salsa verde or tomatillo salsa

cilantroqueso frescotomatillo

Salsa Verde with Avocado and Queso Fresco

Salsa Verde with Avocado and Queso Fresco

Salsa Verde con Aguacate y Queso Fresco

Recipe Yield

2 cups

Cooking time

22 minutes

Rate this recipe

5 from 5 votes


  • 1 lb tomatillos husks removed and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 or 2 chiles serranos can adjust for desired spiciness level
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 tbsp white onion roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt or to taste
  • 1/2 lb queso fresco diced or can use farmer’s cheese or mild feta instead
  • 1 ripe Mexican avocado halved, pitted and sliced or cut into chunks
  • Warm corn tortillas or tortilla chips

To Prepare

  • Place tomatillos in a sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the tomatillos are soft and mushy, but not coming apart, about 10 minutes.
  • Place the tomatillos, garlic, chiles serranos (add one by one to taste for spiciness desired and adjust the heat as you go), cilantro, onion and salt in the blender. Blend until smooth. You may also mash it all up in a molcajete.
  • Serve in a bowl or molcajete, along with the queso fresco and avocado slices. Offer warm corn tortillas or tortilla chips on the side.
  • This salsa may be used to spoon on top of thousands of things; including tacos, quesadillas, eggs in the morning, or grilled meats.


4comments inSalsa Verde with Avocado and Queso Fresco

  1. Allison

    Jan 30

    Pati, It is just about impossible to get authentic salsa verde here in Australia, so I have grown my own tomatillos and they are such a beautiful looking fruit in the garden. I just picked my first big crop and have made the salsa…delicious. I think I over-cooked them as they were falling apart at the 8 minute mark when I checked them, so I will know for next time. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Yay Allison, bravo! Find here in the website many more recipes that call for tomatillos, you will love them!

  2. Lisa Green

    Jun 16

    This salsa Verde is fantastic! I love it so much that I grow my own tomatillos every summer.

    1. Pati

      Jun 18

      Amazing! I hope your crop is great this summer, Lisa.

  3. Dustin Pope

    Feb 13

    How long will this keep?

    1. Pati

      Feb 16

      Hi Dustin, The salsa verde itself will keep in a tightly sealed container in your refrigerator for a week. Add the avocado and queso fresco right before you serve.

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