Learn how to make the Best Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe that is also oil-free. Made with roasted tomatillos, onion and garlic and is the perfect appetizer, perfect with chips or over a Mexican bowl!
Keyword: roasted tomatillo salsa verde, Mexican green sauce, oil-free salsa
Preheat the oven to 425F and line 2 pans with parchment paper.
Remove the husks and twist off the stems of the tomatillos and weigh them to be 1 lb (453g). Rinse any sticky residue off and pat dry.
Place them on a pan and add the jalapenos. Place the garlic cloves (with skins still on) in a piece of foil wrapped up and place this on the same pan.
On the 2nd pan, add the diced red onion and spread out. You will not be baking the onions until the last 10 minutes of the roasting of the first pan of veggies.
Place the pan with the tomatillos, jalapenos and garlic in the oven and roast for 15 minutes and if the tomatillos are not sitting flat on their bottoms, but rolled on the side, flip them over so they char evenly. YOU WILL REMOVE THE jalapeno at this time as well, as it should be nice and charred. Roast the tomatillos and garlic another 5-10 minutes until the tomatillos are well charred and juicy. This is also when you will add the 2nd pan to the oven.
Now add the 2nd pan (of the onions) to the rack beneath the other veggies. Roast for the last 10 minutes for both pans. The onions should be tender and starting to brown.
Peel the skins off the garlic and remove the stems and seeds from the jalapenos and place in the food processor, starting with just 1 of the jalapenos. Keep in mind that heat levels vary greatly with jalapenos. Some are very mild and some are hot, so you may need just 1 or all 3. Add all of the roasted veggies. Add the lime juice, cilantro, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Blend until very smooth and similar to the consistency of applesauce. Taste and add more salt if desired. If you weighed everything accurately, the lime juice should be perfect and noticeable and helps decrease the need for excess salt. Feel free to adjust for more lime if desired. I am watching my salt intake so I only used 1/4 teaspoon salt and found it to be just perfect, but you may want up to 1/2 teaspoon.
Serve with chips or bowl as noted above. Also good on tacos and burritos!
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