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Spicy Tomatillo Sauce

by Emma on July 29, 2011

in Dinner

I make veggie fajitas or tacos fairly often. And I dream about making them even more than that. :) It’s just such an easy dish to make vegetarian and not even feel like your eating… vegetarian. But I like to try to spice it up with a different twist, sauce or presentation. Just for variety’s sake.

This was my first experiment with tomatillos, which are (as you can probably guess) little green tomatoes. They are sort of adorable (if tomatoes can be adorable). But unlike their bigger, redder cousins they come with a papery husk on the outside.


But once you remove the husks they are just tiny, baby tomatoes.

Little cuties. So, naturally, I made sauce out of them! (Crowd boos: oh, how cruel you are!)

Spicy Tomatillo Sauce, makes about 3 cups.

Needed: 3/4 lb. tomatillos, 1 jalapeno, 1/2 yellow onion, 1/4 cup cream, 2 tablespoons greek yogurt (or sour cream), 1/2 ripe avocado, 1/4 cup cilantro and salt to taste.

Remove the husks from the tomatillos, and remove the seeds from the jalapeno. Blanch these in boiling water for 4-5 minutes then drain and set aside.

Give the onion, avocado and cilantro a rough chop. Now add all the ingredients (except salt) into a food processor and blend until creamy like a sauce. Taste and add salt as you like. Serve over fajitas or tacos… or fancy nachos if you’re that kind of gal.

xo. Emma


Kacie July 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Yum! You just reminded me that I have an amazing recipe from a girl in my Spanish class I’ve been meaning to try!!! Yay. I love that. I think there’s going to be a taco night coming up!


Amanda July 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

i definitely think tomatoes are cute. this sounds amazing! reading the words “onion, avocado & cilantro” made me think of guac. i need some! have a lovely weekend emma! :)

Louise July 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tomatillo. I don’t think they are even sold here. I haven’t lived!

Gwen July 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm

This looks great! A friend of mine recently showed me how to make an enchilada sauce with tomatillos and it was fabulous. Check it out:
I will def have to try your version out, too. Thanks for posting.

Marisa July 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I love all the Mexican inspired dishes. This sounds super yummy!

April July 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I love tomatillos, and Greek yogurt is my go-to multitasking ingredient, so I’m pretty excited to try this.

nic tatum July 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

do you think soy yogurt would work because im vegan and i wanna try this

Rachel at Eat and Write July 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I’ve never eaten (or seen?) tomatillos before and this seems like the perfect recipe to get well acquainted with them. I love simple, quick, cheap meals like this!

Ashlee July 30, 2011 at 12:31 am

your food posts always make me swoon (this is my first time commenting)…so yummy!
actually your whole blog makes me swoon…you’ve got style lady! :)

THE-LOUDMOUTH July 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

I love anything spicy. The spicier, the better! This looks awesome.

Luisa July 30, 2011 at 11:03 am



Kara July 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm

My mom found a recipe for a fresh tomatillo salsa once that was so insanely delicious that we demanded her to make it by the GALLON. I’m gonna have to give her a call…

Jaclyn T July 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Holy crepe! That looks so yummy!!!!

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Anna-Marie August 4, 2011 at 12:37 am

I am not vegetarian but like to eat that way as much as my husband can stand. This looks great! I sometimes add lentils to my fajitas, mmm mmmm!