Tomatillo Salsa

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UploadedNovember 6, 2009
TakenNovember 6, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/3 sec at f/6.3
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chile piquín (140,000 Scoville units)
chile cascabel ( 11,000 Scoville units)
chile japonés (very similar to Cayenne in terms of heat)
green onions, chopped
cilantro, chopped
pepper, ground
cumin, ground
coriander, ground

1. Prepare the tomatillos by removing the husk. Fill up a container with water and move tomatillos around. Drain water. Repeat two times. This removes the bitterness of the tomatillos.

2. Boil the tomatillos until they turn translucent yellow/green. (About 8-10 minutes.)

3. Toast chiles on low for some smokiness; turn them frequently or they will burn, so keep an eye.

4.Put about ½ cup of the water where tomatillos boiled in a blender, add toasted chiles and a pinch of ground pepper, cumin, coriander, and salt. Add a clove of garlic if you’d like. Then blend.

5. Next add the tomatillos to the blender and blend for a few seconds, otherwise you’ll end up with puree. Pour contents in a container.

6. Lastly, add chopped cilantro and green onions and mix. Enjoy!

Heat factor: you decide how much of each chiles to add. I use the chile japones as the main chile, which you can substitute with cayenne, also known as chile de arbol. Go easy with the little piquín peppers because they are very hot. The chile cascabel adds a different layer of flavor. Add a dry habanero if you dare.

P.S. For a killer guacamole, cut two ripe avocadoes and add to this a few tablespoons of the salsa; a little bit of garlic salt, pepper, and some lime juice.

12 responses

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (6 Nov 2009):

    Great shot!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (6 Nov 2009):

    Great how you have all the ingredients laid out in such a nice comp!

  • Anaelle Trojak

    Anaelle Trojak (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2009):

    Foto digna de un gran libro de recetas! Todo es perfecto! (salvo mi español qui he vuelto muy malo despuès de 6 años)

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2009):

    Great shot and thanks for the receipe. Excellant POV.

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (8 Nov 2009):

    Wonderful composition! Thanks for the recipie!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (8 Nov 2009):

    We grew tomatillos in our garden this year, and now I've got a recipe for them to have fun with! Thanks. This photo suggests that you are a very organized cook. I hate that.

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (10 Nov 2009):


  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (14 Nov 2009):

    thanks for the recipe, great photo set-up too!

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (16 Nov 2009):

    thaks, I'll try... beautifil photo!

  • Marie-Suzanne Nunes

    Marie-Suzanne Nunes gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Great capture for the theme!

  • Hunaid H

    Hunaid H gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Cool, you can cook pictures and an apetite too.

  • Kong Wenjing

    Kong Wenjing gave props (19 Nov 2009):


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