27 Best Tomatillo Recipes (& Produce Guide) (2024)

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Celebrate tomatillo season with this collection of 27 of the best Tomatillo Recipes! You’ll find recipes for salsa, enchiladas, posole and tostadas, along with handy info such as nutrition information, how to grow them and more!

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Fall has arrived, but tomatillo season is still in full swing! I love incorporating tomatillos into our meals…thankfully my family loves them as much as I do!

Before I went to cooking school, I’d tried green enchilada sauce (also known as salsa verde) at Mexican restaurants, but I didn’t even know what a tomatillo looked like.

We used them a few times in school and I haven’t looked back. I incorporate them into our meals regularly, because my family has embraced them as well.

Whether you’re a tomatillo lover or are new to them, be sure to check out the collection of some of the best tomatillo recipes at the bottom of this post!

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What are tomatillos?

The tomatillo plant originated in Mexico, and is a member of the nightshade family. Tomatillos are small, round fruits that grow in papery husks on a plant that resembles a tomato plant.

Tomatillos are fruits that are also known as Mexican husk tomatoes. While they resemble green tomatoes, they’re not related to them at all. Green tomatoes are simply underripe tomatoes, and are completely different from tomatillos.

Tomatillos are normally green and ripen to a yellow color. The flesh of the tomatillo is firm and coated with a sticky residue that’s easily washed off.

What do tomatillos taste like?

The taste of tomatillos is bright and acidic yet fruity — they’re not spicy at all. The texture and flavor of tomatillos is perfect in sauces and salsas, and they may be eaten both raw and cooked.

Can you eat tomatillos raw?

Tomatillos may be eaten raw or cooked. Just make sure to wash off the sticky residue on their skin before enjoying them consuming them raw or incorporating them into your recipes.

Growing Tomatillos

Growing tomatillos is much like growing tomatoes. The plants are tolerant to many different types of soil conditions, but do the best in well-drained, sandy and fertile soils. The plants grow well in warmer weather planted in full sun, and the fruit will be ready for harvest in about 6-8 weeks when the fruit has filled the paper husk and the husk begins to split.

While tomatillos are native to Mexico, they’re grown widely in America because they’re insect resistant. Apparently the sticky substance that coats the tomatillo contains a chemical with a foul taste that insects aren’t too fond of. I never knew this before researching this post, and now I want to grow tomatillos every year!

How do you know when tomatillos are ripe?

Tomatillos are ripe when they’ve turned a bright green or yellow (it depends on the variety) and the paper husk begins to split.
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Nutrition benefits

Tomatillos are low in calories and fat, and are a good source of vitamins A and C, niacin, fiber and antioxidants.

Because tomatillos are a member of the nightshade family, they contain high levels of alkaloids which can be detrimental if you already have problems with arthritis and inflammation. If you experience these problems, you may want to consult your doctor before adding tomatillos to your diet.

Choosing tomatillos

Choose tomatillos that are firm, heavy and free from discoloration.

If you’re wondering where to buy tomatillos, they’re normally in the refrigerated section of the produce department in the grocery store near the chili peppers.

How to store tomatillos

Ripe tomatillos keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, and may keep even longer if stored in a plastic zip top bag with the husks removed.

How to prepare tomatillos

Tomatillos are are very easy to prep. They’re easily sliced or chopped as they’re firmer and less watery than tomatoes. They can be used raw in salsas and salads, and are excellent roasted and pureed for various sauces and soups.

Is there a good tomatillo substitute?

Green tomatoes (i.e. unripened tomatoes) may be a good substitute in certain sauces and soups. Some grocery stores also sell canned tomatillos, which work for some recipes.

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27 delicious tomatillo recipes

Below are some of the best tomatillo recipes that will inspire you to use them in an abundance of delicious ways!

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Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

This Tomatillo Salsa Recipe is fresh, vibrant and beyond easy to make! It's the perfect dip or topping for tacos, fajitas or burrito bowls, and it's ready in 10 minutes!

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Baked Potatoes with Shredded Beef and Tomatillo Jam

This is a great recipe to use up that leftover shredded beef or bbq pulled pork. The tomatillo jam takes the loaded baked potatoes to the next level!

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Mango Tomatillo Guacamole

Mango Tomatillo Guacamole is creamy guacamole with a blend of sweet and savory flavors that will keep you coming back for more!

