Recipe: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa and Home-Baked Tortilla Chips

This tangy chips and salsa recipe is tastier and healthier than anything you'll find at a restaurant.

April 29, 2015
tomatillo salsa

Traditional salsa is a snack classic, but if you want to add a little zest to your next fiesta, you'll want to swap red tomatoes for tomatillos. The tangy fruits are a staple of traditional Mexican fare, and since they're easy to roast, season, and puree, you get a big flavor payoff for minimal effort. 

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This healthy salsa verde recipe from Cook Yourself Sexy was inspired by author Candice Kumai's childhood in Southern California, and it includes homemade, whole-grain tortilla chips that won't mess with your bikini-ready plan. Restaurant tortilla chips can pack as many as 1,000 calories per bowl, but this version gives you chips and salsa for around 300 calories per serving! Plus, you get 6 grams of filling fiber, which makes this saucy snack the perfect light bite for summer.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa and Home-Baked Chili-Lime Tortilla Chips
(Makes 6 servings)
Nutrition per serving: 317 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated), 7 g protein,  6 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 912 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrates

You'll Need:

For the chips:
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄4 cup fresh lime juice
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 (10-inch) flour or whole wheat tortillas

For the salsa:
1 pound tomatillos, husked
1⁄2 red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 chipotle chile peppers (wear plastic gloves when handling)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1 1⁄2 cups water
1 large ear corn, roasted, kernels removed
2 tablespoons lime juice

How to Make It:

The chips:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil.

2. In a bowl, mix the chili powder, sea salt, lime juice, and olive oil together until well combined.

3. Place a tortilla on a cutting board, cut it in half, and then cut each half into quarters so you end up with 8 triangles. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Brush the triangles with the spice mix and place them on 2 rimmed baking sheets so they are just barely touching one another (you may need to toast them in 2 batches).

4. Bake the tortilla triangles until browned and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet midway through cooking. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before transferring them to a large serving bowl.

The salsa:

1. Meanwhile, blister the outside of the peeled tomatillos over a gas range or grill, set them aside on a clean work surface to cool slightly, and then slice them into quarters.

2. Place the quartered tomatillos, onion, garlic, and chipotle peppers in a saucepan. Season with the cilantro, oregano, cumin, and sea salt. Pour in the water.

3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the tomatillos are soft, 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Using a blender, carefully puree the tomatillo mixture and water in batches until smooth.

5. Add the roasted corn kernels and lime juice. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve alongside the home-baked chips. Delish!

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