Tangy Tomatillo-Cumin Salsa

Serving Size: 8
Total Time:


  • 1 Pound tomatillo, husked and cored
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed and halved
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 0.5 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • salt


1. In a large saucepan, cover the tomatillos, onion, garlic and jalapeño with water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the tomatillos lose their bright green color, 8 minutes. Drain, transfer to a blender and let cool.

2. In a small, dry skillet, toast the cumin seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, shaking the pan, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and let cool slightly.

3. Grind the cumin to a powder and add it to the blender along with the cilantro and sugar; puree until smooth. Season the salsa with salt and serve chilled.