Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde

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This creamy avocado salsa verde is the perfect combination of buttery avocados, tart tomatillos, fresh lime, garlic, cilantro, and chilies for a super simple green salsa. Get ready for some serious dipping, dunking, or garnishing your favorite food.


Creamy Avocado Green Salsa and chips is the ultimate snack, appetizer, and side dish for tacos. Lately, I’ve been pairing this creamy salsa verde with steak tacos and shrimp taco bowls for a seriously delicious meal. Homemade avocado salsa can quickly elevate any dish from classic pollo asado to almost any rice bowl.

This avocado salsa combines classic guacamole and classic green salsa verde that you can modify to your preferred spice or texture level.

With just a few minutes of prep required, you can easily get this salsa on the table in about 5 minutes. It’s great to make ahead too so go ahead and pull it together a few days or hours before you want to serve it. It keeps well in the fridge for a few days, longer with more lime juice.

If you are looking for more traditional salsa recipes, try this habanero salsa or ranchero sauce.  For a non-traditional salsa, this Grilled Pineapple Salsa is a great option.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe For Tomatillo Avocado Salsa Verde

Here are just a few reasons why this avocado salsa verde should be included in your weekly meal prep.

  • Simple: You couldn’t ask for a more straightforward recipe. Everything gets mixed together in the food processor or blender making it fast and easy.
  • Best of both worlds: If you can't decide between salsa verde and guacamole, this recipe gives you both!
  • No-cook recipe: There’s no need to pre-cook the tomatillos in this recipe, all the ingredients get mixed together raw in one quick step.

Green salsa with avocado and cilantro served in a bowl with cilantro and lime wedges on the side.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Here are the ingredients you need to make creamy avocado salsa:

  • Tomatillos: You’ll need to husk and quarter the tomatillos. Give them a quick rinse if they are sticky.
  • Garlic: Use fresh garlic for the best flavor or swap in garlic powder in a pinch.
  • Onion: You can use any kind of onion, white or red both work. For a less pungent onion flavor, soak the onion slices in water for 10 minutes before adding them.
  • Avocado: Avocados make this salsa nice and creamy. Make sure to use ripe, creamy avocados.
  • Lime juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds great flavor.
  • Cilantro: We love the flavor cilantro adds to this salsa but we know it is polarizing and some people don’t fancy it as much as we do. If you aren’t a big fan you can use parsley instead though the flavor will be different.
  • Jalapeno pepper: You can use a serrano chile instead of a jalapeno pepper if you like for more heat. Use more or less according to your spice preference.
  • Salt and pepper: Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste. This step is super important and not using enough salt leads to bland salsa.
  • Shortcuts: If you are short on time, you can blend your favorite store-bought salsa verde with 1-2 avocados to make a shortcut avocado green salsa.

How To Make Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

This salsa comes together in just one quick step.

  1. Combine all the ingredients: Using a food processor or blender, process or blend all the ingredients until you get the consistency you prefer. I prefer a smooth and creamy texture but it is also delicious as a chunky salsa.
  2. Adjust the taste: Now it’s time to see if the flavor needs any tweaking. If you find the salsa is a tad too spicy you can add more avocado, if it’s not spicy enough add more jalapeno. You can also squeeze in a little more lime juice or sprinkle in more cilantro for added flavor. Don’t forget to add the salt as it really brings out all the flavors.

3 Ways You're Going To Love Serving This Salsa

This salsa is super versatile and takes great on everything from tacos to tostadas to baked chips.

Homemade creamy salsa verde with avocado served in a white bowl with a spoon.

How to Store Creamy Avocado Salsa

  • Refrigerate: Store leftover creamy avocado salsa verde in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Press a piece of plastic wrap on the salsa directly to help prevent browning.
  • Freeze: You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3-4 months.

Recipe Ideas and Variations

Switch things up to make this salsa your own.

  • Add more texture: To make a chunkier salsa verde, don't blend it quite as much so it has more texture and chunks.
  • Spice it up or down: Modify the spice level by adding more or less of the jalapeno or serrano chili. Leave out the jalapeno seeds if you want the salsa less spicy. Wash your hands carefully after handling the seeds, you don’t want to burn yourself.

Cooking Tips

Here are a few things you can do to make sure your creamy avocado salsa works out every time.

  • Rinse: Tomatillos have a slimy texture so make sure to rinse and dry them well before you add them to the food processor.
  • Be avocado ready: Most grocery stores sell rock-hard avocados so it is best to pick it up a few days before you want to make this salsa. Once the avocado is just ripe place it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  • Use lemons: Though limes do compliment the flavor of this salsa very well if you don’t have any in the fridge go ahead and use lemons instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions about making this tasty salsa.

Creamy salsa verde is made of tomatillos, avocado, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, and salt and pepper.

Salsa verde contains tomatillos while guacamole salsa is made with avocados.

Avocado salsa verde served with extra cilantro and limes on the side.
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Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde

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  • 1/2 lb tomatillos, husked and quartered (fresh or canned)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (or serrano, seeded, adjust to taste)
  • salt and pepper

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Add everything to a food processor or blender and pulse to desired consistency. I like mine smooth and creamy but it is also delicious as a chunky salsa.


Taste and adjust flavor if needed. Add more avocado if it is too spicy. Add more jalapeno if it isn't spicy enough. Add lime juice or cilantro for more flavor. Also make sure to use enough salt since it really brings out all the flavors.


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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 55
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 3mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


Shortcut: Grab your favorite store-bought salsa verde and blend in the avocado and other ingredients to make a quicker version of this salsa.

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Jan Picazzo
September 28, 2023 - 07:28
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I don't like avocados, yet I can't get enough of this. Am I Crazy? It's like mayonnaise on Mexican corn. Maybe I just like more stuff than I think... Thanks for this recipe. Absolute fav!
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Nicole miller-s...
August 18, 2019 - 13:19
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This is delicious! Great flavor :)
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