I Say Tomato; You say Tomatillo

With the heat came tomatoes and tomatillos by the dozens. Both members of the nightshade family, they grow under similar conditions and have similar habits. They are both easy vegetables for beginner gardeners, and honestly, while it’s difficult to think of a more rewarding plant than the tomato, the beloved green tomato well known in Mexican cuisine (aka the tomatillo pronounced toe-ma-tia) takes a close second.

One of the best uses of the tomatillo is Salsa Verde (Green Salsa). It’s simple to make, easy to can using the water bath method, and tastes amazing. Even better if you grow your own onions, jalapeños and garlic which are all in season together making this recipe indispensable to the home gardener.

Salsa Verde


5lbs Tomatillos
 Jalapeños (9 for mild, add more to your desired hotness)
1 head of Garlic (peeled)
4 Onions
2 T salt
Cilantro (optional)


Remove husks and wash tomatillos, stem your  jalapeños and toss them both in a large stockpot.tomatillos, husks removed

Add just enough water so that the bottom of the pan won’t get scorched. Cover with a lid and simmer until soft (about 10-20 minutes).simmering tomatillos

While the tomatillos and  jalapeños are simmering, peel your garlic and onions.

Remove stockpot from heat and process tomatillos in small batches. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.processing tomatillos

Process the garlic and onions. Add cilantro if desired (I find too much cilantro to be overpowering and tend to leave it out).

pureed onions and garlic

Add puréed garlic and onions to tomatillo mixture. Mix in your salt. Now you are ready to do a taste test. If you would like it hotter you can simply add more jalapeños now.

blend ingredients together

To can salsa verde, fill your jars leaving a 1/2″ head space. Place in a water bath and let them boil for twenty minutes.canned salsa verde

This amount will make approximately 7 12-oz jars of salsa, or 5-6 pints.

*This recipe was adapted from Wishful Acres Farm.


About The Giving Garden

Shane Morgan is a landscape designer specializing in eco-friendly and edible gardens. A trained ecologist, she understands how to provide clients with beautiful, natural gardens to enjoy all four seasons, installed and maintained with minimal impact on the environment. She is an avid home gardener, committed to sustainable agriculture, native plant gardens, and helping others reduce their Carbon footprint.
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One Response to I Say Tomato; You say Tomatillo

  1. margie says:

    i can’t wait to come over and try some! I’ll bring the chips! :)

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