With patio time just around the corner, Steve Gill demonstrates how to make your own fresh and flavourful salsa.


  • 4 Tomatillos
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup Water
  • 10-20 Chile de Arbol (Depending on desired heat level)
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • ½ Small onion
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Pre-heat oven to 450F.
  2. Bring small pan of water to boil
  3. Remove husks from tomatillos and rinse to remove soap-like film.
    - Place tomatillos in boiling water and boil for approx. 10 minutes until soft but not broken.
    - Remove from boiling water, set aside
  4. Place Chile de Arbol on baking tray into heated oven and roast for 60 seconds until slightly blackened.
    - Remove and grind the chiles.
    - Be careful to avoid contact with eyes.
  5. Wash and score the tomatoes with an X pattern across the top.
    - Place on baking sheet in oven and roast for 10 minutes until soft and slightly charred
  6. Combine roasted tomatoes, blackened chiles, boiled tomatillos with garlic, oregano, onions, salt and water in container and blend on high until desired consistency.
  7. Place salsa in small pot and simmer for 10 minutes to smooth out flavours.