Salsa Verde with Avocado – The Foodie Patootie

Salsa Verde with Avocado

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I have a love/hate relationship with our back patio. On one hand, we have food growing – mostly hot peppers like this one big, menacing ghost pepper that sits in the corner and surveys the scene – and that’s always exciting. On the other, there are frogs back there because we also have tilapia and a filtration system that the frogs love hiding around because it’s humid. And frogs like to jump and one time I was doing the laundry and a frog jumped right over me so I dropped all the laundry and refused to go back out on the patio ever again.

My husband now does all the laundry, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, right ladies?? So I guess I have a love/hate relationship with frogs too.

One of the most used ingredients in my house is red pepper flakes because my husband and I love spice in our food. We have about 50 thai chili peppers ready to be used on our back patio (sans frogs because they are all too busy keeping tabs on the tilapia).

So basically we have all these peppers and we have to think about when to use them in our dishes. What to make, what to make? ‘Cause I’ll be damned if those peppers just shrivel up! If you have any pointers, leave a comment below.

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Which all leads me to a recipe that has no thai chili peppers at all. So what was the point of all that? I just don’t know. We like spice and so I have a spicy recipe for you.

GREEN SALSA! SALSA VERDE! I’M SO EXCITED CAN’T YOU TELL!

I love salsa. Chips and salsa is basically a food group for me, like I have an extra pocket in my stomach for chips and salsa at any time of day or night. Naturally, salsa verde, being spicier than the traditional red salsa, is key. So I set out to make salsa verde because a) I’ve never done it and b) I was making enchiladas and those little Mexican burritos needed some spicy sauce, basically to lay in and be drizzled over. So much green salsa, you guys.

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I know there are a lot of salsa verde recipes out there that tell you to deseed the jalapeño peppers, but that’s not the game I play. Pepper rib and seeds all go into the mixture. And these jalapeños? Very ripe. At their spiciest, I’m pretty sure. No worries, an avocado mixed in there will do the trick to cut down on that spice and provide this velvety feeling to the salsa even though it’s pretty thin in texture. It’s a different sort of combination that I think even non-spice lovers will enjoy. And if you are “one of those”, feel free to get rid of the rib and seeds of the pepper and/or use less peppers, or more avocado or tomatillo or cilantro.

One of the best things about making salsa is it’s really hard to mess it up. You can start small and add more flavors as you go. I tasted mine at least 3 times throughout to make sure I had all the flavor I wanted. And then, somehow, tortilla chips just fell out of the cabinet into my hand and my hand moved over and over and over again between my mouth and the salsa verde. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING, BUT IT WAS CLEARLY BEYOND MY CONTROL!!!

Okay, so sue me, I can’t stop eating chips and salsa. For reals.

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Salsa Verde with Avocado

This salsa verde is a spicy variety you'll love. The avocado cuts through the heat to not only subdue it a little bit, but make the texture a little more velvety. It's a great dip for any par-tay!!!

Ingredients:

  • 10 tomatillos, husks removed, cut into quarters
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled, cut into quarters
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place tomatillos, peppers, garlic, onion, and cumin in a blender and pulse until all ingredients are mixed.
  2. Add cilantro, avocado and salt (just a pinch to start), and pulse more until the texture is just slightly chunky. Taste and adjust for salt, or any other ingredient as you see fit.
  3. Find some chips and go to town!
  • When picking tomatillos, picks ones that have a husk, or covering, that's tight-fitting and blemish-free. The more loose the husk is, the most past peak the tomatillo is.
  • To make the salsa a little less spicy, you can remove the rib and seeds from the peppers.

53 Responses to “Salsa Verde with Avocado”

  1. Robin Masshole mommy — July 23, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I just discovered the fact that I like avocados very recently. Now I can’t get enough of them!

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 1:10 pm

      ME TOO, Robin. I like to have 1/2 an avocado every morning for breakfast.

  2. Rebecca Bryant — July 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

    YUM!! We love our salsa here. We eat it by the bowl fulls. 

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 1:10 pm

      Great minds think alike!

  3. Lisa Nolan — July 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I love avocados! They are very popular in California! And salsa verde is my all-time favorite! What a great combo!

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

      I wish I lived in California, if only for the avocados!

  4. Dawn McAlexander — July 23, 2015 at 11:16 am

    That looks as good as any store bought salsa verde I have ever seen. I bet it tastes awesome too. I might try to make it at home.

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

      Thanks, Dawn! It definitely has a kick, but I mean, I recommend it. 😉

  5. Maryann — July 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    This sounds so yummy! It remind me of a Pervian Chicken with Aji Verde recipe I make often. Very similar flavors, so so delish!

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

      Oooo do you have a recipe you could share??

