Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole

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roasted tomatillo guacamole

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If I were ever stranded on a desert island and could pick three foods to have with me, avocados would be one of them. You can do so many things with an avocado from puree them for baking, slice them for sandwiches and salads and of course, mash them for guacamole.

This recipes comes from the Dana Treat kitchen and the primary reason I’m sharing it with you here is because I don’t think people use tomatillos enough. Maybe I’m speaking for myself, but in all their husked glory, tomatillos look like they’d be tricky to work with when that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The outer husks peel off quite easily, the skins are a little tougher than tomatoes’ and though the exterior is a little bit sticky, that will disappear with a quick rinse or a spritz with fruit and vegetable spray. Green tomatillos are smaller than tomatoes and easier to slice. The flesh is slightly acidic and will add a nice citrus kick to any recipe.

Enter: guacamole. I didn’t think it was possible to like guacamole any more but this one has a nice citrus kick from tomatillos and lime juice. Jalapenos for heat and red onion for crunch make this absolutely addictive.


Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole
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Serves: 8
  • 6 medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • ½ small red onion, finely diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • Few grinds black pepper
  • 2 large avocadoes
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Place the tomatillos on a small baking sheet and into the oven.  Roast until they turning brown and starting to deflate, about 12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.  Roughly chop the tomatillos.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the onions, peppers (if you like your guacamole really spicy, feel free to leave in the seeds of one or both the jalapeno peppers), chopped tomatillos, and the avocadoes.  Using a potato masher or a large fork, mash to a chunky puree.  Squeeze in the lime and add the salt and pepper.  Either continue to mash (for a smoother consistency) or use a spatula to mix well.  Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

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    August 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I actually found that the juice of 2 limes was too much in this recipe – perhaps the avocados I used were too small or the tomatillos too large? Other than that I think it has great potential! Next time I’ll proceed very cautiously with the lime juice and just add a tablespoon or two. As you said, the tomatillos already add a little citrusy flavor.

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      Maris Callahan
      August 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks for the feedback! It can definitely depend on the size of the limes, tomatillos and avocados, so thanks for sharing the feedback and tip!

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    June 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Love this guacamole!! Thanks for submitting to Get Grillin’ 🙂

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    May 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    yummmm. i have to make this. i LOVE tomatillos. they’re so fresh-tasting!

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    May 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    man, i love guacamole. this is an interesting and very exciting twist, and it looks perfect. well done!

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    Heavenly Housewife
    May 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I would be all over this. Sounds so good, and I just adore anything with avocados!
    *kisses* HH

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    May 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

    New to your blog and love it. I could not agree more about avocados. They are an absolute staple in our household.

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    May 7, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I completely missed Cinco de Mayo this year. What a terrific guacamole! I have yet to work with tomatillos. Soon!

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    May 7, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Girl..MEEEEE too.. I love me some avocado!

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    May 7, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I love avocados and tomatillos! I’ll have to try them together. I make enchiladas verde every spring using a really simple tomatillo salsa and I’m excited to make it again this year. Your roasted tomatillo guacamole will be a great appetizer to go along with it!

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    May 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Stranded ..oh I would def go for avocados and I have to say tomatillos would be there alos..I use ALL the time, I live very close to the border so tomatillos are king them in chiaquiles verdes!! yummy guac and roasting them really brings out their earthiness, thanks for stopping by

    have a great weekend!

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    May 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    If I can ever find tomatillos here, I’ll definitely make this!!! 😀

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    May 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree that people don’t use tomatillos enough. I love them and this guacamole looks great.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
    May 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Guacamole is just one of those things that I think I could eat every day for the rest of my life. I don’t think I’ve ever met a guac I didn’t like! 🙂

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    Ally @ Sweet & Savory
    May 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I am a sucker for any chip/dip combo – this looks great!

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    May 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I didn’t think guacamole could get any better. I may be wrong!

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    May 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Tomatillos are an enigma to me. I would love to try them in your guacamole.

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    May 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    This looks like a great dip but I’ve not seen tomatillos here in Sydney. I do love a simple avocaodos on toasted bread with a little salt and black pepper.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    May 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    This looks so delicious, Maris, and I love your addition of tomatillos! Right up my alley. I had a total guacamole disaster yesterday, by the way (all those avocadoes… so sad!). Let’s just say, don’t ever try and make it in a food processor. Even with the freshest, most colorful produce you’ll end up with soupy, brown sludge. :'(

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    Lucy @ The Sweet Touch
    May 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try tomatillos and now you’ve given me the perfect recipe to try them with, and thank you for sharing the tips for how to prepare them! Have a great weekend!

