Three Chile Dry Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

“A wonderful vegan Three Chile Tomatillo Salsa. The tomatillos and chiles are dry roasted (slightly blackened) in an iron skillet giving it a wonderful flavor. Great for green chilaquiles.”


  • 1 pound tomatillos, unhusked
  • 2 serrano chile peppers
  • 2 jalapeno chile peppers
  • 8 pequin chile peppers
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 small whole onion, peeled
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste


  1. Place the tomatillos, chiles, garlic cloves, and onion in a dry, cast iron pan. Toast, turning occasionally over medium-high heat until the husks of the tomatillos have blackened and their skins turn translucent. The goal is to soften the tomatillos by blackening the skin without allowing them to split. Remove from pan, and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Remove the husks from the tomatillos and the stems from the peppers. Place into the bowl of a food processor with the cilantro and salt to taste; process to desired consistency. Pour the salsa into a saucepan, and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes to mellow the flavors and remove the raw taste.