Fried Green Tomatillos

These fried green tomatillos are like their Southern cousin just with a Southwestern flair. Perfectly fried and topped with a chipotle Greek yogurt sauce.

Fried Green Tomatillos by Nutmeg Nanny

I have been craving fried green tomatoes like crazy. I had some just recently when I went to Richmond for my Sabra visit and dear lord I could have eaten the whole plate. Unfortunately I was sharing with other bloggers and didn’t feel as though they would appreciate me hogging all the tomatoes.

When I got home from Virginia I thought “Oh I will just make some fried green tomatoes!” It would be like my southern grandmother just showed up in my kitchen and was telling me to get all down home cooking.

Then I went to the store and my fake southern heart was crushed. No. Green. Tomatoes. None. Zip. Nada.

So I came home, complained to Gina and went into the living room to sulk. Then a few days later I complained again to Gina and she gave me the idea of using tomatillos instead of tomatoes. Ummm….genius!

Fried Green Tomatillos by Nutmeg Nanny

I know tomatillos aren’t exactly tomatoes but it helped calm my neurotic fried green tomato lovin’ self down. Plus it gave me a chance to use up some of my spicy Sabra guacamole. I figured what better way to use guacamole than to throw it into a spicy Greek yogurt, chipotle, cilantro and smoked paprika sauce.

I seriously could have eaten that sauce by spoonful BUT I knew I needed to save it for the fried tomatillos.

So after I got my tomatillos fried up I smothered them in the sauce and ate my weight in their crispy deliciousness. Seriously, if you would have walked in the door as I was devouring these goodies you would have thought I hand’t eaten in weeks.

It was cray.

Fried Green Tomatillos by Nutmeg Nanny


Fried Green Tomatillos

These fried green tomatillos are like their southern cousin just with a Southwestern taste. Perfectly fried and topped with a chipotle Greek yogurt sauce.

Yield: 4 appetizer servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


For tomatillos:

  • 4 larger sized tomatillos, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil

For sauce:

  • 8 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Sabra spicy guacamole
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle red sauce
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder, optional
  • Kosher salt, to taste


For tomatillos:

Remove husks from tomatillos and clean the skin. Cut in slices and set aside.

In a shallow dish whisk together buttermilk and egg. In another shallow dish stir together cornmeal and flour. Season cornmeal mixture with kosher salt and pepper.

Dip tomatillo slices into buttermilk mixtures and coat in cornmeal mixture. Once all the slices have been coated start heating you oil.

Coat the bottom of a large frying pan with vegetable oil and set over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot add in coated tomatillo slices and fry till golden brown, flip and fry till the other side is golden brown. This took about a few minutes per side.

Lay fried tomatillo slices onto a wire rack lined baking sheet.

Add more oil to the pan as needed while frying each batch of tomatillo slices.

Serve immediately with cover with sauce. You can also sprinkle with minced cilantro and more smoked paprika if desired.

For sauce:
In a small bowl mix together Greek yogurt, guacamole, cilantro, chipotle sauce, lime juice, smoked paprika and chipotle chile powder if using.

Taste and season with desired amount of kosher salt.

Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Disclosure: I was monetarily compensated by Sabra to create delicious recipes using their products. All opinions are 100% my own. 

36 Responses to “Fried Green Tomatillos”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — August 4, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I ADORE tomatillos, but I have never had them fried. Clearly, that must change!

  2. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — August 4, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Fried green tomatoes are basically one of my most favorite dishes of all time. I love slapping a few on a BLT. But I’ve never thought to do tomatillos! Brilliant!

  3. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — August 4, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Genius! I just made fried green tomatoes and could only find a few at my farmers market. Tomatillos will definitely make this a more common dish around here since we can always find them. yum!!

  4. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

    GAH!! What an awesome looking recipe! I can totally see myself just digging into an entire batch for dinner. So yummy!

  5. #
    Cassie — August 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I love how resourceful you are. 🙂 This is genius!

  6. #
    Christie - Food Done Light — August 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Brilliant! What a great way to use tomatillos a personal favorite of mine. I have got to make these.

  7. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — August 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

    This is just plain brilliant and I want to eat my own weight in fried green tomatillos!

  8. #
    Becca from It's Yummi! — August 4, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I don’t think a Wisconsin grocery store would know a green tomato if it hit them in the face. I’m pickin’ up some tomatillos, because this looks obscenely delicious!

  9. #
    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — August 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I can’t even deal with how gorgeous and delicious these look! I need some right now!

  10. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never even tried fried green tomatoes… obvi I need to change that ASAP!

  11. #
    Ginny McMeans — August 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    This is a great idea. Thank goodness you couldn’t find any green tomatoes so you could invent this!

  12. #
    Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — August 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ve made salsa verde with tomatillos, but I wasn’t sure what else you could do with them!

  13. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I want to marry these.

  14. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — August 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Oh pass those my way! They look soooo awesome!

  15. #
    Shaina — August 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve had fried green tomatoes and freaking devoured them, but tomatillos?! Even better. Must try!

  16. #
    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — August 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Ok, I MUST try these! Sounds awesome!

  17. #
    Amanda @The Kitcheneer — August 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Way to be resourceful in a time of “crisis”! I need to try these! Pinning!

  18. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — August 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Genius is right! Way to come up with a fantastic idea in a pinch!

  19. #
    Rebecca Flagg — August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    DROOLING over this deliciousness!! Can’t wait to try this recipe out

  20. #
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — August 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    First off, your pictures are AMAZING! Secondly, this is just brilliant!! LOVE!

  21. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — August 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I just had dinner and all I want is a stack of these gorgeous tomatillos…this looks so, so good!!!

  22. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — August 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Fried green tomatoes are one of my absolute favorites. These fried tomatillos just might become my new fave. Pinned!

  23. #
    Meseidy — August 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I think these are genius! I have scheduled to share them all over the place! I haven’t been able to find green tomatoes and now I am kicking myself for not thinking of this! DUH! 😀

  24. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — August 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I was actually thinking about doing this the other day, but didn’t wnat to waste the effort and risk them being gross. SO thanks for taking one for the team and experimenting! Now I know they’re good – and I can make that awesome dipping sauce to go with them.

  25. #
    Nathalie C. @ Devoted Foodie — August 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Fried green tomatoes are SO good! But, these looks pretty tasty too!

  26. #
    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — August 5, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I must shamefully admit I’ve never tried tomatillos!! They look so good!

  27. #
    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — August 5, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I’ve only ever had tomatillos in salsa….this is a brilliant idea! I imagine eating these like fried pickles. 🙂

  28. #
    Debi — August 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I have never had these before but I want to try them

  29. #
    Jennifer | Bake or Break — August 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Looks like you did good!

  30. #
    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — August 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I have never had a fried green tomato or tomatillo – clearly I need to change that ASAP! Looks delicious!

  31. #
    Carla — August 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Oh wow these tomatillos are gorgeous! I tend to buy tomatillos spur-of-the-moment then get home and have no clue what to make besides salsa. Now I know I can fry them 😀

  32. #
    Joanne — August 8, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Fried green tomatoes are definitely one of my newest summer OBSESSIONS. I tried them for the first time last year and now I can’t get enough. I’m pretty sure tomatillos are the perfect substitute.and they probably have a slighter better flavor than green tomatoes do anyway!

  33. #
    grace — August 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    this is really a super duper idea, and i’ve never seen it done! it’s an attractive and undoubtedly delicious dish.


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