Chile Pasilla Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

Looking for something amazing to create with a few dried chile pasillas?  In this post, you will learn how to create a delicious Chile Pasilla Tomatillo Salsa Recipe.

Chile Pasilla Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

salsa complete

This recipe tastes amazing when you use tomatillo right out of the garden.  I grew the purple tomatillo one year and they were amazing in this easy recipe.  I also use dried chile pasilla for this recipe.  The pepper is easy to reconstitute and if you miss a few seeds when preparing it isn’t a big deal.  The seeds can actually be roasted for additional flavor.

Chile Pasilla Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

Chile Pasilla Tomatillo Salsa Recipe


  • 12 small tomatillos
  • 8 pasilla chiles
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt + more if needed


  1. Using the Chile Pasilla that have been reconstituted
  2. Remove the husks from the tomatillos and rinse the tomatillos well.
  3. Place the tomatillos in a pan with just enough water to cover, bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Blend the chiles and tomatillos with about 1/2 cup of tomatillo cooking water for 45 seconds.
  5. Put the blended salsa and 1 tsp. of salt into a pan over low heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Adjust the salt to taste

This is kind of similar to my Salsa Verde Recipe only with the tasty Chile Pasilla addition.

About Chile Pasilla And Tomatillo

preparing the ingredients

I love growing my own tomatillos each summer so it is a treat to harvest and enjoy.  The plant is kind of pretty and I’ve had it reseed a few years in my raised bed garden.  When you peel the husk from the tomatillo is kind of sticky!  Try and find the purple tomatillo seeds to grow at home.  Growing from seed is super easy but you need to start them early because they love the heat.  In Ohio, they are one of the last things I harvest from my garden.  If you are not ready to use the tomatillo harvest you can clean them and freeze or even prepare them in a vinegar and can like salsa using the hot bath method.  If you don’t have the space to grow tomatillo plants you can find these in the produce department when in season.  I have also purchased cans of tomatillo at the Mexican market.

clean peppers

The dried peppers I love picking up when we visit the Mexican market in Fremont Ohio.  You can also find the dried peppers at Walmart and Meijers.

Let’s Connect

Now it is your turn to reach out to me and share what you thought of this recipe.  I’d love to hear if you have ever used Chile Pasilla.  Comment on this blog post or reach out to me on my website.   I can’t wait to learn something new from you now!

Happy Salsa Making,

Bren Haas

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