Actual Tomatillo Sauce from Texas

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“I wanted to find a tomatillo sauce recipe for ideas on how to improve my own sauce. I was so underwhelmed with what I saw I took the time to register on this website because I'm not sure anybody is making a really good, kick ass tomatillo sauce. (someone from Austin suggested using canned tomatillos... we always have tomatillos in Texas... another reason Austin is available for sale to any other state. Cheap or OBO.) Anyway, I'm not much on measuring so this is more of a guide rather than a 1/2 tsp. comino type recipe. Let your taste buds guide you like the little stick on a bottle rocket. PS tomatillos taste different based on the time of year... you have to experiement. If you are not from the south, Comino is the same as Cumin. Always keep some for any tex-mex type of dishes.”
1 big bowl

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 bunch tomatillo (peek inside the husks whilst at the store, there can be some that have split and are not recommended)
  • 3 big poblano peppers
  • onion
  • garlic
  • hot pepper, of your choice (jalapeno, serrano, etc.)
  • cilantro
  • beer, preferably Lone Star (just to drink, don't put it in your recipe)
  • salt, pepper, comino, sugar


  1. roast the poblano anyway you like, pan, grill etc. Once they are black, put them in a paper bag. Since nobody has paper bags anymore, pull out the cereal from it's box, and use the box. After 10 minutes, wash the peppers under the tap and the blackened skin will peel off. Pull off the stem and wash off the seeds.
  2. While the poblanos are roasting, soak the tomatillos in a pot of cold water, this will help soften the husks for removal. Do not rupture the tomatillos by pulling the stems to hard. You want them intact when you boil them. I don't have a time to boil them, maybe 10 minutes. They will turn weird shades of green, pull them when they look like they are about to burst, they should be soft.
  3. Put the softened tomatillos in a food processor once you have removed the stems and any hard parts.
  4. In a pan, soften a diced onion, as much garlic as you want and your diced pepper (1 good jalapeno is all you really need). Once all the "veggies" are soft or whenever the hell you want, dump them in with the tomatillos and blend.
  5. I like to really, really blend this sauce. While it is blending, add a good about (a handful) of fresh ciliantro.
  6. Add the salt and pepper and comino as well -- stopping to taste frequently. A touch of sugar needs to be added once you have it seasoned they way you like it -- you have to add at least a bit of sugar or the tangy-ness is out of control.
  7. You will make a bunch of sauce with this recipe which can then be added to most anything to make it better. If you are really prepared, do this a day or two in advance of a party and just put it out with some chips and your other dips, sauces. People will actually finish the entire bowl of this.
  8. Oh, and drink beer while you are doing this -- I promise it helps.
  9. BTW This is Tex-Mex, food network needs to add this as a category -- other wise you have to pick Baja or Oaxaca -- who knows.

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