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Tomatillo and Chipotle Salsa


Well, spring is over, everyone.  Just imagine Porky Pig saying,”That’s all, Folks!”  It’s officially fall again. After a couple weeks in the 60s yesterday’s high was 49.  Forty-nine!  And we were in a freeze warning. And of course some things were already planted in the garden.  Come on, Mother Nature.  Work with me a little bit.

One plant I had to bring in was my Chenille plant. Has anyone ever heard of this before?  It was completely foreign to me until a year ago.  As soon as I saw it I had to have one.  I generally like flowers and plants that are a little bizarre, fun, and make me smile.  If you have time you should look it up.  It has bright red puff balls that kind of remind me of the big puffy Cheetos. It really looks like something out of Dr. Seuss. The Truffala tree.

Being a bizarre plant I even named it.  I call it Fluffy, but I’m wondering if I should change it to something more Seuss-related.  Horton, perhaps?  Or Seussical?  Anyway, Fluffy came inside, away from the cold and far away from the interested noses of Gus, Oliver, and Pie.

Even though it doesn’t feel much like spring here, I’m going to have spring-like foods anyway.  And what says spring more than salsa?


This is such a delicious and spicy salsa.  It’s made with two of my favorites: tomatillos and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  I’ve done this with fresh tomatillos in the past, but this time around I used a batch I froze from the garden last year.  And it worked really well.

Do you love chipotle chiles in adobo sauce as much as I do?  I love it in salsas, chili, any way you can possibly have them.  And I always add a tad bit more than the recipe says.  I can’t help myself. 😉

This salsa is great with tortilla chips or on tacos, but my favorite way to have it is on taco pizza as the sauce. I take my favorite masa harina pizza crust, slather on some refried beans, and this salsa, and then put on all my other favorite taco ingredients, topping it with cheddar cheese. Mmm.  Now that’s my idea of comfort food no matter the temperature. Enjoy!

(Adapted from a salsa from Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking by Pati Jinich).


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Tomatillo and Chipotle Salsa
  • 1 lb tomatillos, husks removed, halved, and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped white onion
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce plus 2 tbsp adobo sauce
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. This is a soupy salsa, but you can feel free to pulse until it reaches your desired consistency.


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  • Manali@CookWithManali May 14, 2016, 11:09 am

    I love homemade salsa, this sounds so yum!

    • Amanda May 15, 2016, 9:49 am


  • Eva @ Eva Bakes May 15, 2016, 5:31 am

    Yes – this weather sure is strange! We have had nonstop rain for almost 2 straight weeks. This salsa would totally cheer me up!

    • Amanda May 15, 2016, 9:50 am

      That sounds like it was here a few weeks ago. I think we had one day of sunshine, then two weeks of solid clouds. It makes you crave the sun!

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop May 15, 2016, 5:49 am

    That is a plant I am not familiar with….love that you have given it a name! This salsa looks super delicious! Sometimes I need a change from the traditional tomato salsa.

    • Amanda May 15, 2016, 9:51 am

      Thanks, Kathy! I love tomato salsa, but I like to mix it up too. 🙂

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks May 15, 2016, 8:33 am

    I love tomatillos and am always looking for things to make with them – this looks like a great one!

    • Amanda May 15, 2016, 9:52 am

      Thanks, Kate! Aren’t tomatillos the best?

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice May 16, 2016, 5:49 am

    Yes, this weather is crazy! It was cold and rainy here last week, so I’m hoping this week is better! And this salsa looks SO good! My husband and I snack on chips and salsa all the time, and homemade is definitely better!

    • Amanda May 16, 2016, 2:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Gayle. Hopefully the weather straightens out a little! 🙂

  • annie@ciaochowbambina May 16, 2016, 9:52 am

    I literally laughed out loud when I read, “It’s officially fall again.”! That cracked me up! I hear you – the weather this year needs to make up its mind. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy this salsa! I love tomatillos, btw! They’re so fun!

    • Amanda May 16, 2016, 2:28 pm

      Thanks, Annie! I grew tomatillos for the first time last year. I had no idea what I was in for. The plants got way bigger than I thought they would. It was like a jungle out there!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen May 16, 2016, 11:58 am

    Homemade salasa are so yummy! And this chipotle one looks fabulously delish. I can have this with almost everything! 🙂

    • Amanda May 16, 2016, 2:30 pm

      Thanks so much! Hopefully I’m able to make some more salsas from the tomatoes I plant this year. If the animals don’t get to them. 😉

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen May 16, 2016, 12:29 pm

    I can’t believe it is so chilly there!
    This salsa looks amazing. I love the smoky flavor of chipotle peppers. 🙂

    • Amanda May 16, 2016, 2:31 pm

      Thanks! I know, that smokey favor is awesome!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary May 16, 2016, 2:13 pm

    So weird, because it’s almost summer here, Amanda! 😉 Regardless of the season, the time is always right for salsa!! Loving this tomatillo and chipotle salsa! I could slurp up a jar full of this stuff on its own! Cheers, dear!

    • Amanda May 16, 2016, 2:31 pm

      Thanks! The sun came out. Maybe there’s hope for summer here after all! 😄

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat May 17, 2016, 3:21 am

    Ha, I love how you named your plant! That is too funny! I do love this salsa, looks so tasty! I could definitely dig into it!

    • Amanda May 18, 2016, 8:54 am

      Thanks! They say you’re supposed to talk to plants to make them grow, right? So I might as well give it a name. Haha. 😄

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