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Chipotle Tomatillo Salsa

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This Chipotle Tomatillo Salsa is yet another option in an already vast family of salsas. It is the perfect condiment if you’re looking for a smokey and tangy kick. Perfect for topping tacos, grilled meats, or veggies; it adds a depth of flavor and heat. The combination of the chipotle and tomatillos are at the heart of this salsa, while the tomatoes and garlic add a subtle sweetness and brightness.

tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, and garlic being roasted on a comal for a salsa.

Chipotles in Adobo

Chipotles in adobo yield such a wonderful flavor. Together with the tomatillos, they create a depth of flavor that is just amazing! it is nothing short of unbelievable! I would dare to say it could even be used as a base for a spicy BBQ sauce if you ask me. It is that good!

a pinch bowl with chipotles in adobo.

This salsa is a masterclass in balance, with each ingredient working together to create a fiesta of flavors. You can also use it as a dip for chips or veggies, or as a topping for empanadas. Either way you decide to use it will deliver great results. The possibilities are endless! By the way, I leave you the empanadas video below so you can pair them with that delicious salsa you’re about to make! In addition to the empanadas, you will also find the step by step on how to make this delicious Chipotle Tomatillo Salsa.

FULL Youtube video tutorial on how to make ground beef empanadas with chipotle tomatillo salsa, Mexican-style.

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Chipotle Tomatillo Salsa

Recipe by Villa Cocina
5.0 from 4 votes
Course: SidesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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When it comes to Mexican salsas; you must know, roasting equals flavor. Seriously, the charred ingredients are a synonym of gratifying smoky tones that complement any dish. This chipotle tomatillo salsa has all the right ingredients which makes for a well balanced end result. 


  • 1/2 lb tomatoes, whole 

  • 1/2 lb tomatillos, whole  

  • 1/4 ea medium white onion 

  • 2 ea garlic cloves, unpeeled 

  • 1 ea small garlic clove, peeled 

  • 2 ea chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

  • 1/4 tsp cumin, whole  

  • Salt to taste 


  • Roast the tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, and 2 unpeeled garlic cloves on a comal over medium to medium high heat. Once cooked and charred/blacked all around, remove from the heat. Some ingredients will be ready sooner then others. Allow them to cool down. 
  • Remove the peel from the garlic. Cut out the stem from the onion. Add all the roasted ingredients into a blender together with the small raw garlic clove, chipotle peppers, and cumin. Blend until completely smooth.
  • Pour the salsa into a container, stir in salt and set aside until needed.

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