Grilled Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa Two Ways

I’m sorry if this post is a bit short or rushed. As I am writing, I am being hustled out of my own home by my Editor-In-Chief, my husband Mike. He is having a bunch of smelly boys invade our house for the weekend for a bachelor party.

Even though it is just a bunch of guys that will most likely be sleeping/passing out here, I still feel the need to clean and leave some snacks and thing behind. I have a hostessing problem. I blame my mom for this, as I do for most things. My mom will agree with that.

Any time we had friends over as little kids all the way through high school, my Mom would set up an entire spread. She would have chips and salsa, mini homemade White Castle Burgers, veggies and ranch dip, and then doughnuts in the morning if it was a sleepover. I feel like I need to hold myself to these amazing hosting standards, even when I am not there.

This weekend, I left behind this homemade salsa for some late night snacking. Hopefully they won’t spill it all over my clean house. Boys will be boys, right?

Grilled Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa Two Ways

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Sarcastic Cooking


  • 1 Large Avocado halved and pitted
  • 5 Tomatillos husk removed, rinsed, and halved
  • Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Large Pinch of Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • Large Pinch of Coarse Sea Salt
  • Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Cilantro


  1. Heat a grill pan over high heat for two minutes. Lightly coat each cut side of the tomatillos and avocado with a little bit of olive oil. Place each tomatillo half and avocado half cut-side down on the hot grill pan. Grill for seven to nine minutes until dark grill marks are made.
  2. Remove the tomatillos and avocado from the grill pan, squeeze juice from the lime over the charred avocado and tomatillos, and place off to the side to cool before cutting.
  3. Once cooled, you have two serving options. Dice the avocado and tomatillos, drizzle with a bit more fresh lime juice, season with salt, pepper, cilantro, and then serve as a salsa cruda. Or, you can add the diced avocado and tomatillos, lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro to a food processor and puree until smooth. Serve with chips. Store the salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three days.

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  • DessertForTwo
    April 15, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Ohhh, see I wouldn’t have cleaned BEFORE the guys came over. I’d clean after only 😉

    Love tomatillos! Such a Tex-Mex flavor!

    • Stefanie
      April 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Hahah, I cleaned before then made Mike clean again before I got home. He had to return the house to the way it was before I left. Maybe I am kind of a jerk wife sometimes. 😉

  • Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry
    April 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Hope they had a good time! I am sure they enjoyed the salsa. It looks amazing!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    April 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Eww, smelly boys. I’m worried for the state of your house when you return. I’m kinda digging the smooth, guacamole-ish version of this. Yummy!

  • Julia
    April 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I love tomatillos. I made salsa using them at least once or twice a month (in fact I did on Friday!). I love how you grilled them–I am totally trying that this summer. I also haven’t grilled avocados before so that is on my list to try! Hope you had a great weekend (and the house is in one piece when you return)!

  • Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook
    April 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Haha, I can totally relate with the hostess thing, as well as inheriting it from my mother! I suppose it’s not the worst habit to have inherited though, right? This looks so amazing in all its simplistic glory. I can’t believe I never thought to grill avocado. Yum!

  • Karla @ Foodologie
    April 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I can’t even tell you how incredibly pleased I am with this dish(es)! Loooove tomatillo! So under-used. I’m thinking of posting a recipe for a traditional Guatemalan chicken dish with tomato.

    Have a great weekend!