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Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

G and I had lunch at the Whittier branch of  El Cholo Mexican restaurant (their Los Angeles branch opened in 1921!) over the weekend. As customary in most Mexican sit-down establishments, we were served complimentary chips and salsa as precursor to our meal. The deep-fried corn chips were so warm and fresh and the salsa roja nicely roasted and perfectly spiced, I was too full for anything else other than dessert by the time our waiter came to the table to take our order. But as  much as I enjoyed the salsa roja, what really piqued my interest were the gargantuan jars filled with what looked like salsa verde that lined the restaurant’s lobby. When I asked our server, he confirmed that the green stuff was, in fact, tomatillo salsa. Avocado tomatillo salsa, to be exact. And in the spirit of super duper customer service, he brought a small bowl for us to try. Mighty Lord have mercy! It was darn good stuff, I couldn’t pry the chip from the dip.

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
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Yield: 5 to 6 cups
  • 3 avocados
  • 10 to 12 tomatillos
  • 3 large jalapeno chilis, stems removed
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • juice from 2 limes
  • ½ bunch cilantro, stems trimmed
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  1. In a saucepan, combine tomatillos, jalapenos and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil for about 7 to 10 minutes or until softened. Remove from water.
  2. In a blender, combine tomatillos, chili, garlic, cilantro, onions, lime juice and salt. Pulse to process for about 40 to 50 seconds.
  3. Cut avocados in half and discard pit. Using a spoon, scoop flesh. Add to tomatillo sauce and continue to pulse for another 30 to 40 seconds or until desired consistency.

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa


Other Delicious Things to do with Avocados:
Avocado Deviled Eggs
No-bake Avocado Lime Cheesecake
Avocado Ice Candy
Avocado Fries Cooked Two Ways

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  1. Just making sure, do you not take the seeds out of the jalapeños? Sorry if this is a silly question, I have never made salsa before. Thanks!

  2. Is this something that can be canned?

  3. Does this turn brown with the avocado in it? It sounds delicious, but I would love for it to last longer than a day or two.

    • Hi Raeanne

      It should last in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days. The lemon juice retards the browning a bit.

  4. jason miller says:

    you should try roasting the tomatillos, onion and jalapeno, 8-10 under the broiler. It gets a very nice roasted flavor.

    • Hello Jason

      I roast my tomatoes and serranos when I make my salsa roja but I’ve never tried it with tomatillos. Good to know, thank you so much.

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