12 Apr Authentic Salsa Verde
Recipes for an authentic salsa verde are hard to come by. Many are culturally dishonest and loaded with ingredients you would never find at a street-side taco stand or Mexican kitchen. Here is our take on this classic green salsa.
- 3 Jalapeno
- 2 Serrano
- 1 Geen Pepper
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 Lime (juiced)
- Mexican Oregano (pinch)
- Salt (pinch)
Grill the Peppers : This can be done on a grill or directly on your stove’s gas or electric burner. Place the peppers over medium to high heat just long enough to leave grill marks on all sides.
Clean the Peppers : Remove the stems and seeds.
Blend : Blend all of the ingredients with a small amount of water. Add more water as necessary to reach desired consistency.
VARIATIONS + TIPS:
Mexican Oregano : Not all oregano is created equal. This recipe specifically calls for Mexican oregano. Depending on your region, this herb can be found in your local grocery store or Mexican market. Otherwise it can be purchased here. Using Mediterranean oregano will cause this salsa to taste like spaghetti. Remember, ingredients matter.
Bring the Heat : If you are the type that’s not happy until your head is sweating and your nose is running, then try adding more serrano.
Want Less Heat : If you like things mild, you can lose the serrano. Also, make an extra effort to remove the seeds and pith from your peppers. Lastly, try letting the salsa rest or add more lime. The acid in lime juice will reduce the heat.
Avocado : Avocado is a great addition to this salsa verde recipe. Try adding some to the mixture before you blend.
Add Tomatillo : Tomatillo is citrusy and tastes a bit like a green tomato. If this sounds good to you then try adding it to the salsa. Be careful though, the tomatillo serves as a filler and adds acid that reduces the heat. Removing it may make the salsa extra spicy. Try substituting with poblano or avocado.