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!
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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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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.