  6. Jeanine — July 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious. I’m a fan of avocado but don’t eat nearly enough of it!

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

      I could eat avocado constantly and never tire of it!

  7. Chastity — July 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Yum, I could eat salsa everyday! Can’t wait to try this recipe – looks and sounds wonderful.

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 10:11 pm

      I could too! There’s always room for chips and salsa.

  8. Jaclyn — July 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Oh my gosh. Do you KNOW how much I love me some “green sauce?!?!” 😉 Don’t forget the margaritas…

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 10:10 pm

      Well, now I do! 😉 Thanks for the comment. I will for sure NOT forget the margs.

  9. Ana De- Jesus — July 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Mind sending me some spicy salsa verde through the mail ? I need some spice in my life! What a delicious and healthy recipe and great for the party season too.http://www.fadedspring.co.uk/

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 10:10 pm

      Haha, I’ll get right on that, Ana. I agree! There are so many summer dishes that a nice salsa verde would go well with.

  10. Jessica Harlow — July 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I love fresh, homemade salsa! I’m so eager to try this recipe! And, I can’t wait to hear what you are going to be making with that Ghost Pepper!

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 10:09 pm

      Hahaha, stay tuned. I just may be making something this weekend!

  11. Debbie Denny — July 23, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Do like avocados. That salsa looks fantastic.

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 10:09 pm

      Thanks, Debbie! Avocados are basically a food group for me.

  12. Mama to 5 BLessings — July 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I love avocado. This sounds amazing, I will have to try it, bet it goes great drizzled over a salad! 

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

      Oh, what a great idea!

  13. Liz Mays — July 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    This stuff sounds so good! The avocado will add some nice texture to this salsa.

    • Jennifer — July 23rd, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

      The avocado definitely does! And even despite the heat, you can totally taste the avocado.

  14. Lorane — July 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    This is a great Recipe for a nice Summer Barbecue or dinner among friends. I guess that situation with the frog worked out for the best 🙂

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:39 am

      Hahaha, yes, yes it did. And I could see this salsa verde being brushed over grilled corn, now that you mention summer BBQs!

  15. Shelly — July 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I’m so with you on chips and salsa being its own food group. My 10 and 13 year old daughters are even pros at making salsa from scratch, and I am sure to always keep my kitchen stocked with the staples: tomatoes, chiles, cilantro, limes and white onion. 

    I’m bookmarking this recipe! Thank you!
    P.S. Love your blog name! 🙂

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:39 am

      Thanks so much, Shelly! I hope you, and your daughters, enjoy this recipe. My husband actually came up with my blog name, haha.

  16. Rosey — July 24, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I’m seeing so many great recipes with avocado lately (and hurrah for it). I love this one!

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:37 am

      Me too! It’s what inspired me to add it to this salsa. They are everywhere. I’m making something today with more.

  17. Terri Ramsey Beavers — July 24, 2015 at 7:58 am

    That salsa verde looks delicious.  My mom adds avocados to everything and I’m sure she’d love this salsa as well.  I’d love to make some for her (and me of course).

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:37 am

      Your mom is clearly a very smart woman!

  18. Annie {Stowed Stuff} — July 24, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Oh my goodness – YES! This is something I would love. Avocados are so yummy. This looks heavenly and I’d just need a whole bag of chips to go with it! 

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

      Orrrrr just a spoon? haha

  19. Manuela @ A Culitvated Nest — July 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I love Avocado. It is so refreshing and versatile. I will give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

      Hope you enjoy it, Manuela.

  20. Cathy @ Our Mini Family — July 24, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Mmmm I love salsa verde! Your recipe sounds fantastic–pinning for later!

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

      Thanks, Cathy! Hope you enjoy it!

  21. Cristy — July 24, 2015 at 11:06 am

    This looks so delicious. Now I need some chips!

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

      You and me both!

  22. Debra — July 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I love that you included Avocado in this! It would be great with avocado! 

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:35 am

      Isn’t everything? 😉

  23. This looks so good! I want some.

    • Jennifer — July 26th, 2015 @ 9:35 am

      Thanks, Bonnie!

  24. Amazing recipe! I love avocado so this would be perfect addition for my lunches and this vibrant green colour is simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    • Jennifer — August 23rd, 2015 @ 6:53 pm

      I do love this salsa verde much more with avocado because it just kind of smooths out the salsa a little more. Enjoy!

  25. Kristina — August 26, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    this sounds SO flavorful, I love it! 

    • Jennifer — August 28th, 2015 @ 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Kristina!

  26. Ali @ Home & Plate — August 27, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I love the idea of using tomatillos in this salsa. It looks perfect for upcoming tailgate parties.

    • Jennifer — August 28th, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

      Ooh good call! I don’t care much for football, but I definitely enjoy the food.

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