This Salsa Verde with Avocado recipe is easy to make, is full of fresh flavors, and it’s a great accompaniment for your favorite tortilla chip. Easy and delicious.
Salsa verde is one of my favorite Mexican condiments. For me, it’s the Mexican ketchup. I put it on EVERYTHING! I’ve made salsa verde for years to pair with enchiladas, tacos, tortilla chips, and a ton of other Mexican favorites, and it’s always been a hit.
I decided I wanted to switch things up. After all, half the fun of cooking is keeping things interesting. That’s why our friend, Ruth and I made this classic, authentic salsa verde recipe and added a cool, creamy twist with avocado, diced onions, and cilantro. Let me tell you, it’s going to be your new favorite salsa verde recipe after making it just once. I serve this with and on just about every Mexican dish I make.
Salsa Verde with Avocado
This delicious recipe perfectly combines hot peppers and avocado for a recipe that’s full of flavor and heat along with bites of cool creaminess. It starts with tomatillos, jalapenos, serrano chiles, and garlic for a super kick of flavor and tons of heat. Then, diced avocado is added for some cool creaminess to balance it out and add an extra layer of flavor along with some diced onions and cilantro. When it’s all said and done, it’s a classic, hot and spicy salsa verde with a perfect balance of creamy avocado to temper it. It all comes together to make a sauce that ticks every taste bud box.
Why You’ll Love This Salsa Verde with Avocado Recipe
- It’s great to serve with chips and salsa, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and so much more.
- It is super flavorful and spicy, but you can easily adjust the heat for those who don’t like flaming hot food.
- It’s made with just a few simple, fresh ingredients that can easily be found at your local grocery store.
Salsa Verde with Avocado Ingredients
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients that are all readily available in your store’s produce section.
- Jalapeño peppers
- Serrano peppers
- Cloves garlic
- Ripe avocado
- Cilantro leaves
How to Make Salsa Verde with Avocado
Making this recipe is no harder than shopping for the ingredients. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time!
Step 1: Roast Garlic
Add oil to a medium saucepan and set to medium heat. Then, add the garlic cloves and roast until soft. Remove from the pan and place in a Vitamix or blender.
Step 2: Boil Peppers and Onions
Add the tomatillos, jalapenos, serrano pepper, and onions to the same saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat and boil until the peppers are soft and their color changes to pale green.
Step 3: Drain
Drain the water, reserving ⅓ cup.
Step 4: Blend
Add the cooked ingredients, salt, and reserved water to the Vitamix, food processor or blender, and blend until combined and smooth.
Step 5: Finish the Salsa Verde
Pour the salsa verde into a medium bowl, then add the diced avocados, onions, and cilantro. Stir. Serve with your favorite chips or in/on your favorite Mexican dishes.
- Tomatillos tend to finish cooking before the other peppers. If this happens, simply removed them and continue boiling the other peppers until their color has also changed.
- Be sure to reserve some of the boiling water to add even more flavor to the salsa verde when you thin it out.
- Dice your avocado just before adding it to the salsa verde to avoid browning.
- For less heat, remove the seeds from the peppers before blending them.
- Adjust the heat even further by using fewer jalapenos or serrano pepper, or remove the serrano altogether.
- For a mild version of this sauce, use tomatillos exclusively.
What to Serve with Salsa Verde with Avocado
Salsa verde is a super-versatile sauce that you can use on or in just about anything. You can serve it with all of your favorite Mexican dishes and then some. Try it with:
- Tortilla chips
How to select tomatillos for salsa verde?
Perfectly ripe tomatillos should have a husk that completely covers the fruit. It’s okay if the bottom of the tomatillo pokes out a little, but that’s all. The husk should have no signs of tearing and should be relatively tight. Give the tomatillo a gentle squeeze. If it’s firm but not hard, it’s ripe. If there is more give than that, the tomatillo is overripe.
What is the difference between green salsa and salsa verde?
There is no difference. Salsa verde translates to green salsa, so the only difference is that one name is English, and the other is Spanish.
What does salsa verde taste like?
At its core, salsa verde is tart, tangy, and zesty with a bright, refreshing taste. It can range from mild to extremely hot, depending on the number of peppers like jalapenos or serrano peppers added to the base.
Are there different types of salsa verde?
While there are many kinds of green salsas, there is only one true salsa verde. That being said, there is no end to the various heat levels that salsa verde can have.
Can you use salsa verde in place of green enchilada sauce?
You can. The two are very similar, to begin with, in fact.
How to Store Leftovers
Store this in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. If you choose to omit the avocado, it will last for at least a week. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 2 months in an airtight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bags.
Try This Delicious Tomatillo Avocado Salsa Recipe Today
This salsa verde with avocado is tangy, and super spicy with a nice counterpoint of cool creaminess from added avocado. You can adjust the heat to your liking, and it comes together quickly and easily. Oh, and I can’t forget that you can use it as both a dip and a topping. With a combo like that, there’s no reason not to try this recipe. I know that once you do, you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
More Delicious Salsa and Dip Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Jalapeño Salsa – A spicy and delicious salsa recipe that is great to serve with corn tortilla chips or to top your favorite Mexican recipes or add it to your burgers, chicken and pork.
Crock Pot Queso with Italian Sausage -This queso dip is an easy crock pot recipe and a twist on the classic queso with the addition of Italian sausage.
7 Layer Bean Dip – This bean dip is loaded with refried beans, two types of cheese, sour cream, olives, salsa, cilantro and homemade guacamole. The perfect party dip.
And, here is an easy and delicious Pico de Gallo recipe from Great Grub, Delicious Treats that you will enjoy as well.
Salsa Verde with Avocado
- 1 avocado, diced
- ¼ cup diced white onion
- ⅓ cup chopped cilantro leaves
- In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic cloves and roast until soft. Remove and add to blender or Vitamix.
- In the same saucepan, add tomatillos, jalapenos, serranos and onion.
- Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over medium high heat until soft and the color has changed to a pale green.
- Drain water, reserving ⅓ cup.
- Add the cooked ingredients, salt and ⅓ cup water. Blend until combined and smooth.
- Pour into a medium bowl, add diced avocados, onions and cilantro. Stir.
- Serve with your favorite chips or add to your favorite Mexican dishes.
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