Salsa Verde or green sauce (in case you didn't know) is a favorite with Mexican cuisine. It is used as a condiment as well as a main ingredient in some recipes like chicken in salsa verde. The basic ingredients are tomatillos, chili peppers, cilantro, & onion but there are many different recipes with more ingredients as well. Salsa verde can be made with raw or roasted ingredients, each having a distinct flavor. It can be eaten with chips, tacos, chicken, steak, eggs, etc.
jalapeño & serrano peppers (1 of each with seeds/veins=very hot - 1 of each without seeds/veins=mild-hot - half of each=mild
cilantro (small handfull about 1-2 tbsp chopped but doesn't need to be chopped - stems can be used too)
small white onion (about a 1/4 cup)
1-2 cloves garlic
*the tomatillos tend to be very sticky, be sure rinse them well.
For the raw salsa place all ingredients in a blender until well blended, add salt & pepper to your liking.
For the roasted salsa, all ingredients (except cilantro) can be roasted in the oven or in a frying pan until they start to blacken (garlic will be ready first, then peppers, tomatillos and lastly the onion) and then place them in blender along with the fresh cilantro until well blended, add salt & pepper to your liking.
You can also make the salsa in a molcajete (mortar & pestle).
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