Have you ever heard of Tomatillos? I hadn’t really until a few years ago. Then I started seeing them regularly in the grocery store. If good ‘ole Fareway carries them regularly, I feel that many people must purchase them regularly. I was not one of these people. However, I may be a convert now.This is a tomatillo.
They kind of look like green tomatoes with a papery skin on the outside. I had no idea what they tasted like but yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and I wanted to make something festive. From the name, I decided I would include these in my Cinco de Mayo feast. So I purchased a few and was left wondering what on earth I should do with these. (Especially difficult since I still had no idea what they tasted like.)
I decided to play it safe and after several Pinterest searches was inspired to make a tomatillo guacamole. I got out my trusty food chopper and diced a few of these babies up. Turns out they taste AMAZING. They remind me a bit of rhubarb in the way that they are tangy and juicy but their flavor is more of a cross between a tomato and a pepper. And as it turns out they pair fabulously with avocado (but then again what doesn’t?). I made a simple guac and paired it was some chips, baby bell peppers, and our steaks for a Mexican inspired meal. The recipe for the tomatillo guacamole is listed below and for a fair warning – it is quite addictive 🙂
2 medium tomatillos1 ripe avacado
6-8 cherry tomatoes (more or less as you prefer)
Small handful of cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine everything in a food chopper and blend until you reach your desired consistency. I like mine slightly chunky and with lots of black pepper. This can be served with chips or veggies. Tonight we are even trying it as a topping for our grilled chicken breast.
I’m trying to find other recipes that include tomatillos as I am completely hooked on them now. Anyone have any great suggestions? Most recipes I’ve found use the tomatillos in some form of a salsa. This website had 10 great ideas for using tomatillos. I also like the idea of chicken verde enchiladas! That might be our “leftovers” dinner tomorrow night 🙂
If you haven’t yet tried this great little vegetable (or fruit – I guess I’m not really sure what it is), I challenge you to give it a go. This salsa is super easy, healthy, and tasty!