to·ma·til·lo | \ˌtō-mə-ˈtē-(ˌ)yō, -ˈtēl-(ˌ)yō \
plural tomatillos

Definition of tomatillo 

: the small round yellow, purplish, and especially pale green edible sticky fruit of a Mexican ground-cherry (Physalis ixocarpa synonym P. philadelphica) also : the plant that bears tomatillos

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For the most part, the menu will resemble that of the flagship, with dishes like chile relleno, braised boneless pork ribs, and pineapple-tomatillo salsa, among other things. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gran Electrica opens: Can a Brooklyn restaurant successfully bring Mexican food to the Bay Area?," 28 Mar. 2018 The Green Monster features poblano-tomatillo sorbet, gin, mezcal, pineapple and lime and a What’s Up, Doc has carrot juice, orange juice, cumin, ginger, lemon and rye. Leeanne Griffin,, "Beyond Bloody Marys: Drinking Your Veggies At Your Favorite Cocktail Bar," 23 Jan. 2018 Add the tomatillo salsa, adjust the heat to a simmer, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: Pulled-chicken tacos with tomatilla salsa are almost like the ones from a Mexican food truck," 25 June 2018 Scoop the avocado flesh into the tomatillo mixture. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 The lawyers called witnesses to show dozens of overlapping products—like avocado tomatillo salsa—and a similar in-store layout. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "The finer points of Buc-ee’s case that convinced jury of Choke Canyon’s trademark breach," 23 May 2018 Instead of tomatillo, the chilaquiles verdes ($6.49) are made with a spicy salsa ranchera. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Tortas, huaraches and green sauce at a little cafe in Grapevine | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 To plate: Cover a warm plate with more tomatillo sauce. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Menu at Porch, Louisville's newest downtown hit, 'speaks to everyone'," 15 May 2018 Start with a shot of El Tesoro Blanco tequila and chase it with a Verde Sangrita, a mix of tomatillo, cucumber, lemon, citric acid and mint. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Drink your way to health with these 'nutritious' cocktails," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of tomatillo

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tomatillo

Spanish, diminutive of tomate

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