Quick Easy to Make Authentic Tomatillo Chipotle Salsa

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Quick Easy to Make Authentic Tomatillo Chipotle Salsa - Serving www.compassandfork.comWho doesn’t like a fresh, home-made salsa to liven up their cooking or diet? Salsa is one of those flexible, healthy, basic condiments every home cook should master. And this authentic tomatillo chipotle salsa is sure to bring the house down with its smoky, yet fresh and invigorating flavor. It is a little bit warm without being overly hot.

Flexible because, it can be consumed fresh as is, as a great summer appetizer with corn chips, blue corn tortillas, flatbreads and the like. Or it can be added to other dishes, such as fish tacos or even Mexican-style stews for a little bit of added depth of flavor.

It’s healthy too. Make it yourself and there will be no nasty “additives” so you are in complete control of your diet, knowing exactly what you are putting in your mouth.

The two main ingredients for our salsa are naturally the tomatillos and chipotle peppers. If you aren’t familiar with these ingredients read on to learn more.

Tomatillo

A small round green-colored fruit, it is also known as the Mexican husk tomato, due to the fact it grows in a fine paper-like husk. Small tomatillos, have a tart flavor.

Tomatillos are very common in Mexican cuisine, especially any green salsa or green chili. They are a type of nightshade. The nightshade family includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and peppers (capsicums) which includes chili peppers and bell pepper varieties.

Tomatillos have been cultivated in Mexico for centuries and were considered an important food source in Mayan and Aztec cultures.


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When in season, you can often find them fresh at a farmer’s market or specialty, Mexican grocery stores. For our recipe, they were not in season and we used a can of tomatillos. This works just as well and can be more convenient depending on where you live.

Chipotle Peppers

Chipotle peppers are made by smoking jalapeno peppers. They are commonly added to Mexican or South- Western dishes to add smoky and hot flavor. BBQ sauce, spice rubs, hot sauces and salsa, are all common uses for chipotle peppers.

If you are keen you can make these at home from fresh jalapenos. They are cold-smoked slowly in a smoker for 8-16 hours. The other alternative is to buy the dried version and just add water to reconstitute them. I am not sure I could get them as good as the commercially dried ones so this is one ingredient I am happy to just buy. If you try making them at home, let us know how they turn out.

They are quite hot, just like a jalapeno pepper, so use sparingly. You can always add more if you want it hotter.

Authentic Tomatillo Chipotle Salsa

For the main 2 ingredients, chipotle peppers and tomatillos you can find both of these ingredients at any Mexican grocer or food stockist. When these 2 ingredients are combined with cilantro (coriander), tomato, salad (red) onion, garlic, lime juice and sea salt you will have a salsa representing the real flavors of Mexico.

Our authentic tomatillo chipotle salsa is only 5 minutes work to prepare and ideally works best if you have a food processor, but we have made it with a mortar and pestle and achieved great results.

I hope you enjoy the salsa! It goes brilliantly with blue corn tortillas and fish tacos.

 

 

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Enjoy the smoky flavor of chipotle peppers coupled with the fresh taste of tomatillos and tomatoes. Easy to make and great to eat as an appetizer or to add to your favorite Mexican dish for a bit of attitude.
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4people 5minutes 20minutes
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4people 5minutes
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  1. Soak the chipotle peppers in warm water for at least 20 minutes. Then roughly chop the cilantro, soaked chipotle peppers, tomatillos, tomato, red onion and garlic.
  2. Place in a food processor and process for 20 seconds. You could also use a mortar and pestle. Taste for seasoning and add sea salt, if desired. Add the lime juice and process for a further 10 seconds. Place in a bowl and keep in the refrigerator until needed.
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10 Responses

  1. Mary Ellen
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    I love tomatillos and mixing them with chipotles sounds fabulous!

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      We enjoyed it. So smoky.

  2. Fareeha
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    Wow! What a beautiful and lovely salsa recipe is this. I am totally in love with this and gonna try it soon enough.

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      Good on you Fareeha, I hope you enjoy it. It is a great smoky flavor.

  3. Homemade salsa is one of those foods that makes it totally feel like summer the first batch I make every year! I’m really loving this tomatillo salsa, it’s on my list to try this season!

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      You’ll love it Kelly. Such an easy salsa to make for a bit of summer entertaining.

  4. Amanda Mason
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    So placing it in a food processor gives it that “Restaurant Style” …I need to try this recipe!! Love the way you talked about tomatillos!

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      If I am adding the salsa as a sauce for tacos then I do like to use a food processor for a short time only. Give it a whizz and see what you think.

  5. Anne Murphy
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    What a wonderful combination! I don’t see tomatillos very often (and when I do I’m not always sure what to do with them) but this sounds perfect, with the smoky flavor of chipotle (which I do have…)

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      You’ll be surprised how good it is. It is a very Mexican combination and great corn chips or in a fish taco.

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