Authentic Mexican salsa verde

This recipe for salsa verde is authentic Mexican, delicious, and filled with health benefits. The perfect combination between the roasted tomatillos and roasted garlic makes this salsa incredibly delicious to finish tacos, quesadillas, or enjoy corn tortilla chips.

I grew up eating freshly made salsas in every meal. There were always hand-made tortillas at the center of the table, “queso fresco,” and any Mexican salsa.

Authentic Mexican salsa makes everything better right? My favorite recipe has always been this roasted tomatillo, roasted garlic, and serrano pepper recipe.

But there are a million salsa recipes out there, and the beauty of all is that there is no wrong way to prepare them. For example, a Mexican salsa verde can be made with: raw tomatillos, roasted tomatillos, steamed, or boiled ones. You can cook the cilantro or use fresh cilantro. I mean, there is no wrong way to make it; it will always taste good.

I mean, as long as it is salsa verde and I have the extra little touch of spicy magic in every dish, I’m happy.

Tomatillos in a bowl to make mexican salsa verde

How to use salsa verde?

This tomatillo salsa recipe is easy to prepare, and it has a lot of different uses. You could use it as a base for a:

benefits of making homemade Mexican salsa verde

One of the benefits of making your batch of this Mexican salsa at home is that we are eating tons of antioxidants, vitamins, and good stuff for our body without even noticing. YES! This roasted tomatillo salsa verde is also good for you! Another reason to enjoy it.


Did you know that cilantro helps our body get rid of heavy metals in our bodies? 

This is another reason for us to eat freshly made Mexican food, don't you think?
roasted tomatillos , garlic and serrano peppers on a griddle

Tips, tricks & other recipes:

  • DON’T FOLLOW MY EXACT RECIPE. Use my recipe as a guide. Taste while making it and make adjustments until it tastes good to you. Make this recipe your own.
  • How to roast the tomatillos? Roast the tomatillos until they change color. When they char, they turn into a lighter green. They also turn soft to the touch.
  • How to roast the garlic? Leave the peel ( the paper-like peel around the clove) on the garlic cloves. This will protect them from getting burned. Garlic, when burned, turns bitter, and we don’t want that.
  • How much cilantro should I use? Use the whole bunch of cilantro, leaves, and stems. In the stems is where all of the flavor and magic are. Just remove the roots.
  • Can you double the recipe? YES! Double this recipe and use it for soup (a green posole will be great), for enchiladas, to season refried beans, or any other Mexican food you have in mind.
  • Give it a twist and add diced avocado to it and serve with organic corn chips. This becomes the perfect after-school snack.
  • Mexican recipes to finish with this salsa. This will be GREAT with a spoonful of salsa verde :
a bunch of cilantro

So here is the recipe for this AMAZING and HEALTHY authentic Mexican salsa verde, and I hope you like it as much as I do. If you do, please share the blog and upload a picture of your salsa on Instagram so we can all see it.  Do you follow me on  Pinterest? I would love to see you over there as well.

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Authentic Mexican salsa verde

This recipe for Mexican salsa verde is authentic, super easy to make and tastes great with everything. The combination of fresh ingredients and roasted ingredients makes it different from other classic recipes and delicious.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Mexican vegan, salsa
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 personas
Calories 9 kcal


  • 4-5 tomatillos
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 serrano chili peppers
  • a bunch of cilantro
  • pinch of salt


To make it in the oven.

  • Roast the tomatillos, garlic cloves, and serrano peppers in the oven at 350ºF until golden brown.
  • Then put them in the blender with a big pinch of salt and cilantro. Taste for seasoning, adjust if necessary.

To prepare on the stove.

  • Roast the tomatillos, the serrano chile peppers and garlic on a pan or skillet.
  • Blend the cooked tomatillos, serrano pepper, garlic cloves with the fresh cilantro and the salt. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.



Remember to leave the skin on garlic while it roasts; this protects it from burning on the inside.


Calories: 9kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword salsa verde


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Brenda Gonzalez

5 stars
Love salsa verde! Well honestly I love Mexican food. I can eat the salsa verde on top of chicken. Delicious.!

5 stars
With this post I learned how to toast the tomatillos, I did not know! Thank you so much!

Angelica Moreno

5 stars
Que delicia, no sabía que se hacia así


5 stars
This is a family favorite at our house too. I put onion in mine and TONS of cilantro. Going to have to try your version. xo


5 stars
I just love salsa Verde specially over tacos. But what I like the most is how you can use it to make many other dishes.


5 stars
No sabia que la salsa verde es un antioxidante. Yo adoro la salsa verde

Silvia Martinez

5 stars
Salsa verde is so versatile, we add it to tacos, tortas, tostadas, in soup, etc. Love it!

Enriqueta Lemoine

5 stars
I love salsa verde. It’s a must and a staple in my kitchen.