Healthy Tomatillo Recipes

Find healthy, delicious tomatillo recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Skillet Green Chile-Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 5 stars
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This 45-minute enchilada recipe is bursting with chicken, tomatoes, tomatillos, chile peppers, and cheese, and because it's a one-skillet casserole, cleanup is a breeze.

Chicken & Tomatillo Enchiladas

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Roasting tomatillos before pureeing them into a green enchilada sauce adds another dimension of flavor and a little sweetness. Put out plenty of toppings so everyone can add what they like.

Potato Enchiladas

Rating: 3 stars
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Frozen potatoes, often labeled diced hash brown potatoes, make these healthy enchiladas come together quickly. Feel free to sub in sweet potatoes for an added boost of vitamin A, if desired.

Slow-Cooker Charred Chile Verde Chicken

Chile verde is a Mexican green chile sauce made with tomatillos, garlic and hot peppers. Here, the sauce is poured over chicken quarters and infuses them with a sweet spice as the dish slowly cooks. Don't skip charring the vegetables--it's key to opening up their bold flavors and giving the sauce its iconic dark green color. Garnish your slow-cooker salsa verde chicken with thinly sliced jalapeño chiles and fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.

Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 5 stars
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Prepare this dish the night ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven for an easy and delicious dinner.

Southwest Flank Steak with Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Rating: 3.5 stars
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Tart, fruity tomatillos make a delicious salsa that complements this Southwestern-inspired flank steak.

Salmon with Chopped Tomatillo Salad

Rating: 5 stars
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We made this chopped salad with pico de gallo in mind. Tangy tomatillos add fresh crunch to the classic mixture of tomatoes, cilantro and onion to brighten up this broiled salmon recipe.

Roasted Corn & Poblano Chowder

Roasting the corn and peppers in the oven before adding them to the soup adds intense flavor to this chowder recipe. Before serving, blend half of the soup to ensure a thicker base.

Fresh Tomatillo Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This super-fresh salad spiked with crushed red pepper is a riot of tastes and textures--tart tomatillos, sweet and juicy ripe tomatoes and cooling and crunchy jicama. It makes an excellent side dish to a grilled steak.

Chipotle Skirt Steak Tacos with Smoky Tomatillo Salsa

Rating: 5 stars
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Here's a pro tip from chef Rick Bayless, who shared this skirt steak taco recipe: puree a can of chipotles in adobo sauce and keep it in your fridge. Adobo is a vinegary tomato sauce, so along with the chipotles (smoked jalapeños), it becomes an all-purpose marinade that's spicy, smoky and salty, all in one. In this recipe you brush it on the steak before grilling but Bayless also does the same move on eggplant, chicken and fish. And having the sauce on hand means you're ready to whip up this easy grilled dinner at a moment's notice.

Tomatillo Breakfast Tacos

Loaded with 20 grams of protein, this breakfast taco recipe is a satisfying way to start the day. Queso blanco, also known as queso fresco, is a soft, slightly salty fresh Mexican cheese. Look for it in Latin markets and large supermarkets.

Tomatillo Gazpacho

Rating: 4.2 stars
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This tomatillo-based gazpacho is gorgeously green with a tart flavor that complements the sweet shrimp and salty olives. Make this meatless by substituting ricotta salata or feta for the shrimp. Serve with: Cheese quesadillas.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Turkey Tomatillo Burgers

Beautiful green slices of tomatillo and melted Muenster cheese sit atop these grilled turkey burgers. A teaspoon of chopped chipotle peppers is added to the ground turkey mixture, providing just a touch of heat to these mouthwatering burgers.

Green Tomatillo Gazpacho

Make this cold soup in the middle of summer, when garden tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are at their peak. Start with 1 cup of broth, adding more to reach the desired consistency. Very ripe (and juicy) summer tomatoes will need less broth; less-ripe tomatoes will need more.

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

Raw tomatillos replace the tang usually provided by buttermilk in this creamy salad dressing recipe. Toss with your favorite greens or serve with crudités or roasted potato wedges.