Recipe By Sony
Published Apr 15th
Prep 15m Cook 11m Additional - Ready In 26m
Servings 8 servings Calories 39.8

This delicious Mexican salsa (Salsa martajada de tomate verde) is made with fresh tomatillos, chiles de arbol, and garlic. Everything is chargrilled till blackened, imparting a smoky flavor that makes this salsa so special. Serve with tortilla chips, or as an accompaniment to your favorite Mexican meal.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh tomatillos, husks removed
  • 10 dried chile de arbol peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • salt to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Line a heavy cast iron grill pan or griddle with aluminum foil and place over high heat. Arrange tomatillos, chiles de arbol, and garlic in a single layer on top. Grill until chiles are blackened, turning as necessary, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Continue grilling tomatillos and garlic until they are evenly blackened, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  2. 2 Peel garlic and place in a mortar and pestle. Season with salt and pound into a thick paste. Add chiles; pound until smooth. Add as many tomatillos as you can fit in your mortar; pound until chunky. Transfer salsa to a bowl. Repeat with remaining tomatillos, mixing them into the bowl of salsa in batches.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 39.8
  • Carbohydrate 7.3 g
  • Fat 1.2 g
  • Fiber 2.2 g
  • Protein 1.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.2 g
  • Sodium 20.9 mg
  • Sugar 4.5 g

Chef's Notes

The chiles and garlic will finish before the tomatillos, so remove them once they are charred. I use a fair amount of salt in this salsa.


  1. DELICIOUS! I used it both as a dip, and also to top shrimp and chicken enchaladas!
  2. This is exactly how my mom makes hers and we chow I