Looking for a recipe for all those Tomatillos you grew this year?
I understand, just five plants in my garden produced more than I knew what to do with! Smothered Tomatillo Green Chili Burritos make the best meal for a small or large family. Using my Green Chili recipe, I love to prepare these delicious smothered tomatillo green chili burritos. I used hamburger, but you could easily substitute shredded chicken or steak for this recipe.
1 1/2 lb hamburger
1 package tortillas
1 can pinquito beans (or pinto beans)
3 cups shredded mexican style cheese
1 pot tomatillo green chili sauce
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 clove garlic
1 tbl salt
1 tsp pepper
Brown a chopped onion in a skillet over medium heat. Add hamburger and chopped jalapeño to skillet. Season with cumin, paprika and chili powder. Add beans. After the hamburger is thoroughly cooked turn down to low and add garlic, salt and pepper. After a few minutes on low turn off the stove. Grease a large glass dish with oil or butter. Fill tortillas with hamburger mixture. Roll them up in the glass dish placing them side by side. Pour the tomatillo green chili over the burritos. Cover with cheese. Cook for about 25-30 at 325 degrees. Broil at the end for a few minutes to brown the cheese and you have Smothered Tomatillo Green Chili Burritos.
Why Tomatillo Green Chili?
My family just loves White Chicken Chili which is packed with Tomatillos, so we attempted to grow Tomatillos in the garden this year. Early on I wasn’t sure if they were going to fruit. You can read about that in my August Tomatillo article at cheetahgarden.com/tomatillo-fruit. My five plants actually performed far better than I expected and I began to hear stories from other gardeners who ended up with more Tomatillos than they knew what to do with. Though I planned to freeze some of them, it became obvious that I was going to have enough Tomatillos to experiment with some new recipes. So to answer that question “Why Tomatillo Green Chili?”, because we had so many Tomatillos! Tomatillo Green Chili has now become one of my favorite recipes and it’s super easy to make.
1 can of chicken broth
1 tbl olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 cup of chopped Jalapenos (mostly deseeded)
2 cups of chopped Tomatillos
1 tbl flour
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbl cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Brown the chopped onion in olive oil. Add flour and stir. Gradually add chicken broth followed by Jalapeños and Tomatillos. Season with cumin, salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add cornstarch to thicken. Simmer about 5 minutes. Add garlic and simmer a few more minutes. Enjoy.
First year lessons growing Tomatillos . . .
This was my first year growing Tomatillos. I had grown Tomatoes for years, but never it’s relative, Tomatillos. Both are members of the nightshade family and require similar growing conditions, such as full sun and warm temperatures. I quickly learned Tomatillos are much easier to grow than Tomatoes. Tomatoes are notorious for succumbing to blossom end rot in the Pacific Northwest. Tomatillos can get blossom end rot too, but their tolerance is much higher to poor soil conditions. Tomatoes also need plenty of space for their roots. Tomatillos don’t seem to mind sharing the soil with other plants. Both Tomatoes and Tomatillos grow well in containers early in the season and both perform better in the ground late in the season.
Will my Tomatillo plants ever produce fruit?
After wondering if my Tomatillos would ever produce Tomatillo fruits, I finally saw one of the empty husks I read about. That’s exactly what I was looking for, big fluffy balloons! Eventually those empty husks should fill up with Tomatillo fruit for sauces and salsa.
It didn’t take long before all of my plants were covered with big beautiful Tomatillo husks! What a relief.
After reading about the empty husks that form before the fruit on Tomatillos, I was curious about the fruit inside of the husks on my Tomatillos. Here’s what I found after opening one of the empty husks. Yes, it was small, but it was fantastic!
The promise of Tomatillo fruit . . .
Male flowers . . .
Tomatillos require a male and female flower to reproduce. The remnants of a male flower are shown below.
If you’re wondering if your Tomatillos will ever produce fruit, don’t worry. As long as you planted at least two plants to cross pollinate, you will have Tomatillo fruits.