Salsa Verde + Gift Idea

Sweet Salsa Verde – a delicious salsa recipe that is sweet and spicy and takes just minutes to make. Ingredients include tomatillos, jalapeños, sugar, & cilantro.

Delicious, sweet and spicy green salsa that is great for any Mexican dinner. This recipe is made in just a few minutes and is as staple as our guacamole and homemade red salsa!

Salsa Verde aka green salsa in jar with chips

aka Green Salsa

I LOVE Salsa!! We have it for so many of our meals and we love the flavor it adds to these dishes. We have our classic Homemade Salsa and Corn Salsa, but were so glad to have come up with a recipe for Salsa Verde.

But, what is salsa verde?

Salsa verde aka Green Salsa is a sweet and spicy salsa made with tomatillos, cilantro, sugar and jalapeños. It is very popular in areas like Arizona and is served at many of its Mexican restaurants.

Not only is this salsa addicting, but it takes just about 2 minutes to throw together. Quick and easy—my kind of recipe!

Green Salsa Ingredients - tomatillos

How to Make Salsa Verde

You can’t beat recipes that take just minutes to make. This green salsa is so easy and requires just 4 INGREDIENTS, including: canned tomatillos, cilantro, sugar and jalapenos.

BLEND! To make this salsa, just combine all of the ingredients in the blender or food processor and pulse until blended well.

You can adjust the sweetness and spicy-ness based on the amount of sugar and jalapeños used.

**Note**: If you are looking for a salsa that is similar but does not have the sweetness, be sure to check out our Tomatillo Salsa. It’s more savory than this recipe, and similar to what is found at grocery for green salsa.

How to use fresh tomatillos and fresh jalapenos: I like to use the canned tomatillos and jalapenos for convenience. If you prefer to use fresher ingredients, you certainly can. Just prep the ingredients and throw them in the blender. 

  • Tomatillos: you will need about 20. Prep them by removing the papery husk and stem, then rinse in warm water to remove the sticky residue. Cut them in quarters and put in the blender. Raw tomatillos are more tart and acidic. When roasted they take on a more mellow and sweeter taste so adjust the amount of sugar used.
  • Jalapenos: You’ll need 1-2 jalapenos. Wear rubber gloves when working with this hot food. Slice the jalapenos in half and remove the seeds and veins. (If you like HOT salsa you can leave the seeds and veins, or use just a few for a medium heat) Slice the jalapenos and add them to the blender. 
  • To roast: This is not necessary, but some people like to roast them beforehand.   Place the tomatillos, jalapeños and 2-3 unpeeled garlic cloves on a baking sheet. Place the rack about 8 inches from the top. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until nicely charred. Discard the garlic and add remaining ingredients to the blender.

How to Make Green Salsa - salsa verde ingredients


How long does green salsa last? If stored in an air-tight container in the fridge, salsa verde can last for about a week. If properly canned and not opened, this green salsa can last even longer in the fridge.

Can you freeze salsa verde? You can freeze green salsa by placing it in a covered airtight container or in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. This should keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. For more tips about freezing salsa, CLICK HERE.

What to serve with it? We love serving this salsa verde recipe with chips (tortilla and Frito’s), but also love it with:

Salsa Verde Recipe - in jar

Give this salsa a try and we dare you not to love it. The combination of sweet and spicy is quite addicting, and you’ll find yourself pouring it all over your Mexican food. 😉

For more salsa recipes, check out:

Salsa Verde Recipe

4.97 from 26 votes
Sweet Salsa Verde - a delicious salsa recipe that is sweet and takes just minutes to make. Ingredients include tomatillos, jalapenos, sugar, & cilantro.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 33 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 28 oz. can tomatillos (about 20)
  • 2-3 tbsp diced jalapenos
  • 1 bunch cilantro small
  • 1/2 cup sugar (to 2/3 cup)


  • Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Do not add the juice from your tomatillo can. Add additional jalapenos for more spice or sugar for more sweet.
  • Enjoy with tortilla chips. This dip is awesome with lime tortilla chips. Yum!


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Turn this recipe into a gift just by throwing it in a jar and attaching a printable!!

NOTE: I often store my salsa in mason jars and give it as gifts. Be sure to let those you give it to know that they should NOT put the jar in the pantry unless it has been properly bottled and has a sealed lid.

I made this print for you that is cute and simple! It doesn’t need to be used just for salsa. It can be used for anything!! Attach it to a jar of candy or a box or plate of cookies.


