Unlock the magic of homemade roasted tomatillo salsa in just 10 minutes.
Imagine sinking your teeth into a crunchy chip generously dipped in a lush, smoky salsa, bursting with flavors of green tomatillos and roasted tomatoes you’ve effortlessly air-fried.
Say goodbye to store-bought jars and elevate your Mexican nights with this vibrant green salsa—a delicious cousin to the traditional red salsa—that not only makes for an irresistible dip with smoky flavor but also jazzes up white chicken enchiladas and air fryer steak.
Why the Air Fryer is Ideal for Fresh, Roasted Verde Salsa
Unlock the full potential of traditional salsa by using an air fryer to roast your natural ingredients. Quick, fresh salsa will soon become one of your favorite Mexican recipes.
Using an air fryer like the Ninja Foodi All-In-One or any other brand streamlines the preparation, making the salsa even more delicious than its raw counterpart.
Whether you’re serving this dip with Air Fryer Tortilla Chips or learning How to make Corn Tortilla Chips on the stove, air fryer recipes make creating authentic salsa with roasted tomatillos a breeze.
- Fresh tomatillos
- One medium onion, quartered
- One jalapeno pepper halved and seeds removed
- Serrano chilies to taste
- 1 Roma tomato
- Minced garlic, Pinch of salt, black pepper
- Fresh lime juice
- Fresh cilantro
- Cooking spray
How to Make Air Fryer Verde Salsa with Fresh Ingredients
Prepare the Air Fryer: Generously spray the sides and bottom of your air fryer basket with cooking spray. This ensures that your fresh ingredients won’t stick during the cooking process.
Layer the Vegetables: Place green tomatoes (tomatillos), medium white onion quarters, halved jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, and a Roma tomato in a single layer inside the air crisp basket. Make sure the vegetables are clean for even cooking.
Spritz and Season: Lightly spray the top of your vegetables with cooking spray. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and black pepper over them for enhanced flavor.
Set the Air Fryer: If using a Ninja Foodi, set it to the bake/roast setting at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. For regular air fryers, set the temperature to 350 degrees for the same duration.
Cool Down: After the cooking cycle, carefully open the lid and allow the roasted vegetables to stand and cool for about 5 minutes. The vegetables should be warm to the touch but not scalding hot before proceeding.
Process the Ingredients: Transfer the freshly roasted vegetables into a food processor. Blend for about 10 seconds or until you achieve a slightly chunky texture.
Add Flavor: Introduce minced garlic, a pinch of salt, fresh lime juice, and fresh cilantro into the food processor. There’s no need to remove the cilantro stems; they add to the rich, herbal flavor.
Final Blend: Process the mixture once more until all ingredients are well incorporated. Aim for a smooth salsa, but not to the point where the roasted tomatillos resemble soup.
Serve or Store: Serve your spicier salsa immediately with tortilla chips for the freshest experience. If you have leftovers or want to prepare this in advance, transfer the salsa to an airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
Garnish: For an extra touch of freshness and presentation, garnish your salsa with diced tomatoes and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro before serving.
This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of mouthwatering salsa, perfect for family gatherings or a quiet evening at home.
Why Homemade Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Outshines Store-Bought Jars
Regarding salsa, nothing compares to the taste of fresh ingredients air-fried to perfection. This recipe combines the tangy goodness with the zesty flavor of lime, creating a fresh salsa that’s a cut above the rest.
This easy appetizer that’s sure to impress has a fresh homemade quality that easily outshines the over-salted and overly-preserved jarred salsas in stores.
Alternative Methods for Roasting Salsa Verde Taqueria Ingredients
While an air fryer offers a quick and convenient way to bring out the rich flavors in salsa, here are some different settings and techniques you can use depending on the kitchen appliances you have on hand.
Air Fryer Salsa Options:
- Standard Air Fryer Setting: Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees and roast your salsa ingredients for 10 minutes. This setting typically yields excellent results.
- Higher Temperature Air Fryer Setting: You can also set your air fryer to 400 degrees and roast for 7 minutes. This will speed up the process, but watch the ingredients carefully to prevent excessive charring.
Ninja Foodi Specifics:
- Bake/Roast Setting: If you’re using a Ninja Foodi, select the bake/roast setting and preheat it to 400 degrees. Roast your ingredients for 10 minutes for optimal flavor extraction.
Using a Broiler:
- High-Temperature Broiling: Set your oven’s broiler on high. Place your salsa ingredients on a baking sheet and broil for 4-5 minutes. Remember to rotate the tray halfway through to ensure even roasting. Keep the tray at a moderate distance from the broiler to prevent burning.
Heat Levels of Common Mexican Peppers for Variation.
Bell Pepper: SHU: 0 (Mild)
- Common Uses: Stuffed peppers, fajitas
Poblano Pepper: SHU: 1,000 – 2,000 (Mild)
- Common Uses: Chiles rellenos, mole
Anaheim Pepper: SHU: 500 – 2,500 (Mild)
- Common Uses: Chile verde, enchiladas
Jalapeño Pepper: SHU: 2,500 – 8,000 (Moderate)
Serrano Pepper: SHU: 10,000 – 23,000 (Moderate-Hot)
- Common Uses: Salsa, guacamole
Cayenne Pepper: SHU: 30,000 – 50,000 (Hot)
- Common Uses: Hot sauces, spice blends
Habanero Pepper: SHU: 100,000 – 350,000 (Very Hot)
- Common Uses: Hot sauces, salsas
Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia): SHU: Over 1,000,000 (Extremely Hot)
- Common Uses: Extremely spicy dishes, hot sauces
Salsa Verde uses fresh tomatillos, and regular salsa only uses fresh tomatoes.
Don’t have an Air Fryer or a Ninja Foodi? No Problem! While Salsa Verde can be made simply from raw vegetables, it’s super easy to oven-roast as well. Simply prep and place vegetables on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Broil vegetables for about 4-5 minutes to get a nice char level, rotating as needed. As always, when using a broiler, monitor so you do not end up with a pile of burned mush.
Salsa is such a personal thing, and if you prefer yours to be a little thinner, simply add up to 3 tablespoons of water into the food processor. Salsa tends to thicken a bit in the fridge, so it’s also a way to bring it back to life should that happen to you.
Tomatillos are savory fruit that is grown wrapped in a husk and are found most predominantly in Mexico for their heartiness. While most US grocery stores have husks stripped already, if you get one with a husk, simply peel and proceed.
Air Fryer Salsa Verde has quite a bit of acid, and the sugar helps cut through that. The salsa will not taste like sugar! And, of course, this ingredient can be omitted if you prefer.
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