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Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde is a simple grilled salsa that has a touch of smoke, a bit of heat, and heaps of fresh flavor. Lime juice adds a touch of acidity to this flavorful salsa, which whips up in under an hour.

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

Last week I was doing a quick meander of my little local grocery store’s produce aisle, and I happen upon a whole section of gorgeous peppers.

I missed tomato season this year in the Pacific Northwest to back-to-school chaos and work craziness, and since I’m a little bit of a tomato snob I usually just skip right over the grocery store tomatoes. I like tomato products, a lot. Almost all of them. But fresh tomatoes I just cannot do unless they are like the PERFECT specimen. I need them sun-ripened, and when you give them a good sniff you can actually smell tomato. So many commercial tomatoes are just mealy, flavorless, and scentless. No thanks.

All that to say that while I’d typically default to a red salsa almost every time, if I’m making it fresh I only want the best ingredients I can get and green was where it was at.

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

Start out with a peck of pickled peppers.

Or just 6-8 of your favorite fresh peppers. You know.

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

I used tomatillos, Anaheim peppers, and Pasilla peppers. Both varieties of these peppers were very mild. If I made this again, I’d throw in a seeded jalapeno. I’m including that in the instructions as an optional addition.

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

These all smoked on the Traeger for 30 minutes at 225. It added just enough smokiness without over-cooking the vegetables. Toss the onion and a few cloves of garlic on there too for a little additional flavor!

Once your vegetables and good and smoked, toss them into the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Puree, and then pour into a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, and then chill for 2-3 hours (preferably overnight).

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

Serve this with these Chorizo Breakfast Tacos!

Chorizo Breakfast Tacos

This cheesy tamale casserole from Sugar Dish me would also be a perfect pair for this fresh salsa!

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde is a simple grilled salsa that has a touch of smoke, a bit of heat, and heaps of fresh flavor. Lime juice adds a touch of acidity to this flavorful salsa, which whips up in under an hour.

Ingredients

  • 3 large anaheim peppers, {seeded}
  • 2 large pasilla peppers, {seeded}
  • 6 medium tomatillos, {hulled and halved}
  • 1 jalapeno, {seeded}
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, {diced}
  • 3 cloves garlic, {diced}
  • 1 cup cilantro, {roughly chopped}
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 medium lime, {juiced}
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Instructions

  1. Take your seeded peppers, tomatillos, onion, and garlic, and place them on a parchment-lined or silicone-baking-mat-lined baking sheet. 
  2. Preheat your Traeger according to manufacturer directions, and turn the temperature to 225. Place the baking sheet inside, and let cook for 30 minutes. (If you don't have a Traeger, I'd recommend oven roasting these.)
  3. Remove from the Traeger and let cool for a few minutes. Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until pureed. 
  4. Heat the canola oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Pour in the salsa verde, and stir. Bring to a simmer, and then reduce heat to medium-low to keep at a low bubble, stirring frequently, for 10-15 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25 Sodium: 420mg Carbohydrates: 4g Sugar: 2g Protein: 1g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!
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Gordon Skaggs

Wednesday 24th of October 2018

This salsa Verde sounds delicious. Do you have a pellet preference? Have tomatillos in the garden, will make this weekend. Thank you,

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 24th of October 2018

Hey Gordan! Thanks for stopping by. You are going to love this salsa! We don't have a strong preference for what type of pellet, so I'd suggest just using your favorite!