To Save, CLICK on the link below of the tag you like. Then, RIGHT-CLICK and SAVE. Open it in a program like WORD, RE-SIZE, PRINT, cut out and attach.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas – SQUARE TAG – TURQUOISE

We Wish You a Merry Christmas – SQUARE TAG – GREEN

I also made larger tags to use as well:

We Wish You a Merry Christmas – RECTANGLE TAG – GREEN

We Wish You a Merry Christmas – RECTANGLE TAG – TURQUOISE

I attached mine with some glue dots and added some ribbon around the lid. EASY!! Hope you enjoy!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I love El Sol salsa! I can get it (sometimes) at Walmart, but not at our Sam’s. I wish they did have it. I am in northern AZ.

    1. El Sol is our FAVORITE!!! We go there all the time (the bakery is in Chandler). I’m going home for Christmas and it’s on my MUST EAT AT list. 🙂

      1. I had no idea that they had a bakery or anything like that. Wow – we should try to do that sometime. I bet it’s really good. Their salsa is on my list today. I can go through a container every week by myself. 🙂 We are in Prescott, and go down to the Phoenix area as often as we can afford to during the winter, so maybe we could go there. My husband and I drive our kids nuts with all the Mexican food. 🙂

        1. Yes, you should definitely go!! It’s in Chandler on the west side of Arizona Ave. in between Warner and Ray. It’s a little hole in the wall, but we LOVE it!! SO SO good! 😀

  2. Oh yum! I love salsa verde, glad to have found your recipe, thanks for sharing! And those labels are fantastic, I’ve pinned this post and will definitely be using both the recipe and the labels this holiday season, thanks for sharing!
    -Molly from Just a Little Creativity

  3. I’ve never had El Sol, so I’m not sure what style of salsa you prefer, Kristyn, but have you tried the fresh HEB brand salsa in the refrigerated produce section? It comes in clear, resealable baggies, and I think it’s pretty good and very fresh-tasting (but I like my salsa puréed like that). Hope you can bring back a crate of El Sol when you go home for the holidays! 😉

  4. I’m making this for Christmas gifts for my girlfriends this weekend…do you prefer to use fresh jalapeños or do you use the jarred/pickled variety?


  5. Kellyn,
    HEB also carries Julio’s salsa in the refrigerator section (usually by cream cheese/sour cream). It is a great line of fresh homemade salsa. It’s made in Del Rio, Tx. HEB also stocks the Julio chips – which have an extra layer of spice on them. As for restaurant salsa.. the hole in the wall Adelita’s off Bailey Road in Pearland is great. I’ve asked them for years to package their salsa. I’d buy it by the case 🙂

    I will definitely be making this recipe very soon! Love the simplicity of it.
    Thanks! ~sba

  6. This looks delicious! I would like to make this for gifts but am wondering how long the salsa will stay well without pressure canning it?

    1. Hi Heather! Not sure exactly how long it stays in the fridge since we always go throught it in a few days, but I’m thinking at least a week or two. Hope that helps. 🙂

  7. With both the Red Salsa and the green..How much does one recipe make…a pint…2 pints? I need to buy jars.

    1. 4 stars
      Agree on the sugar.

      I made this with only 1/4 cup and it was still a little too sweet. Can’t imagine 3/4 cup.

      I was good though. Will just need a little tweaking to make it perfect.

      1. I always suggest to readers that they modify my recipes to their liking. If you want it less sweet, I’d definitely decrease the amount of sugar. 😉

    2. It’s SWEET Salsa Verde… it’s different from your typical savory salsa. And if you don’t like it that sweet just add less sugar. 😉

  8. I cannot find canned tomatillos anywhere. Can I use fresh instead? If so how many and would I have to cook them first?

    1. I haven’t used fresh, but I’m sure you could. You would still want the same amount…about 20 small ones. Now, I’m not sure if you would need to cook them first. I wouldn’t think you’d need to. Hope that helps! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    I could eat the whole jar of this stuff!! It is so good & I love how easy it is to make. It’s not too sweet & is just perfect!

  10. 5 stars
    I love how bold the flavors are when it’s homemade vs store bought. Such a wonderful gift idea though I’m definitely making enough for me to keep as well!

  11. 5 stars
    I need to find the canned tomatillos…. I love making them in salsa but hate the peeling of the papers and the cooking! Your recipe looks so much easier,…. (I mean my new recipe for it!). 🙂

    1. Awe, thank you!! I agree..peeling is no fun! You should be able to find them in your grocery store 🙂

    1. How many pint jars do you think this recipe will fill? I’m looking to gift this to 9 people. Thank you.

  12. 5 stars
    One of the best and quickest salsas that you can make. In no time you can have a delicious salsa on the table to compliment any meal.

  13. 5 stars
    I LOVE SALSA verde, and this looks not only fabulous, but easy! a great idea for gifts, as well as making for when we have chips and salsa. i’ve always preferred green over red, so super excited to try this.

  14. 5 stars
    This salsa is the best! We love making it for so many different recipes. It’s sweet & so simple to make!