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Zvi’s smoky salsa

Zvi’s smoky salsa

Zvi’s smoky salsa

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This salsa has a smokey and spicy kick! Perfect for your next Taco Tuesday.


  • tomatillos - 2 lbs. peeled
  • red onion - 1 whole
  • garlic - 6-8 cloves fresh
  • jalapeño - 2 whole
  • chipotle peppers in adobo sauce - 7.5oz can
  • cilantro - 1 cup stemmed
  • lime - 1 whole juiced
  • salt - to taste



  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil
  2. Peel the papery skin off the tomatillos
  3. Wash your tomatillos and jalapeños
  4. Add them to the boiling water
  5. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Drain, rinse with cold water and let cool for 10 minutes


  1. Core the tomatillos
  2. Cut the stem off the jalapeños, leave the seeds for extra spicy salsa
  3. Cut the onion into quarters
  4. Stem the cilantro
  5. Remove skin from garlic
  6. Open can of chipotle peppers


  1. Add all ingredients to your blender
  2. Pulse 10-15 times depending on your preferred consistency
  3. Taste
  4. Add lime and salt to your preference
  5. Pulse 2-3 more times
  6. Share the love, snap a picture and tag #lifeisnoyoke
  7. Enjoy!

Useful tips for Zvi’s smoky salsa

Zvi’a salsa is similar looking to our 5-ingredient, easy, blender salsa recipe. But that’s where the similarities end.

This salsa is a small project. Worth the effort, of course.

Here’s what you need to know.

Peel the skin off the tomatillos. It's sticky!

Peeling the tomatillos by hand.

The tomatillos have to be boiled to bring out their flavors, don't skip this step, they are not tomatoes.

Boiling tomatillos and jalapenos to make Zvi's smoky salsa.

Core the tomatillos like you would an apple. They are too rough for the salsa.

Coring tomatillos before boiling them.

Remove the cilantro stems for a better consistency.

Removing stems from cilantro.

Find canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in the Mexican food section of your grocery. This brand is San Marcos, Zvi uses the La Costeña brand, they are all similar.

Can of San Marcos chipotle peppers next to red onion and cilantro.

Bites this big are good, but pack a pretty big punch. Go easy! :)

Close up of tortilla chip full of Zvi's smoky salsa.