In their produce section they always have a great variety of quality fresh fruits and vegetables. I’ve been trying to branch out and try new fruits and vegetables. Recently I stumbled upon the tomatillo. Many of us have had tomatillo salsa at Mexican restaurants, but probably few of us have actually tried cooking with the tomatillo. It’s a pretty cool fruit that looks like a green tomato. There is a difference in flavor and the tomatillo is surrounded by a paper-like husk.
Tomatillos at Central Market
Unhusked and husked tomatillos
I recently made a Bobby Flay recipe from Boy Meets Grill: Shredded Chicken and Tomatillo Tacos with Queso Fresco, that I wanted to share with everyone.
It was really fun and easy to make and I was happy because I was able to utilize my grill.
What you’ll need:
- 6 tomatillos, husked, washed, and grilled until blackened
- 1 serrano chili, grilled until blackened
- Olive oil
- ½ small red onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 C chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 T honey
- 1 ½ C shredded rotisserie chicken (I prefer to use only the skinless breast meat)
- 8 blue corn tortillas (I used freshly made whole grain tortillas from Central Market)
- 1 C crumbled queso fresco
- Preheat the grill to medium. Blacken the tomatillos and Serrano on the grill. Add the blackened tomatillos and Serrano to a small sauté pan and briefly sauté in a little olive oil on the grates of the grill.
- Place the tomatillos, Serrano, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and honey in a blender and blend until smooth. Place the tomatillo mixture in a large sauté pan and place on the grates of the grill. Bring the mixture to a simmer, add the chicken, and heat through.
- Place the tortillas on the grill, and grill for 20 seconds on each side. Spoon the chicken mixture into the tortillas and top with a few tablespoons of queso fresco. Fold the tortillas in half serve immediately.
Grilling the tomatillos and serrano on the grill
The completed shredded chicken and tomatillo sauce
Our guinea pig Pert eating the Shredded Chicken and Tomatillo Tacos with Queso Fresco and Emi’s homemade pico de gallo
This meal is really easy to make and I like how the recipe utilizes the grill for both blackening the tomatillos, but also for heating the rest of the mixture. The tomatillo sauce came out great and was tart, yet sweet with a great spicy after taste. The queso fresco was my favorite part of the meal. This awesome cheese will definitely be going on every taco I make from now on.