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Overhead view of a bowl of salsa verde, green sauce, garnished with avocado slices, chopped onions, serrano peppers, and surrounded by tortilla chips.

Authentic Salsa Verde Recipe

Authentic Salsa Verde is made with fresh ingredients, including tomatillos, serrano peppers, onion, garlic, cilantro, and requires no cooking.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword green salsa, green sauce, Mexican salsa, salsa, Salsa Verde
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 24kcal



  • 1.2 lbs green tomatillos
  • 1 serrano chili (If you want it spicier add more Serrano chili peppers.)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon minced Cilantro (plus 1 TBL for garnish)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed juice is preferred)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon of salt (depending on your taste)


  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • 1 tablespoon Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion


  • Rinse the tomatillos and chili with water.
  • Cut your tomatillos into small pieces. Then add your chili, 1 tablespoon of onion, garlic clove, 1 teaspoon of cilantro or the equivalent in leaves, lemon juice, water, and salt into your blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • Place sauce into your serving dish and add pieces of avocado with the rest of the onion and additional cilantro.
  • Enjoy with nachos, fajitas, quesadillas, or tacos.



  • To Make Spicier. Add more Serrano chili peppers.
  • To Make Less Spicy. Use 1/2 a Serrano chili pepper, or use jalapeños instead because they are not as spicy as the Serrano peppers. For no spicy heat at all, leave out the chili peppers altogether.
  • To Store Leftover Salsa. Store this salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to  days.


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.4mg