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Tomatillo Chile de Arbol Salsa

The one salsa recipe that was always on the table waiting for me when I would visit home!
Course Salsa/Sauces
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 10 tomatillos remove husk and rinse well
  • 8-10 chile de arbol
  • 1 small white onion quartered
  • Juice of 1 keylime or 1 small lime optional
  • salt to taste
  • ¼  cup chopped cilantro optional


  • Remove the husks from the tomatillos and rinse in lukewarm water. Add tomatillos, chile de arbol and onion to a saucepan. Cover with water and heat to medium. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat slightly and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatillo mixture to the blender. Season with salt.  Blend on high for just a few seconds.
  • Pour salsa into a sauce pan and heat to medium heat. Just bring to a light simmer and cook the salsa for 8-10 minutes. Cooking the salsa helps remove the natural pectins in the tomatillos and keep your salsa from clumping up when refrigerated. Once salsa cools you could add in some chopped onion and cilantro. It's an option.


Notes: Many times, we would throw in a few chile serrano to the mix for more flavor to this deliclious salsa.