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Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

Posted by on July 11, 2012


Avocados are one of my favorite fruits, and I’ll eat them just about anyway I can get them, whether raw, sliced and sprinkled with sea salt, ground black pepper and a bit of garlic, or smashed into guacamole.  On rare occasions I’ll eat them fried and filled with crabmeat or shrimp salad, but these days I enjoy them most often as a spoonable condiment for anything and everything.  I was inspired to make Avocado Tomatillo Salsa when Addie Broyles featured a recipe for Torchys Taco’s new Avocado Sauce in her Relish Austin blog.  After a bit of tweaking to fit my family’s tastes, this salsa has become a refrigerator staple in our casa.

My version uses tomatillos and peppers roasted on our barbecue grill instead of fried, as in Torchy’s recipe.  I also changed the amount of a few ingredients to make a hotter, more garlicky sauce.  The basic recipe is easily modified for heat seekers, garlic lovers, and those who delight in an onion-y dip.  You can view the original recipe by following the link above to the blog post.

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Inspired by Torchy’s Tacos, and hardworking avocado trees everywhere.

1 large jalapeño

2 medium serrano peppers

4 large tomatillos, husked

1 1/2 avocado

3 diced garlic cloves

1/4 cup lime juice

2 Tb. kosher salt

3/4 tsp. black pepper

1/8 cup diced onion

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Roast peppers and tomatillos on a barbecue grill pan sheet or on heavy duty tin foil until the skin of the peppers has browned and is slightly charred.  Carefully remove tomatillos whole and put in a blender.  As peppers cool, add all other ingredients to the blender.  Peel tough skin off peppers, seed them and throw those in the blender, pouring the oil in as well.  Blend until smooth, using the pulse function or stopping frequently to stir.  Store in refrigerator and use on tacos, as a dip, on scrambled eggs, as a tangy base for fresh corn cut off the cob, as a marinade for baked chicken breasts and even to make celery taste edible when used as a vehicle to convey tasty salsa to your mouth.  It’s especially good with grilled chicken or pork chops.

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