Purple Tomatillo Salsa

What's the secret to purple salsa? Purple tomatillos!


Did you think it would be more exciting?

If your answer is no? Good, you pass my hippie, earth-lover pop quiz! I love finding new, cool food varieties on old favorites. Did you know that the average grocery store only carries one variety of any given fruit or veggie? I think I learned that in one of Michael Pollan's books but I'm not 100% sure. I really want to credit my sources on this one, but I really don't have to. I mean, just go to your grocery store and look around. There may be 4 or 5 types of tomatoes and 2 types of lettuce, but that's about all the variety you're going to get. 


Enter farmer's markets, where people are so into food, they love growing stuff you've never even heard of! I. Love. That. Think of a world where purple tomatillos are extinct. Boo! Support your local farmer's market!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 of a medium jalapeƱo 
  • 1 (very) small onion or 1/2 cup chopped
  • 9 medium tomatillos
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro 
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice (optional)


  • Chop all ingredients coarsely and place inside a food processor.
  • Blend until smooth. 

I am still lamenting the slight blurry effect (or is it affect? I'm pretty sure it's effect. Correct me if I'm wrong) on all these photos. The compulsive person who lives inside me may hunt down some more purple tomatillos just to re-do these pictures. In which case, I'd also have to redo yesterday's chunky salsa post. Extra salsa is not the worst thing to happen to a person. So, I think I'll be fine. Irritated, but fine.