~Santa Salsa HoHoHo~

Santa Salsa.  Sounds intriguing doesn’t it!?

I’ve made homemade salsa several times before, but never with tomatillos.  Tomatillos are small, green and covered with a paper like husk.  And they are sticky. 

This salsa recipe really is pretty easy.  Especially if you have a full size food processor.  I did not, I used my mini one which took forever.  I need to add a food processor to my Christmas wish list!  Santa, are you reading this?  You could blend all this in a blender also.

Want to make some?  Here’s what you need:  Tomatillos, jalapenos, garlic, salt, onions, cumin and cilantro.

First, I peeled the paper-like skin off of the tomatillos, rinsed in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes and then layed on a towel to dry.  Then cut the onions in half.

Rinse off the jalapenos and place on a baking sheet with the whole tomatillos and halved onions.  Roast at 400 degrees for 15 min, turning once.

Then de-seed the jalapenos and peel the onions and cut into quarters.

Next is the fun part!  Blending all the ingredients together.  I started with the jalapenos, making sure they are chopped up really finely.  I wouldn’t want to bite into a big piece of hotness.  Then add in the onions.  Followed by the tomatillos, cilantro, salt, garlic and cumin.

Pulse food processor until the salsa has reached your desired consistency.


  • 4 lbs. tomatillos

  • 2 white onions

  • 14 jalapenos

  • 4 Tbsp. minced garlic

  • 1 1/2 c. fresh cilantro leaves

  • 2 tsp. cumin

  • 3 tsp. salt

Instructions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  On large roasting plan place whole tomatillos, halved onions and whole jalapenos.  Roast for 15 min., turning once.

Peel onions and chop into quarters.  Cut the jalapenos in half and de-seed.

In a food processor add the jalapenos first.  Chop until very fine.  Then add onions, garlic, tomatillos, cilantro, salt and cumin.  Process until all ingredients are chopped into tiny pieces or until desired consistency is reach.

Yields 6 pint size jars full.  Store in refrigerator.

I wanted to make this and give it away so I thought it was a great idea to put it in a mason jar, label it with my handmade labels and pass out to my friends.  Though I wish I had made more than 6 jars. 

Dip, dunk, spoon or pour!  This zesty and tangy salsa can be enjoyed as a dip, served over a dish, eaten with a spoon or as a substitute for a relish. 

About TheSceneFromMe

Wife, Foodie, Traveler, Shopaholic. I am a thirty-something tactfully-opinionated nurse living in the Midwest. I believe shopping counts as cardio, tea cannot be too sweet, anything orange (and sparkly!) can cure a bad mood, and no one can have enough clothes, accessories or shoes. I love to bake, indulge in celebrity gossip, cupcakes, reality tv, photography, travel anywhere new or places that I've already graced, spend time with my family and live life the way I am meant to. I am in love with my iPhone, husband and 2 wrinkly shar-peis. Join me on the journey of my candy coated life. Fasten your seatbelts! This is the scene from ME!
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17 Responses to ~Santa Salsa HoHoHo~

  1. Cute, cute, cute! I love homemade presents!

  2. I’m all about homemade gifts this year. These are adorable all dressed up and it sounds like they taste delicious! I think Santa should bring me some 🙂

  3. carascravings says:

    That the greatest idea!
    Very creative of you.
    Whoever receives these are very lucky.

  4. Cute! Great idea. This is so original. Sounds spicy too..which is exactly what I like 🙂

  5. Kelli says:

    I may have to try making this! I love to go to Moes to get their Tomatillo salsa it is my Fav!

  6. Lauren says:

    I’ve never tried making anything with tomatillos before, but this salsa will have to go on my “to do” list!

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