CitrusLove: Tomatillo Salsa Verde with Lime Salt Tortilla Chips

Tomatillo Salsa Verde with Lime Salt Tortilla Chips

It may be somewhat surprising, but winter is the season for sunny ripe citrus fruit. Limes, lemons, grapefruit, tangerines, blood oranges; they are all at their peak of ripe juiciness right now in the southern United States. So I am greatly anticipating all the sunny, juicy #citruslove recipes to be posted as part of this month’s FoodLove bloghop. My juicer stands ready!

Limes grace my counter all winter as they add the perfect fresh, acidy kick to hot tortilla soup, cabbage coleslaw or even jarred salsa.

I have always wanted to create a healthy version of the packaged lime-flavored tortilla chips. It turned out to be super simple using inexpensive corn tortillas (package of 12 is usually around $0.75.) To go with the chips, I whirred up this simple salsa verde with tomatillos I’ve stored since early fall when they were picked. (Next year, see if you can store green tomatoes or tomatillos from your garden in a dark, cool closet until December tomato sandwiches! I’ve done it two years in a row now.) The salsa verde is fat-free, low-calorie, VERY green and the perfect taste combo of salty, sweet, sour and spicy.

Tomatillo Salsa Verde with Lime Salt Tortilla Chips

Tomatillo Salsa Verde with Lime Salt Tortilla Chips

Makes 4 servings


  • Salsa:
  • 1 lb tomatillos, husked,rinsed,and chopped (about 15)
  • 3 canned jalapenos or 1 jalapeno with seeds, chopped
  • 3/4 cup flat leaf parsley (1 bunch) or 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves or
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice from 1/2 fresh lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Chips:
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • Grated zest of 1 lime
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • About 2 tablespoons canola oil


  1. For the salsa, puree tomatillos, jalapenos, parsley, lime juice, sugar and Kosher salt.
  2. For the chips, in a small bowl, mix together salt and lime zest and set aside (can be done a couple hours ahead of time to dehydrate lime zest.) Using kitchen scissors, cut each tortilla into 8 chips. Lightly brush both sides of tortillas with oil and spriinkle with lime salt. Bake tortillas in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes until just beginning to crisp. (Chips will continue to crisp when removed from oven; they will not become golden.)

Your #CitrusLove hosts this month:
Roxana @ A Little Bit of Everything
Astig @ Astig Vegan
Erin @ BigFatBaker
Anuradha @ Baker Street
Terra @ CafeTerraBlog
Lora @ Cake Duchess
Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
Amy @Elephant Eats
Shulie @Food Wanderings
Three- Cookies @ Easily Good Eats
Georgie @ Georgiecakes
Richa @ Hobby And More
Mike @ Mike’s Baking
Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
T.R. @ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Jessica @ Oh Cake
Lisa @ Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives
Sylvia @Peaches and Donuts
Linda @ Savoring Every Bite
Reem @ Simply Reem
Lisa @Smart Food and Fit
Soni @ Soni’s Food for Thought
Serena @ Teaspoon of Spice
Liz @ That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!
Laura @ The Art of Cooking Real Food
Ros @The More Thanks Occasional Baker
EA @ The Spicy RD
Susan @ The Wimpy Vegetarian
Cindy@ Vegetarian Mamma
Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!
Suzanne@You Made That?

Please join in on the #citruslove fun by linking up any citrus recipe from the month of January 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #citruslove event! The twitter hashtag is #citruslove.

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  1. tomatillos, onions and lime sound pretty good to me! :)

  2. Some of my favorite ingredients are listed here… I have a crush on this salsa!

  3. Beautiful!Love the tangy and citrusy ingredients in your recipe :)

  4. This sounds soooo good! I love those store version lime tortilla chips so I will definitely have to try this salsa!

  5. Can’t wait to try this-looks and sounds amaziing!! So cool you made your own lime tortilla chips too! Love me some salsa for #citruslove :-)

  6. I have never heard of this, it sounds so good!

  7. What a perfect snack to pull anyone out of the winter blahs! Love it!

  8. I haven’t tried store bought ones before and looks like I don’t have to go looking for them as I’ve got your recipe to try! A very interesting flavour!

  9. Love salsa verde and I have made tortilla chips the same way you did… next time I will add the lime zest!

  10. Sounds yummy! I want to make some for my next taco night :)

  11. This looks great! We went out for Mexican tonight and I wish they had this on offer :)

  12. I too have wanted to recreate those lime chips!! I tasted them at a picnic this past summer and loved them! So glad you reminded me and posted this recipe!!

  13. I have a massive craving now for this wonderful salsa. It would be perfect as a little snack right now. a great recipe for #citruslove:)

  14. This recipe has me wanting warmer weather. I also think that I just drooled on my keyboard, oops! Looks delicious!

  15. What a delish lime treat! Thanks for sharing this recipe idea. Glad to do citrus-love with you this month!

  16. My hubby would LOVE this salsa!

  17. I love tomatillos salsa only thing it is always a challenge to find fresh nice ones. Now I feel like having some chips and salsa. Love hopping with you all.

  18. I love this Salsa Verde!! I’m always looking for a great way to use tomatillos too, and this is perfect. I’m making this as soon as I get some tomatillos! Love hosting #citruslove with you!!

  19. I like the limes on our counter to put in my gin and tonics.

    I give a first hand thumbs up to the chips. The reason there aren’t too many in the pics is because our kids ate them all.

    Well, I had a few too.

    Love, the Husband.

  20. Salsa verde is my most favorite salsa, there is something about that delicious treat! The lime salt tortilla chips sound like a perfect compliment:-) Hugs, Terra

  21. i love those lime salt chips.. fantastic idea! and the tomatillo salsa verde looks so delicious.

  22. Love tomatillo salsa, so fresh and flavorful on a chip or with fish. Yours is exactly how I like it! Lots of lime & cilantro, Love how everything is green, including the jalapenos and green onions! Salsa verde to the max! Enjoyed co-hosting #citruslove with you!

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