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Canning Salsa Verde, Made With Tomatillos

Let’s just call this liquid gold my friends.

Canning salsa verde, made from beautiful tomatillos (these are the green tomatoes you’ll see at the farmers market with a husk coving them), charred peppers, cilantro, and cumin, will be one of the best things you did all summer!

Canning Salsa Verde, Made With Tomatillos

After having some amazing chicken and white bean enchiladas with a spicy salsa verde while on vacation in Playa Del Carmen with the boyfriend, I’ve wanted to recreate it. Using a recipe I slightly adapted from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving, this Tomatillo Salsa Verde is a keeper. The only adaptations I made to the recipe were the spices and types of peppers.

To achieve a deep, slightly smoked flavor while canning salsa verde, I did two things:

1. Roasted 3/4 of the tomatillos in a hot 500 deg. F oven until the juices were sizzling out of them and they were slightly charred. I kept the other 1/4 raw to make sure the end product still had a nice green color.

2.Added quite a bit more cumin and then what really sealed the deal – smoked spanish paprika from Penzeys Spices. Its great flavor comes from being naturally smoked over oak fires.

Note: I checked with the University of Missouri Extension services to make sure these changes were safe which was a very useful discussion to learn about canning safety!It is extremely important when canning things like salsa or other vegetables that you use a tested recipe from either the  National Center for Home Food Preservation, a state extension, or Ball Canning. These groups laboratory test their recipes for numerous requirements to ensure proper canning techniques and processing times that are utilized based on food acidity.

Tomatillos have a papery husk. Used in salsa verde.The spiciness can be adjusted by using hot or mild peppers, or adjusting the mix of peppers. You should not, however, increase the number of pounds or cups of peppers in the recipe; as well as onions. Increasing or decreasing the amount of peppers or onions can impact the acidity of the product, potentially making it unsafe.

Enjoy salsa verde as a simple appetizer with tortilla chips, added to a chicken tortilla soup, on tacos, or enchiladas. It will definitely add deep flavor to whatever you choose!

If you begin canning salsa verde and make this recipe, tag me on instagram with #heartbeetkitchen, or @heartbeetkitchen!

salsa verde // tomatillo salsa

Recipe: Canning Salsa Verde, Made With Tomatillos

Yield: 4 to 5 half pints
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A recipe for canned salsa verde, made from beautiful tomatillos, charred peppers, cilantro, and cumin, will be one of the best things you did all summer!


  • 5 1/2 cups (about 2 pounds) chopped tomatillos, husked and cores removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped peppers (i used a mix of green bell, jalapenos, and thai chilies)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked spanish paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice


  1. Have jars ready for canning, sterilized and hot.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place 3/4 of the chopped tomatillos on a baking sheet, reserve remaining 1/4. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until they are slightly charred and their juices are seeping out.
  3. While they are roasting, chop the onion and peppers in a food processor. Remove and put into sauce pot you will be using to cook.
  4. Then remove tomatillos from oven, let cool a few minutes, and pulse in food processor along with the 1/4 raw tomatillos that you reserved. Add all tomatillos to the sauce pot that has the onions/peppers, along with the garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, vinegar, and lime juice. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to a simmer for 12 minutes. During the last minute of cooking add the minced cilantro.
  5. Ladle hot salsa into hot sterilized jars, and leave 1/2 inch head space. Place sterilized rings and lids on top, then return to boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool, listen for the pop!


Store jars in a cool, dark space. Eat within 18 months of canning date.

52 thoughts on “Canning Salsa Verde, Made With Tomatillos

    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      Hi Lesa! If you can this salsa, you leave it on your shelf in a dark spot for up to 18 months. Then once opened it will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks. If you do not hot water bath can it, it will last in the refrigerator for 1 month once opened.

  1. Staci G.

    Was curious how many Thai chilies and jalapeños you use. I love spicy but I don’t want to burn my face off either haha. Thanks :)

    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      Hi Staci! For a mild-medium version of this salsa verde I typically use two medium sized jalapenos with seeds or 1 jalapeno and 1 thai chile. Maybe try that with one batch as a guide, then make it spicier if you like the next time. Enjoy!

  2. Sherry Brotherton

    I made the salsa today & I have to say it turned out beautiful. I love the bite that you get from the jalapeño. Thank you for the recipe.

  3. Delia

    Hi, I made this salsa verde recipe and unfortunately I used lemon juice instead of lime juice. Recipe is very sour, so how can I rectify this? Can you help?

    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      Hi Delia! If you used lemon instead of lime juice, you can subdue the sourness by dissolving some sugar into it. This counteracts the acidity. Each time you open a jar, pour the salsa into a saucepan and bring it to medium heat. Stir in 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, then bring to a light simmer. Cook for about 4 minutes to help the sugar to dissolve. Taste, then add a little more sugar if still too sour. You can then add it back to the jar you canned it in and store it in the refrigerator.

  4. juwain

    Hi I am wondering how you measured the tomatillos. After they were roasted? It says 5 1/2 cups of chopped tomatillos do you cut them up measure them and then roast them. Thanks for the help

    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      Hello! It is 5 1/2 cups chopped tomatillos total (before roasting), then roasting all but about 1 cup of them for the part of the recipe that calls for the raw tomatillos. Hope that helps, enjoy.

  5. Tiffany Fuller

    Hi! I was just wondering if I could substitute the tomatillos for Green Tomatoes? Also, how much would the flavor change without the smoked paprika (though that sounds amazing!)?

    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      Hi Tiffany! I wouldn’t suggest green tomatoes because I think it will be too tart. You could go without the paprika though, it just adds a slight smokiness but is still great without it!

  6. Connie

    Thanks for the recipe. If I am going to skip canning this should I omit the vinegar? I have ruined entire recipes at the very end when I toss in vinegar.

  7. Mary S

    I was wondering how much salsa canned will I have with this recipe? I’m thinking of Christmas presents this year.
    Thanks, it sounds super yummy and easy to prepare.

  8. Marie

    Can this be done without onions and garlic? My son has a food intolerance, sadly. I could make up the volume with peppers, but I don’t know if it effects the preservation?

  9. Jodi Zimmerman

    I’m sure you know they aren’t green onions.. but your description says- green onions with the husks on them.

  10. Ana

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. We like the flavor and found the recipe easy to follow. As I planned to can the salsa, I really appreciated your safety instructions-I appreciate your research. We canned 4-8 oz 1- 4 oz and had another 4 oz to taste and refrigerate-I don’t think this will last long!

  11. Trish Lopez

    I’ve never heard of putting paprika or cumino in salsa verde and we always blanche and peel the tomatillos. The skins are tough! It’s an interesting take on such a culturally traditional sauce.

  12. Michele Wickey

    I made this last year and loved it very much. One thing I can’t remember is if I used fresh lime juice or bottled. I know when canning this can make a difference. Can you please let me know which one should be used. THANK YOU.

  13. Peggy

    The salsa came out very good. I used poblanos & jalapeños. I don’t think this will last long once opened. I had a little left after filling the last jar, and just stuck that in the fridge. An excellent way to taste!

  14. Pat Sorn

    I want to follow your recipe but am concerned about using 6 cloves of garlic since I’m not a fan. Can I reduce that and have not affect the PH adversely?


    1. amandapaa Post author

      Hi Pat! The garlic isn’t overly present in the final salsa, since it is cooked well. If you did reduce, it would affect the PH, and I’m not sure how that would go.


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