Roasted Spicy Salsa Verde Recipe -
Roasted Spicy Salsa Verde Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Roasted Spicy Salsa Verde

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"Roasted-pepper green salsa just like grandma makes it, well, minus the molcajete. It's just easier to make in a food processor. The heat of your salsa can be controlled by the amount of seeds and membrane you leave in the pepper pods. "

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Lay the poblano peppers, serrano peppers, and tomatillos on the hot grill, and cook, turning every 2 minutes, until the pepper skins are evenly charred and blackened, and the tomatillos have turned pale yellow and started to ooze juice, about 10 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the grill.
  3. Scrape off most of the burned pepper skin, cut the stems off, cut the peppers in half the long way, and remove the seeds.
  4. Place the onion and garlic in the work bowl of a food processor, and pulse about 4 times to chop. Drop in the peppers, pulse 4 times to roughly chop, and add the tomatillos and salt. Pulse 4 or more times to the desired smoothness, and stir in the cilantro.
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Mar 30, 2011

Hubs particularly liked this but I thought it was a little flat, one dimensional in flavor. I think it would benefit from some cumin and Mexican oregano. Hubs found the cooking process on the grill fun and relaxing - a great "unwinder" after the workday grind. We served this with soft chicken tacos.

May 04, 2010

Fabulous. I added fresh squeezed lime juice. To linda2d, not sure what you added to your recipe photo that is red???? Also, it is hard to comprehend that 1 1/2 inch slice of an onion would end up overpowering.......Maybe you used more? Just a thought...... May 3, 2010 ---- Made this again last night, this time using anaheim and jalapeno chiles, no tomatoes. Added some lemon juice and jalapeno juice from a jar of jalapenos. Went well over baked chicken breast.


19 Ratings

Feb 17, 2010

We found the onion and garlic to be overpowering and did not enjoy this as a dip but we did like the flavor it added to our burritos. My poblanos were on the small side but are usually pretty hot so I didn't want to add another. The tomatillos were also small so I added a couple extras. I will try this again because I like the roasted flavor but I will probably reduce the onion or add it at the end rather than first so they don't get as pulverized. I tried to make it smoother so they may have released too much juices. SAFETY NOTE: One of my tomatillos burst on the grill and squirted hot juice at me.EDIT2/17/10 made again but minced onion & garlic by hand and added at end with much better results. BTW the red is an extra ripe pepper, nothing mysterious.

May 17, 2010

This was very good. I used jalapeno peppers instead of serranos. I kept the charred peels on the vegetables for flavor. We roasted the onion and the garlic on the grill too. This was indeed spicy and had quite a kick to it, but isn't super hot. Thanks! We had a great time making this salsa and are going to enjoy eating it even more.

May 05, 2010

Very good, but I needed more oomph. I added cumin & lime juice. I also love onion, garlic and cilantro so I used more of all 3. But, that's what is great about recipes, you get to personalize. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 15, 2011

I love verde salsas but have never made one myself. This recipe caught my eye with the roasting method. I used two small jalapeños in lieu of serranos peppers since my garden is full of them. The first couple bites lacked flavor for us but certainly not heat. So we added more cilantro, a good squeeze of fresh lime and couple dashes of cumin, and some fresh oregano from the garden...much better flavor. I did enjoy the roasted flavor and if I make again I'll roast the onion and garlic also. So with a little bit of tweaking this is a pretty good salsa.

Jan 25, 2011

I added some jalapenos and about a tablespoon of lime juice to this recipe. I roasted the jalapenos like i did the other peppers and it was a big hit at the playoff party i went to. Great Recipe!!!

May 11, 2010

Delicious! I served this as the dipping sauce for a carne asada burrito. Not having access to a grill, I blackened the peppers in the oven (with the rack in the second highest slot) which worked fine. Next time I'll cut the garlic in half and add lime juice as it was a bit thick and garlicky.


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  • Calories
  • 11 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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