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    May 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I don’t think there is a such thing as too much avocado, I do love using those tomatillos too. Wish I had whipped this up yest., maybe this weekend. Hope you have a good one.

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    May 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I could eat guacamole by the spoonful, not like that’s a bad thing. Can’t wait to try this 🙂

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    May 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Yum! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any other day!

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    May 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    okay now that sounds good. I didn’t think to use my tomatillos in guac. Genius! I could eat guac all by itself, I am obsessed with it

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Maris this looks wonderful! I haven’t cooked much with tomatillo, in fact I don’t think that we get it much here but I’d love to give this a go! 🙂

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    May 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Woah, I never thought of that, I have a lot of favourites 😛 This looks so delicious!

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    May 6, 2011 at 1:00 am

    This looks so delicious, I’m a huge fan of anything with avocados!

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    Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    May 6, 2011 at 4:21 am

    This is beautiful! I’m not a huge guacamole fan, but I know I would love this!

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    May 6, 2011 at 3:59 am

    ive never had tomatillos before (or even seen one anywhere in aust?)!
    i feel like slathering this guacamole on a thick slice of toast right now….hmmmm!

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    May 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve never had tomatillos, and not sure I will be able to get hold of them (in the UK), do you think ordinary tomatoes would do just as well?

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      Maris Callahan
      May 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      I think that would give you a very different recipe but I’m sure it would be delicious!

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    Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    May 6, 2011 at 1:08 am

    This looks like a perfect addition to a Cinco de Mayo celebration! YUM!

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    May 6, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I discovered tomatillos a few years ago and since have loved them! This is one way I haven’t eaten them. I’m imagining the creamy avocados with the acidity. Delicious!

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    May 6, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Looks so delicious – this remind me of my American host family I used to have – host father loves using tomatillo for guacamole. It was my first time seeing tomatillo back then. I love how they look – so cute!! Your guacamole looks perfect for today. Happy Cinco de Mayo Maris! 🙂

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    Sophia @ Raven Waves
    May 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!! The guac seriously is mouth-watering!!

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    May 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I would definitely bring avocados with me as well; they’re one of my absolute favorite foods. This guac looks delicious! I’ve never used tomatillos in my recipe. Happy Cinco de Mayo. 🙂

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    May 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Wow..that sounds really delicious and creative.I love guacamole..would add tomatillos nxt time I make it

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    May 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I love guacamole! Nice addition of the tomatillos to this, sounds wonderful!

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    May 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    This just made my stomach growl SO LOUDLY. Yum!

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    May 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    That must be a delicious guacamole! I have been desperatly searching for tomatillos here, but without success.



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    alyssa - fashion fitness foodie
    May 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve been looking for tomatillos everywhere! They sell out as soon as whole foods gets em.

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    May 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Interesting flavor combinations and I am so going to have to try this out in my guacamole. I like that the tomatillos were roasted, puts a whole new twist on this yummy dip!

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    May 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I love roasting veggies. So much more flavor. And while I do roast regular tomatoes, I never thought of roasting tomatillos. Don’t know why. This looks great!

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    May 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I admit to being one who has rarely used tomatillos. Avocados are almost always in our home to use in salads and occasional guacamole. I’ll have to give tomatillos another try!

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    emily (a nutritionist eats)
    May 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Love the addition of tomatillos in guac- I don’t think I’ve ever had them roasted though, amazing and perfect for spring/summer cookouts!

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    May 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve got tomatillos! …May be making this later today. 🙂

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    Rachel W.
    May 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Tomatillos are definitely intimidating, but once you peel off those skins, they are amazing! This looks so.good. Leftovers at your party tomorrow?

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    May 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Yum. I adore guac anyway, and I love the addition of tomatillos. I had a fantastic Rick Bayless recipe I made quite awhile ago that was a simple salsa that included tomatillos and I absolutely adored it. Additionally, last year I found some gorgeous purple tomatillos at the Green City Market. I hope they show up again this year because combined with some purple peppers & potatoes it made my day. 🙂

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    May 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    This looks really good. I wish i had some right now! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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    May 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    mmmm I can’t get enough guac- SO good. And I agree- its amazing how much you can do with an avocado. I’ve actually never worked with tomatillos…I need to get on that

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    May 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Happy cinco de mayo! This looks delish. Love that we can eat as much guac as we want today !

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