Author: Mex Trade Team


Tomatillos are close relatives to cape gooseberries. Their similarities are so striking once you see them close together: Their husk, shape and internal fruit are almost the same. They both have the same sticky skin once the husk is removed. Both delicious in different ways. Tomatillos are a key ingredient in Mexican cuisine. If you have tried Salsa Verde, then you have tried tomatillos.


Tomatillos were first domesticated in Mexico even before tomatoes. Ever since they have been a very important part of Mexican cuisine. Their tart and fresh flavour blend so well with other classic Mexican ingredients such as chillies and herbs like coriander. Any green sauce or salsa with a delicious tangy flavour has most likely been prepared with tomatillos.


While in Mexico fresh tomatillos can be found anywhere, the same is not possible in the UK. Growing the plant requires warm conditions. We sometimes are able to find them in speciality greengrocers and most times they are brought from The Netherlands. Their price is usually very high for just a few. The answer to this is to get tinned tomatillos. These have been simmered until softened and preserved. All that needs to be done is drain them. The tinned presentation is very versatile, they can be blended and even grilled to make delicious salsas and sauces. We supply the best quality tinned tomatillos from La Costeña, the most trusted Mexican brand in Mexico and the world. Find them here.



Inspiration on how to make the most of them can be found in the following recipes:

Tomatillo & Aubergine Conffit

Vegetables & Tomatillo Pie

Pasilla de Oaxaca Salsa

Beef Tinga

Also, find delicious recipes using Salsa Verde made with tomatillos:

Chicken & Chorizo Pie

Tamal Cupcakes

Enchiladas Verdes

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