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Tomatillo Chicken Pasta

Roasted tomatillos, onion, and garlic pureed to make a silky pasta sauce. This tomatillo chicken pasta is a delicious way to shake-up your pasta-for-dinner night this week.

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Chicken Enchilada Bake with Homemade Salsa

Chicken Enchilada Bake is layers of shredded chicken, corn tortillas, green enchilada sauce and cheese topped with a flavorful homemade salsa!

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Easy Homemade Salsa Verde

Easy Homemade Salsa Verde uses six simple ingredients to create a sweet salsa verde that is vegan and gluten-free.

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Lentil Tacos with Grilled Pineapple-Tomatillo Salsa

These Lentil Tacos with Grilled Pineapple-Tomatillo Salsa are perfect for those hot summer nights when it’s too hot to cook. No oven required!

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Grilled Mexican Corn Salad with Tomatillos

This grilled Mexican corn salad is tossed with tomatillos and a creamy avocado ranch dressing! It’s a healthy gluten free side for only 125 calories!

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Fire roasted tomatillos and cherry tomatoes pair beautifully with spicy jalapeno, onion, and garlic in this non-traditional salsa verde. A little sweet, a little tangy, a little spicy – all delicious.

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Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

These salsa verde chicken enchiladas have homemade salsa verde, Monterey jack cheese, and are garnished with sour cream and red onion. The chicken and salsa cook in the slow cooker so when it’s time for dinner you just assemble and bake the enchiladas.

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Avocado Salsa Verde

This Avocado Salsa Verde can be made in your blender in just 10 minutes! Ditch the jar and make this easy peasy tomatillo guacamole dip at home.

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Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce

This Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce is fresh, flavorful and better than anything you can buy at the store! It's so easy to make, you control the level of spiciness, and it's freezer friendly!

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Instant Pot Chili Verde

Hearty and zesty, Chili Verde is a saucy green stew with juicy and tender chicken.

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Farro and White Bean Posole Verde

This hearty and comforting posole verde is made with farro and white beans, and tastes best when loaded up with all sorts of fresh toppings.

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Green Shakshuka

Green shakshuka baked egg dish with tomatillos and healthy super greens topped with avocado and jalapeño for a savory but spicy meal.

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Baked Taquitos with Black Beans & Sweet Potato

These baked taquitos are stuffed with a roasted sweet potato and black bean mixture and dipped into a roasted tomatillo and avocado dip.

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Salsa Verde Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Mango Pomegranate Salsa

A fair mix of sweet, spicy and salty, these Salsa Verde Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Mango Pomegranate Salsa are deliciously addictive but so super healthy!

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Tomatillo Salsa Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

15 minutes for an easy, fresh, and healthy dinner! These Tomatillo Salsa Shrimp Zucchini Noodles are only 5 ingredients and packed with flavor – they make a perfect low carb, paleo, and gluten free summer meal or appetizer!

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Chicken Tostadas with Charred Tomatillo Salsa and Mashed White Beans

Crispy, crunchy chicken tostadas are not only fun to make, but delicious, as well! And when smothered in creamy mashed white beans, topped with a mildly spicy homemade charred tomatillo salsa, you’ve got a scrumptious tostada recipe with a unique twist.

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Slow Roasted Carnitas with Salsa Verde

Pork is slow roasted until tender, then shredded and topped with homemade salsa verde.

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Grilled Skirt Steak With Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

This grilled skirt steak is tender and juicy and the marinade creates such a great flavorful crust!

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Pork Carnitas Tacos with Mango Black Bean Salsa

Moist, juicy, tender pork carnitas with crisp brown edges, and a fresh, colorful, fruity mango black bean salsa, topped with roasted tomatillo salsa verde on slightly toasted tortillas.

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5-Minute Homemade Green Bloody Mary Mix

Simple 5-Minute Homemade Green Bloody Mary Mix makes a unique co*cktail base. Just blend together green tomatoes, tomatillos, celery, cilantro, green hot sauce and spices.

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Instant Pot White Beans with Tomatillos

The only thing better than quick and easy Instant Pot White Beans is white beans with tomatillos, poblanos, and even more Mexican flavors!

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Paleo Chicken Fajita Burgers with Tomatillo Guacamole

Kick your burger grilling up a notch with these smoky Paleo Chicken Fajita Burgers with Tomatillo Guacamole. Easy to serve without a bun, too!

