DIY Salsa Verde Recipe and Benefits of Tomatillos

Taco Tuesday’s with homemade salsa verde is pretty much music to mine (and my kids) ears (or should I say – tastebuds?).

While, I do love a good traditional salsa. After growing and harvesting our first tomatillos on the homestead. It’s now, safe to say salsa verde has won my heart.

5 Surprising Benefits of Tomatillos

  1. Tomatillos are a good source of fiber, niacin, potassium, and manganese
  2. Tomatillos contain 20% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C
  3. They contain a healthy amount of iron, magnesium, and copper
  4. They contain all the right ingredients for optimal health and nutrition – even a healthy amount of vitamin K
  5. Modern science is currently studying the anti-inflammatory properties of the Tomatillo. According to a study performed at the University of Kansas this magical fruit (yes, it is a fruit) contains a plethora of compounds showing great potential in it’s fight against cancer.

Homemade salsa verde is pretty much music to my taste-buds and, I'm sure it will be to yours too. Try our DIY Homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde on your taco!

What to you say? Let’s dive in and enjoy some salsa verde!

DIY Salsa Verder Recipe

DIY Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5.5 C. husked and cored tomatillos
  • 1 C. chopped onion
  • 1 C. chopped peppers (I use a mix of what I have on hand - both hot and mild)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 T Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2tsp. salt
  • 1/2tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 C. pickling vinegar
  • 4 T. Lemon or Lime juice (I have used both with a great result)

Instructions

  1. Have jars ready for canning. Sterilized and hot. I heat mine in a big pot of water while I prepare the salsa verde.
  2. Place half the husked, washed, tomatillos under the broiled (on low) for about 10-15 minutes. They will be slightly charred and juicy.
  3. While the are roasting rough chop your onions,peppers, and garlic (I use my vitamix)
  4. Dump your onions, peppers, and garlic into a stock or mixing pot
  5. De-husk and wash remain tomatillos - giving them a quick spin in the Vitamix or food processor.
  6. Add the uncooked tomatillos to your pot of pepper, onions, and garlic.
  7. Remove broiled tomatillos - let cool for a few minutes. Pulse slightly in Vitamix.
  8. All all remaining ingredients to stock pot. Hot tomatillos, vinegar, lemon/lime juice, and spices.
  9. Bring all ingredients to a slow boil - simmer 10-15 minutes.
  10. Carefully ladle how salsa into prepared (hot jars). Placing sterilized lids and bands proces in a water bath for 15 minutes.
  11. Remove, let cool, and listen for that beautiful "POP"!
  12. Enjoy!
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Homemade salsa verde is pretty much music to my taste-buds and, I'm sure it will be to yours too. Try our DIY Homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde on your taco!

Be sure to comment below and tell us what you think of our salsa! And, check out our homestead kitchen for more recipes sure to please the entire family!

Homesteading, Homeschooling, and Where Have We Been?

Wow- where have we been? In short, we have been busy homesteading, homeschooling, and  making the best of what each day has to offer. It’s been quite sometime since I have last been in this space. In some ways it almost feels a bit foreign while in others, it feels a bit refreshing.

It would be nearly impossible to bring you all up to speed with everything that has gone on here at my happy homestead this last year+. So, I am choosing to move forward and not look back – taking you all along for the ride with us! We have lots of fun things up our sleeve after taking a good long sabbatical.

Who’s ready for some good old fashion homesteading, homeschooling, home cooking, and homemaking? I know I am and, I hope you are too!

Here’s just some of what you can look forward to in the weeks and months ahead –

Homesteading

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Homeschooling

Looking for a bit homeschool encouragement, craft ideas, book lists, game recommendations, and curriculum reviews? Then you have come to the right place! #myhappyhomeschool isn’t always pretty but, we are in this together.

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Home Cooking

I’m always cooking up something new in the homestead kitchen and, have a plethora of new recipes to share. From delicious refreshing smoothie recipes to gluten free, allergy friendly treats – there will certainly be something for everyone in the months ahead.

Health has been a life long passion of mine and helping others achieve their optimal health goals lies at the root of all I do, believe in, and work for.

Need a bit of hand holding, extra help with meal planning, and nutritional guidance? Fill out the contact form below to schedule your free initial healthy living consultation today  – I can’t wait to help you achieve healthy living success, save time, and money one meal at a time.

Home Making

Home is a place of refuge, grace, love, and productivity.

My Happy Homestead is full of good, bad, and ugly. It’s not a place where I need to prove to you that I am some great home maker. I make mistakes, yell at my kids (I know, right? The nerve.), and struggle to find the beauty in each day. I am a sinner living in a fallen world and, hope you will join me on the journey towards home.

“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own HOME!” ~ Harold B. Lee

Lastly, you are not going to want to miss this one! Join us for our first ever Holiday Homestead Blessing Exchange – SIGN UP HERE to be among the first to get all the details!

I’m telling you, you aren’t going to want to miss it!

 

 

Taco Seasoning Recipe





Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade taco seasoning is easier to make than you might think. With just a few simple ingredients {ones you likely already have in your pantry} you can have yourself a healthy, homemade Mexican fiesta in no time.

Tacos, enchilada’s, quesadilla’s, and Mexican salad – we love Mexican food here.

Taco’s are quick, easy, and inexpensive to make – I have also found them to be amongst my favorite entertaining foods. You can make most everything ahead of time leaving little to do while your guests are over. The make ahead pre-guest prep allows for less kitchen fuss and more time visiting with friends, family, or neighbors. Why can’t every meal be as easy as tacos?

So, without further ado – here is the recipe we use at My Happy Homestead

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco Seasoning DIY

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1 taco meal

Taco Seasoning DIY

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients in a medium sized bowl - combine {whisk or use a fork to blend}. Store in an airtight container or in a *mini-ziplock bag {pre-measured for future use}.
  2. *this is what we do..you can then store the pre-measured bags in one larger ziplock/container to retain freshness.
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The only thing better than taco’s is a “walking taco” for lunch – quick, easy, and minimal mess!

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