos! My hubby (a Colorado native) loves your recipes, too! I made this salsita yesterday and it was so delicious! I took it out of the fridge today, and it had solidified. Any idea what happened? Can I prevent this?
    Muchos gracias in advance!

  6. Pati I love your show. Today I watch your for Tacos for dinner. I went right to the computer print your receipts, but the tacos al Pastor print out the receipt except for achiote adobo marinade . It says rec eipt follows. I have your patismexican table, would it be in there or what book would it be in, i’ll just buy it., if i have too. You have a fan here. Thank You Billie Luber

  7. Hi Patti, I made your tomatillo salsa and it was great. Since, I saw on another cooking show where instead of boiling the garlic and tomatillo’s, they grilled them and charred them a little on the outside. Have you ever done this and what would be the flavor difference.
    Thanks, Gary

  8. Pati,
    You’re a ROCK STAR! Everything you do is Awesome! Thank you for teaching me to make my favorite foods. I just made your tomatillo salsalita, I will never buy it from the jar ever again!

  9. Hola Pati,
    I love your tv show! You make me want to get in my kitchen and cook!
    Who did your intro music for your show? It sounds so much like a local San Antonio v group.

    Happy Cooking!


      1. Great song but super short. It only has four lines:
        Give me, give me your chocolate.
        Give me, give me your piloncillo (unrefined sugar).
        Give me, give me your chocolate.
        Give me, give me your heart.

        One commenter mentioned roasting the tomatillos first. I have a cookbook with another variant. After all the ingredients come out of the blender they go into a pot with hot oil and are simmered for a few minutes.

        I guess every great TV chef needs a signature word. Emeril has BAM!! and you have “Mooshie”. LOL!!

        I love your show, especially exploring Mexico. I have been to several of those places, especially Oaxaca, Merida and Guadalajara now regret not knowing about some great places I could have explored. I love the pyramids and have climbed Chicheniza , twice, Uxmal and Coba. The restaraunt at Uxmal has the puerco pibil , the famous Yucatan dish cooked in a pit

  10. Hello Pati. I watched your show on Saturday and went out today and got all the ingedients to make the tomatillo salsa. Followed you instructions and it came out perfect. Thank you so much!!!! I will never buy salsa at the market again. Love your show. Keep up the good work.

  11. Querida Pati, To say I enjoy ur show is to minimize how I feel. U r creative & imaginative while staying true to the Mexican spirit. So much of what u do reminds me of my abuelita’s kitchen & her delicious gifts to us. Thank u so much for sharing ur enthusiasm & obvious love of cooking. I will continue to watch ur show & use ur recipes to nourish my soul.
    Bobbie Jasmer Escamilla

    1. Hey Bobbie, you are so very kind. Thank you for your delightful message and for watching my show: I give it my very best on each single episode.

  12. Hola Pati!

    My husband started to record your show for me. I didn’t know you had a cooking show. I love it!! My daughters love to watch, as well. I enjoy when you film in Mexico. I spent many summers traveling there with my family from childhood to adulthood. It’s a beautiful beloved country.

    I’ll be sure to make this salsa. We can never get enough of any salsa at our home. I plan on trying your Brunch Enchiladas, too. I know they will be a hit. Thank you for sharing your passion for Mexican food.

    1. Hola Liz, Thank you for writing to me and, please, thank your husband for recording my show! I hope the recipes bring back many memories!!

  13. Patti, I love youor cooking because your recipes are so true to your show. I love seeing your family and would love to see them more often. I love the boys as they remind me of my grandkids aged 12, 11 and 4. Good luck to your shows. – Rita