6 Green Sauces for Tacos

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Tacos are favorite family dinner that can be paired with green sauces like salsa verde, cilantro lime sauce, or avocado cream sauce depending on the taco meat or vegetables you choose.

Tomatillos are usually the base of many green sauces for tacos. They’re small green tomatoes that are wrapped up in a husk, and need to be peeled to use for salsas.

green sauce ideas for tacos

Salsa Verde

Salsa verde is a spicy green salsa for tacos.

Salsa verde is made with roasted tomatillos. Tomatillos are green tomatoes that come in a paper husk which needs to be removed prior to roasting them.

Roasting tomatillos neutralizes the acidity of the tomatoes, making it a savory base as a salsa.

After the tomatillos are cooked, they are placed in a food processor with finely chopped onions, serrano pepper, fresh lime juice, cilantro and cumin.

Once the salsa has been “pulsed” until the tomatoes are broken up, it’s ready to serve.

Salsa verde is a tangy, spicy salsa for tacos.

Green Sauce for Tacos

Cilantro Lime Sauce

Cilantro lime sauce is a yogurt based sauce with a refreshing citrus taste.

Yogurt, fresh lime juice, lime zest, cilantro leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper is placed in a food processor and blended until smooth.

Cilantro lime sauce goes well with chicken tacos, or cauliflower tacos.

cilantro lime Green Sauce for Tacos

Jalapeno Sauce

Jalapeno sauce is a spicy sauce for tacos.

Jalapeno sauce is made by adding mayo, sour cream, diced jalapenos, cilantro leaves, tomatillo salsa, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to a blender, and blending until smooth.

Jalapeno sauce works well for pork tacos or steak tacos.

Avocado Cream Sauce

Avocado cream sauce is a sauce made out of avocados that is blended with yogurt and herbs to make a tangy, citrusy sauce for tacos.

Avocado cream sauce is made with thick plain yogurt which gives the crema a thick base.

The yogurt mixed with avocado makes the sauce creamy and full bodied. It has a strong lime flavor to the avocado crema that finishes the sauce off well.

Avocado cream sauce is made by combining plain yogurt, avocado, cilantro leaves, minced garlic, fresh lime juice, olive oil, and a little salt in a food processor. To keep the sauce full and thick, the mixture is only “pulsed” in the food processor until it combines.

You can use avocado cream sauce and spoon it onto the tacos, or you can use it to coat a mixture of coleslaw, and place that inside your taco.

Avocado cream sauce goes well over shrimp tacos.

avocado Green Sauce for Tacos

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Tomatillo avocado salsa is a spicy salsa made with tomatillos.

Tomatillos are small tomatoes that have an outer layer which needs to be peeled off order to expose insides.

The insides are what you’ll use to create the salsa. Roughly chop up the tomatillos and add them to a blender.

Chopped up onion, serrano peppers, avocados, cilantro leaves, fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt are added to the blender to create the salsa.

Blend the salsa on high, and add a little bit of water if the salsa is a bit too thick for blending.

avocado Green Sauce ideas for Tacos

Tomatillo Pico de Gallo

Tomatillo pico de gallo is a chunky salsa with a hint of heat.

Tomatillos are peeled and diced and added to a large bowl for the base of the salsa.

Chopped up onions, diced jalapeno, minced garlic, fresh lime juice, cilantro leaves, cumin, and a little salt and pepper are added to the salsa.

Mix with a large spoon to make tomatillo pico de gallo.

Pico de gallo is a chunky, fresh salsa that isn’t blended.

You can use tomatillo pico de gallo on fish tacos, and steak tacos.

pico de gallo Green Sauce for Tacos