This is stuff dreams are made of. Or at least really good food memories. Mouth-watering day dreams of dorado carnitas with spicy green sauce oozing from tabletop squeeze bottles. The parking is impossible, the line is long and the plancha is sizzling at this ubiquitous Mexican joint. La Taqueria, in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, has some of the best tacos and burritos of all time. And considering they just won a James Beard award, I’m not the only salsa verde nut who thinks so.
Plastic bottles of this green sauce sit atop every table, and until now we haven’t been able to recreate it at home. The secret is simmering the tomatillos and serranos together until they’re soft, and then purréeing the heck out of them in a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix. The only other two ingredients are garlic and salt.
Pluck the stems from the serranos before boiling, but other than that they are blended seeds and all. I have another tomatillo salsa recipe that I make continually, but the tomatillos are roasted and the consistency is a little more chunky. This is best pureed to oblivion, into a smooth and creamy bliss. Mix it with sour cream or Mexican crema to top your next batch of chicken enchiladas suizas and let me know how it goes.
La Taqueria Green Sauce
- 1 pound tomatillos husks and stems removed and rinsed (about 8 medium size)
- 1/4-1/2 pound serranos stems removed (about 3-4 small serranos)
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Place the tomatillos and serranos in a medium-size pot with about a cup of water.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until the tomatillos and serranos are tender, about 25-30 minutes. The tomatillo skins will look stretched and like they're about to burst.
- Place everything in a high powered blender, such as a Vitamix, and thoroughly mix.
Marcia – how long does this last in the fridge?
Hi Dallas — Officially I should say one week. But we’ve used ours up to a couple weeks after I make it. Although, honestly it doesn’t usually last that long because my husband and son put it on everything!
It’s hot! Simple and tasty. My kiddo is happy.
So happy you tried it! My family loves this…if you want to tone down the heat, you can decrease the amount of serranos…
I eat there often. Been searching the web for years looking for a clone. I often sit and try to figure out what’s in it. Always came up with Tomatillo, Serrano and salt. I always felt there was a little vinegar in there but maybe not. Can’t wait to try this!
Can’t wait for you to try it. Let me know what you think…
Been eating at La Tacqueria for over 20 years. It is simply the best food. I have my sister addicted to the food, now. Thank you!!!
I can’t seem tho find serranos anywhere right now during this pandemic, would jalapenos be ok in a pinch?
Absolutely! Substitute 2-3 jalapenos. Hope you enjoy!
Approximately how many ounces does this recipe make? I want to buy squeeze bottle for it
I wish I had measured the last time I made this, but I’d say about 1 1/2-2 cups depending on the size of tomatillos and amount of serranos you use. Hope that helps!
ADDICTED to this sauce! I have a glut of tomatillos from my garden right now and was looking for something to do with them. I found it! I have made (seems like) gallons of this since finding your recipe and have gifted small jars to many friends, all of whom love it as much I do. Thank you for sharing!
Love hearing this!!!
I use 3/4lb Serrano’s and 1/2lb of jalapenos with 1.5lbs of tomatillos.
I roast the onion and garlic. Sometimes I roast the peppers / tomatillos but usually simmer them. And sometimes I add 1/4 – 1/3 cup vinegar.
I strain after blending for 5 minutes.