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Fire Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Salsa

Everything that goes into this zesty salsa is charred over an open flame first, so the rich, smokey flavor is infused throughout. Enjoy it with grilled meats, poultry, fish, and tacos, or simply with a big bag of tortilla chips.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Verde Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Verde Tortilla Soup is classic chicken tortilla soup with a salsa verde twist! It’s healthy, hearty, and delicious!

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  1. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary Reply

    LOL! Summer has us ALL off our game, Marcie! Well, at least it has me off my game as well. 😉 Thinking about it, I’m not sure if I had a tomatillo before culinary school either! I can say, after school I fell in love with them hard core! This guide is fantastic! And, needless to say, I want to make everything on here! SO yum! Pinning! Cheers!

    • flavorthemoments Reply

      Thank goodness for culinary school right? haha Thanks Cheyanne!

    • flavorthemoments Reply

      I’m glad to hear it’s not only me. 🙂 Thank you friend!

  2. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health Reply

    I’m so glad you posted this! I love salsa verde but have never made my own because tomatillos intimidate me. You did such a great job breaking everything down with this guide. All of the recipes are making me hungry! 🙂

    • flavorthemoments Reply

      Thank you Sarah! I truly need to use tomatillos more which is why I planted some this year…I’m so excited!

  3. Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness Reply

    Great post! I don’t know too much about tomatillos so this gave me some info that I totally did not know before. I would love to see pictures of your garden on here – I feel like you grow such an abundance of produce!!

    • flavorthemoments Reply

      Thanks Nicole! I do need to share pictures of my garden more. My tomatillo plant isn’t much to look at right now so maybe I’ll add pics here later once they come in. 🙂

  4. Letty / Letty's Kitchen Reply

    What an informative post! Thank you. And thank you for including my Green Enchilada Sauce in your thoughtful list of tomatillo recipes!

    • flavorthemoments Reply

      Thank you Letty and your enchilada sauce looks amazing!

  5. Ashley@CookNourishBliss Reply

    I’m so off my game right now too. Like so off. haha Ah well 🙂 But anyway, I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve never used tomatillos in my own kitchen! Although I definitely enjoy them. Must get on this this summer!

    • flavorthemoments Reply

      I really want to blow off work but there are so many things I want to do! I should just flipping enjoy my summer. haha Thanks Ashley!

  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice Reply

    This is such a great post about tomatillos! Now I feel like I understand them better! 🙂 I definitely need to use them more, especially after seeing your guacamole and all of these delicious recipes!

    • flavorthemoments Reply

      Thank you Gayle and I learned so much about them putting this post together!

  7. Leanne | Crumb Top Baking Reply

    I’ve never seen tomatillos around here, but I’ve always wanted to cook with them! Thanks to your guide I now know lots about them just in case I’m ever able to find them…..or grow them! Great recipe round up too!

    • flavorthemoments Reply

      I hope you’re able to find some tomatillos Leanne. Thanks and have a great weekend! 🙂

  8. Jenn L Reply

    I cannot wait to cook my way through this tasty list! Thanks so much for featuring my salsa recipe!! xoxo

    • flavorthemoments Reply

      Thanks Jenn and I can’t wait to make your salsa! 🙂

  9. Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness Reply

    So interesting! I’ve grown tomatoes a bunch but never tomatillos… Now you’ve got me into the idea of planting some next year!

    • Marcie Reply

      If you use them a lot you totally should! I find them to be so versatile…I think they’re very under appreciated!

  10. Lisa Reply

    Thank you for this information. I planted tomatillo plants for the first time this year and am excited to have a bunch of different ideas of how to use them!

    • Marcie Reply

      Good luck with your plants and I hope you enjoy the recipes!

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What is the best way to cook tomatillos? ›

Place the tomatillos in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping them over halfway through, until softened and olive green.

What's the difference between salsa verde and tomatillo? ›

Shortly, they share almost the same ingredients: green tomatoes (tomatillo), garlic, onions, water or chicken stock, salt, serrano or jalapeño chiles. But some recipes call for cummin, cilantro, lime juice, black pepper or sour cream (like enchiladas suizas). Also another difference is the texture of the sauce.

Is it okay to eat raw tomatillos? ›

You can eat tomatillos raw or cooked -- I prefer cooking them to tone down their distinctly sour flavor. The tomatillos you find at the supermarket are mostly imported from Mexico. You may be able find some at your local farmers' market from late July through September.

