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Master the Menu: Our Zingy Salsa Verde

SoCal Sydney’s Signature Salsa Verde Recipe

Try the recipe for our zesty Salsa Verde, a spicy green sauce that will take your dishes to the next level!

Famous in Mexico, the recipe includes tomatillos, green chillis, onions and garlic, and takes just a few minutes to whip up. Serve this salsa at your next dinner party, it makes the perfect accompaniment to tacos and margs.

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Recipe Video:

Catch our step-by-step recipe starring our Head Chef Keith Dsouza as he shows you tips and tricks for the perfect salsa verde!

Behind the Dish

The star ingredient: Tomatillos

While this small, round fruit resembles tomatoes in name, size and shape, that’s where the similarities end. Tomatillos are bright green in colour, with a unique flavour that is bright and citrusy. They can be made both raw and cooked, often retaining their tart flavour after cooking.

Known by many other names like Mexican husk tomato, husk cherry and jamberry, they are popularly used in Mexican cuisine.

For this recipe we’ve used canned tomatillos that are already pre-cooked. You can find these in your local Coles or Woolworths.


In the recipe, we use white onions, garlic, tinned tomatillos, lime juice, water, pickled jalapeños, agave syrup for sweetness and salt.

The recipe is as flexible as your dance moves – add a bit of zing with lime juice, sweeten it up with more agave, or bring the fire with as many chillies as your tastebuds can handle. We’ll leave it to the chef – AKA you!


Cut the onion into chunks and cook on a hot pan without any oil. Add the garlic to the same pan. Press down on the pan till charred well.

Add the canned (and drained) tomatillos to a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until incorporated. The salsa should be a bit chunky, not smooth.

Feel free to throw in jalapeños, lime juice or other seasonings – we’re looking for a good balance of sweet, sour, salty with a bit of heat!

Don’t forget to tag us @socalsydney_or #socalsydney if you try the recipe!