If you’ve only ever made tomato salsa, you’re in for a treat. This quick and easy blender salsa is made using tomatillos; a crisp, slightly sweet fruit long considered a staple of Mexican cuisine. Closely related to ground cherries, the tomatillo requires a few extra steps compared to your basic tomato. Simply peel back their husks and give them a good rinse before proceeding with the recipe. We’ve also included two bonus recipes (one sweet and one spicy) to help you step up your salsa game, no dicing required.

Blender Salsa Verde

Classic Salsa Verde

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:
1 lb tomatillos, husked, rinsed and roughly chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped
1/2 small onion, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup cilantro
3 Tbsp lime juice
2 tsp kosher salt

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Salsa will thicken as it sits.
2. Serve with tortillas chips or use as a garnish for your favourite taco.

Variations:

Blender Chipotle Salsa

Spicy Tomatillo-Chipolte Salsa
Omit jalapeño and add 2 canned chipotles to blender. Proceed with recipe. Heat a medium saucepan over medium, add 1 Tbsp canola oil, then salsa. Bring to a simmer, and cook until raw taste is gone, about 5 minutes. Let cool before serving. Makes 2 cups.

Blender Pineapple Salsa

Tomatillo-Pineapple
Blend tomatillos, garlic, onion 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (preferably Mexican canela) and 1/2 cup roughly chopped pineapple until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, 1 finely chopped jalapeño and 1 1/2 cups finely diced pineapple. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Looking for more delicious recipes? Try our 12 Fresh Salsas for a Party.