Be The Change: I Love Salsa – Let Me Count The Ways…

What’s not to love about salsa? It’s one of my favorite ways to boogie!

And I also love (green) salsa – that secret sauce you put on tacos, burritos, tostadas and so many other food items.  I mean, I put it on just about everything except my oatmeal. Did you know that there are multiple ways to make this spicy deliciousness?

Growing up my father made this all the time, and it was a staple in our families Mexican restaurant as well as in our household. My father seemed to have that magic touch! I took for granted that my Dad always made it until I recently asked him for the recipe to make it myself since we’re not in the same household anymore.

The main ingredients are green tomatoes or “tomatillos,” some kind of chile, garlic, salt and a bit of water. From here there are many variations.

These ingredients have a lot of those wellness chemicals that come from the sun (phytonutrients), vitamins and minerals that our bodies need and are highly anti-inflammatory and filled with antioxidants.

Additionally, these salsas add that tangy, spicy, acid flavor we like to add for a more balanced tasting experience.

Here’s my father’s delicious recipe:


  • 10 tomatillos
  • 5 chiles de arbol dried
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt or more to taste

Put peeled and washed tomatillos on a hot plate on the stove to char/roast.  When they start to turn yellowish remove from stovetop.

Put the tomatillos, the chiles (without a stem), the peeled garlic cloves, oregano, salt and 1/2 cup of water into a blender.

Blend for about 2 minutes. Your salsa is ready to enjoy!

For a visual on how to do it and two other delicious variations, visit my youtube channel by searching Marcella Castellanos Mexico Salsa in the search bar of youtube.

Hasta pronto!