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Salsa Verde Recipe for Pulled Pork

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Homemade Salsa Verde for pulled pork barbecue on a site about SC BBQ?

Well, who said all the recipes had to be traditional?

This recipe comes all the way from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where John Padgett helped open The Naked Pig BBQ, a southern BBQ restaurant. He told us the story of how it originated:

“The salsa verde recipe is a little more interesting because of the avocado twist.

My wife is Mexican, so she talked me into having a salsa verde in the restaurant in case the locals asked for something more like their traditional carnitas style pork. I remember always having carnitas with the green salsa but had never made it, so I found a simple recipe.

By the way, there aren’t many variations of salsa verde in Mexico, so they’re all simple.

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I headed out to the farmers market for the ingredients. While I was shopping for the tomatillos, there was a little old lady picking through them, so I began asking her questions in my broken “Spanglish” about the salsa.

She explained how to make it, and her recipe was the same as the one I had…with the exception that she added avocados, which really piqued my interest.

One morning while I was preparing the salsa, one of the Mexican boat captains that hung around the restaurant was watching me. When I started to add the avocados, a huge smile came over his face and he shook his head in approval.

He did this because not many taco stands or restaurants will add avocados due to the cost, but it is actually how the salsa is traditionally made.

I made this salsa verde with avocado chunks for pulled pork sandwiches and it is awesome, kinda like carnitas, only on a bun.”

Yum. Thanks, John!

Here’s John’s recipe for Salsa Verde with Avocado for Pulled Pork:

Salsa Verde for Pulled Pork

Salsa Verde with Avocado for Pulled Pork

Yield: 20 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Blending and Mixing: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Homemade Salsa Verde is easy and serving it with pulled pork is unique, especially with the addition of avocado.


  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 Serrano chile peppers, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 avocado, diced, or maybe 2


  1. Add the husked tomatillos and chopped cilantro into a blender or food processor and blend the ingredients with a few quick pulses. You are going for just a quick blend, not a puree.
  2. Pour the blended tomatillos into a bowl, and stir in the remaining ingredients.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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