Tomatillo Used in Salsas - Chipotle Mexican Grill

Tomatillo

Though it's known as a Mexican husk tomato, the tomatillo tastes nothing like your average tomato. It has a tart, fruity, and slightly herbal flavor. We flame-roast the tomatillos in our medium-hot tomatillo green-chili salsa to give it a smoky depth of flavor, and use it in our hot tomatillo red-chili salsa to balance the spice level with its tartness.

FACT

Ancient dis-co-ve-ries

We can thank the Aztecs for quite a few inventions, from popcorn to chewing gum to—drumroll please—domesticating the tomatillo. Without their ingenuity, our salsas wouldn't be as delicious. They'd also be four syllables shorter.