Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa is a wonderfully creamy salsa is combines fresh tomatillos and avocados. It’s Salsa Verde that is taken to the next level.
Post originally from 9/24/2009, Photos updated 5/27/2019
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I swear that since we are so busy we often make dinner of chips and salsa a thing. Maybe too often? NOPE!!! NEVER!!! Gimme chips and salsa every day of the week please!
Store bought salsa can be great, especially the ones from Trader Joe’s. Oh man, I love their salsas. But, homemade salsa is going to be sooooo much better.
By making it yourself, you are making it fresh and to your desired taste. There are times when I want to eat a pile of chips and salsa and don’t want it too spicy. And there are time when I want some really hot salsa just to lightly drizzle over some tacos.
Thankfully, Price’s brother and sister-in-law, Chase and Heather, gave us The Great Salsa Book by Mark Miller last Christmas. I was so excited to get this book because Mill used t own the Coyote Cafe in Sante Fe. My mom and I went to Santa Fe in Oct of ’07 and we ate there. The food we had there was amazing, along with all the other places we ate.
Well, I have been referring to this awesome salsa book when we are making tacos because it’s great to try different salsas with the different tacos we enjoy. The book has so many types of salsas- from mild to hot, ones with dried peppers and others with fruit.
Now, my Party Pico de Gallo is awesome, but my favorite kind of salsa is Salsa Verde. I love the smoothness of it, vs a chunky salsa. And I love how it is a bit more tart than the traditional tomato based salsa. This Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa, goes beyond that with flavors! So good!
Tomatillos might look like tomatoes, but they are actually a fruit. Well, tomatoes are too, but that’s not the point. I’m only bringing that up, to say that they don’t taste like tomatoes. They have a tangy, citrusy flavor. Tomatillos add a nice acidic flavor to dishes.
Now, the addition of avocado to the salsa mellows that citrusy flavor out. Think your favorite salsa verde, but creamier, dreamier version of it.
Get your chips ready! Get your tacos ready!!! Oh boy, oh boy! You are going to love this Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa!
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What is a Tomatillo?
A tomatillo is a fruit, just like a tomato. It resembles a unripe green tomato in it’s appearance, once the husk is removed, but tastes so different.
They have a slight citrus, tangy flavor. Tomatillos provide a great acidic flavor to dishes.
How can you prepare tomatillos?
You can use tomatillos in their raw form, or you can cook them.
In their fresh raw form, they have a bright and tangy flavor. They are traditionally used in salsas, but are also great in vinaigrettes or just thinly sliced, and enjoyed like caprese salad.
When cooked, their tangy flavors mellow out. You can roast them, grill them, or braise them.
How can you prevent Avocados from turning brown?
If you happen to want to half this recipe, you will only nee dot use half of an avocado. Then you have a lovely half of an avocado that will likely turn brown. Oh no!
You can slow down this process by spraying the exposed face of the avocado with non-stick cooking spray (do not use ones with flour in it. Don’t have a spray? Then, gently rub it with a bit of oil with your hand. Then, tightly wrap it up with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Let’s say you don’t have oil on hand, then you can put it under some running water. Then, tightly wrap it up with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- 1 pound tomatillos
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 to 1 jalapeno, depending on desired spice
- 2/3 cup of cilantro leaves (1 large bunch)
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- pinch of salt
- Remove the wrapper around the tomatillos. Rinse in warm water to remove the sticky film on the fruit. Roughly chop the tomatillos.
- Pit and slice the avocado.
- Combine all ingredients into a food processor or blender, and puree.