Tomatillo Guacamole Starter | Our Paleo Life

Tomatillo Guacamole Starter

Avocados ripen in the blink of an eye, so be ready to make the best guacamole when they do with this Tomatillo Starter. Keep a jar in the fridge for a salsa dip or add some to an avocado. Perfect dip either way.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 21kcal
Author Kendra Benson


  • 12 Tomatillos
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 large Shallot about ¼ cup, cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves Garlic quartered
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt + more for roasting the Tomatillos
  • Cilantro optional
  • Avocados


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Peel the papery coating off the tomatillos and discard. Rinse the tomatillos under water and gently rub to remove any sticky residue.
  • Cut the tomatillos into quarter and place cut-side-up on the parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool while you prep the other veggies.
  • I prefer to roughly chop/chunk/dice the tomatoes, shallot, and garlic to make sure I don't have huge pieces in the guac. This is a personal preference, so if you like big chunks, skip this step.
  • Add the tomatillos to the bowl of a food processor or the jar of a high-powered blender (like a Blendtec with the Twister Jar). Process until it is smooth. There will always be seeds, you just don't want huge chunks of tomatillo in there.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (except avocado) to the food processor/blender and pulse a few times until you've reached your desired consistency.
  • Store the tomatillo mixture in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • When you're ready to make some guac, cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and dice the flesh. Lightly mash the avocado with ¼ cup of tomatillo mixture per avocado.


  • NOTE: We're not a cilantro-loving family. If you are, toss some cilantro in there when you pulse everything together.
  • Nutrition Facts do not include avocados that you mix this into to make the guacamole.