Char-grilled tomatillo salsa

Char-grilled tomatillo salsa


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About this recipe: Fresh tomatillos are char-grilled till blackened, imparting a smoky flavour that you'll love in this salsa. Serve with tortilla chips, or as an accompaniment to your favourite Mexican meal.


Serves: 8 

  • 1kg fresh tomatillos, husks removed
  • 10 dried red chillies
  • 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • salt to taste

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Line a heavy cast-iron grill pan with aluminium foil and place over high heat. Arrange the tomatillos, chillies and garlic in a single layer on top. Char-grill until soft and darkened (or blackened, for a smokier flavour), turning as necessary. The chillies and garlic will finish before the tomatillos.
  2. Peel the garlic and place in a mortar and pestle with salt to taste (salt generously). Grind to a smooth paste, then add the chillies and grind till smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Add as many tomatillos as you can fit in your mortar, and use the pestle to crush them, leaving them chunky. Work in batches as needed.
  4. Combine the crushed tomatillos with the chilli and garlic paste and serve.


Char-grilled tomatillo salsa
Char-grilled tomatillo salsa

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