The Easiest Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

 Are you ready for the easiest roasted tomatillo salsa recipe?

Tomatillo salsa (aka salsa verde) is a classic Mexican recipe. You can make it with raw vegetables, boiled, or roasted.

Personally, I like it best when tomatillos are roasted because it adds some toasty, caramelized flavors that are really tasty!

So if you’re looking for your new favorite homemade salsa recipe, grab some tomatillos and let’s get started!

molcajete with roasted tomatillo salsa

Is it better to boil or roast tomatillos?

The most authentic salsa verde features boiled tomatillos. This creates a bright, acidic flavor that goes great with steak and other meaty flavors.

But personally, I like roasting tomatillos better. It creates a deeper, more complex flavor and cools down some of the acidity. And it helps add interest to simple meals like rice and beans.

What to serve with roasted tomatillo salsa?

Salsa is a great way to add extra vegetables to any meal.

With that in mind, this roasted salsa verde recipe goes well with a wide variety of dishes.

Here are my top choices to pair with this roasted tomatillo salsa recipe:

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo salsa with roasted flavor
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: salsa, tomatillo
Servings: 16


Main Ingredients

  • 5 tomatillos husks removed
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 0.5 tsp salt


Recipe Steps

  • Turn broiler on (or heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Once preheated, place all ingredients except salt, under broiler
    5 tomatillos, 1 jalapeño, 1 garlic clove
  • Broil until skin is blistered, approximately 5 minutes
  • Remove from broiler. Place ingredients into blender.
  • Blend on high until smooth. Add salt to taste.
    0.5 tsp salt
  • Serve with tacos or raw vegetable strips.


Salsa is one of my favorite ways to eat vegetables in Mexican food.

Tomatillos are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium (1)! Plus, this authentic roasted tomatillo salsa recipe includes other veggies like chile and garlic.

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