Can you freeze tomatillos? ›

Storing tomatillos: Tomatillos can be stored in their husks for 2 to 3 weeks in a paper bag in the refrigerator. Tomatillos can also be frozen. To freeze them, peel the husk, rinse and dry the fruit. Place them in one layer on a baking tray (optionally lined with parchment paper) until frozen.

How do you take the bitterness out of tomatillos? ›

Let them ripen and turn into red, yellow, or purple before you use them. Tomatillos taste sour with a bit of bitterness. To cut through the bitterness put them with something that's sweet, for example mangoes, honey or sugar. Lime juice, or vinegar (red or white) cuts through the sourness.

Is it better to roast or boil tomatillos? ›

Having made both boiled and roasted versions, and having tried them side by side, I sit firmly in the Boiling-is-Best side of things. Roasted tomatillos are good, but they lack the fresh greenness of flavour and the bright tanginess that the boiled ones have. Roasted tomatillos taste, well, over-cooked and smoky.

What is the closest tomato to a tomatillo? ›

Green tomatoes can take the place of tomatillos in guacamole, in a chile verde sauce for enchiladas, raw in salads, as a fresh topping for tacos, simmered in a vegetable soup or turned into a chicken posole stew.

Is red or green tomatillo salsa hotter? ›

In Mexican food, is the red sauce or the green sauce hotter? There's no rule about that. You just have to try them. The color is because of the base used, not because of the chilies.

Are tomatillos better than tomatoes? ›

Tomatoes are perhaps even more versatile than tomatillos. You can get them year-round, but their peak-season flavor is incomparable — especially with heirloom tomatoes. What makes them heirloom is their hand-me-down seeds, collected from the tastiest fruit each season and replanted the next, for decades.

Are tomatillos an inflammatory food? ›

Tomatillo contains antibacterial qualities that may destroy Streptococcus bacteria, and its anti-inflammatory characteristics help reduce throat inflammation. Tomatillos are abundant in Vitamin A, a nutrient essential for maintaining eye health. Beta-carotene, a vitamin A derivative, is also present in them.

What is the sticky stuff on tomatillos? ›

If any insects get through the papery husk, the tomatillo's first line of defense, they encounter the sticky film. This film contains chemical compounds called withanolides that insects find bad tasting. So voila, they leave the tomatillos alone! Luckily for us tomatillo eaters, the sticky film rinses off quite easily.

How to tell if a tomatillo is bad? ›

If you notice a tomatillo is very soft, it is likely overripe. Fresh, ripe tomatillos are firm to the touch, rather than squishy. A bad smell, mold, or a sticky residue are also signs that a tomatillo has already started to decompose and is no longer safe to eat.

Can you use tomatillos that have fallen on the ground? ›

You can also collect any underripe fruits that have fallen to the ground (but avoid overripe or rotten ones). Place these under-ripe tomatillos in their husk in a paper bag to ripen on your countertop.

Do tomatillos expire? ›

Tomatillos can be kept in a paper bag in the fridge with the husks on for 1 to 2 weeks. If the fruit is kept in an airtight bag, it will spoil much faster, so keeping it in paper bags is essential.

What happens when you overcook tomatillos? ›

Tomatillos are fairly tart on their on. Your basic tomatillo sauce, for pork, enchiladas, etc, does not need the addition of lime juice. Secondly, tomatillos should be cooked sparingly. Overcooking can make them even more acidic.

How do you cook and eat tomatillos? ›

When cooked, tomatillo's flavor mellows and sweetens. We love roasting tomatillos in the oven, sticking them under the broiler or popping them on the grill before making salsa to deepen and enrich the dish. You can also use tomatillos to make soup like pozole verde or chicken tomatillo soup.

Are you supposed to cook tomatillos? ›

You can chop them up raw to make a piquant green salsa, or you can boil them to mellow their color and flavor. In our favorite enchilada recipe, we start by roasting the tomatillos to give them an earthy, fiery flavor before making them into a sauce.

Can you cook tomatillos like tomatoes? ›

A lot of people think salsa verde is made from raw tomatillos, like red tomato salsa. But, raw tomatillos can taste tangy and acidic. People do eat them raw, but their flavor is more mellow and sweet when cooked, so most people prefer to roast or sauté them before adding them into a dish.


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