This Mexican-style Avocado Tomatillo Salsa is a smoky, spicy, tangy, yet sweet condiment that you’ll want to eat by the spoonful! With a wave of freshness in every bite, you’ll be whipping up this wholesome salsa verde whenever you get the chance.
Chunky Green Chile Tomatillo Salsa With Avocado
You’re about to start going through tortilla chips at a record pace. This quick and easy tomatillo salsa is insanely refreshing! From the creamy avocado to the juicy grilled corn, each ingredient charms your taste buds with a new layer of flavor.
The chunky texture of the sauce is just as satisfying – the creamy, juicy elements are beautifully balanced by a light crunch. Whether you use your salsa as a nacho topping, a taco filling, or an enchilada sauce, you’ll want to make it a permanent feature of the dish. Just try not to use it all up in one sitting! Psych! Use up, eat up as much as you want, boo! Summer is for foodie-fun! 🤩
Is Green Salsa Hotter Than Red?
There are too many factors at play for this question to have a clear answer. Red salsa tends to be hotter in general, but it all depends on the kind of chile used. 🌶
This salsa is made with a poblano chili, which has a mild heat (similar to that of an Anaheim pepper). Chances are, it’s not quite as spicy as your go-to red salsa. If you’d like to crank up the heat, stir in some red pepper chili flakes or use a jalapeño instead.
What You’ll Need
Enough talk! Let’s dive into this life-changing recipe. Check out the full version toward the end of this post for specific amounts.
- Fresh Corn: Shucked, husks removed.
- Poblano Chile
- Tomatillos: Husked.
- Avocados: Hass avocados are available year-round, and I highly recommend using them for your salsa. Cut them in half, pit them, peel them and roughly chop them up.
- Red Onion: Rinsed, dried and finely chopped.
- Chopped Fresh Cilantro
- Salt: To enhance the flavors of all those fresh ingredients.
How to Make Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
This crave worthy salsa comes together in no time. If you can’t use your outdoor grill, grab that stovetop grill pan.
- Heat Grill: Preheat your gas grill to medium.
- Grill Corn: Grill the corn, turning it occasionally, until it’s golden on all sides. This will take about 5 minutes. Let the grilled corn cool completely.
- Transfer to Bowl: Cut the kernels from the cob and transfer them to a large bowl.
- Grill Chile & Tomatillos: Grill the poblano chile and tomatillos, turning them every so often, until the skins are nicely charred. This will take around 10 minutes. Let the grilled veggies cool.
- Prep Chile for Salsa: Use your fingers to peel the charred skin from the pepper. Remove the stem, core and seeds.
- Chop & Mix With Corn: Chop the chile into small chunks and combine it with the corn.
- Add Tomatillos: Finely chop the tomatillos and add them to the corn mixture.
- Add Remaining Ingredients: Add the avocado, onion, cilantro and salt. 👇
- Mash Avocado: Coarsely mash the avocado.
- Stir & Serve: Stir your salsa until all of the ingredients are combined. Serve it immediately.
Tips for Success
Use these helpful tips to make sure your tomatillo salsa hits the mark.
- Check for Ripeness: Make sure your tomatillos aren’t too hard, too squishy or yellowed. The avocados should be firm but not hard and free of brown spots. Using fresh, ripe ingredients is the best way to ensure top-notch results.
- Utilize Tongs: Use tongs to turn the corn, chile and tomatillos while they’re grilling. This allows you to keep your hands far away from the open flames.
- Let the Veggies Cool: Don’t forget to let all of the grilled components cool completely. You don’t want to prepare the salsa while anything is hot.
How to Use Salsa Verde
There are endless ways to serve this nourishing condiment – you really can’t go wrong! Here are a few mouthwatering ideas:
- Add It to Taco Bowls
- Use It for Baked Salsa Chicken
- Pair It With Grilled Pork Tenderloin
- Spoon It Over Scrambled Eggs
- Add It to Quesadillas
- Use It As a Dip
- Mix It Into Mac and Cheese
- …clearly, endless possibilities! 💯
- Store leftover tomatillo salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. The acidity from the tomatillos should stop the avocado from browning as quickly, but it’s best to use a container with minimal extra space (mason jars are great for this). If you don’t have a small enough container, you can press a piece of plastic wrap onto the surface of the sauce.
Can I Freeze Salsa?
- Believe it or not, you can! Place the salsa into a small container and freeze it for up to 1 month.
- Thaw it out in the fridge overnight before you enjoy it.
Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
- 2 small ears fresh corn, shucked
- 1 small poblano pepper
- 8 ounces tomatillos, husked, (about 4 large tomatillos)
- 3 avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat a gas grill to medium heat.
- Grill corn, turning occasionally, until golden on all sides, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from grill and let cool.
- Cut kernels from the cob and transfer the kernels to a large bowl.
- Grill the poblano chile and tomatillos, turning until skins are nicely charred, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from grill and let cool. Then, peel the charred skin from the peppers; remove stem, core and seeds..
- Chop the chile and mix it together with the corn.
- Finely chop the tomatillos and add to the corn mixture.
- To the mixture add the chopped avocado, onion, cilantro and salt.
- Coarsely mash the mixture, especially the avocados, with the back of a fork.
- Stir and combine all ingredients.
- Taste for salt and adjust. Then, serve.
- To Store: Salsa can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. It’s best to use a container with minimal extra space (mason jars are great). If you don’t have a small enough container, press a piece of plastic wrap onto the salsa’s surface.
- To Freeze: Place salsa into a small airtight container and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge overnight before enjoying.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.
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