ninfa’s green sauce

Ninfa's Green Sauce Hero

Every Houstonian knows Mama Ninfa is an institution, and this green sauce know doubt helped her emerge as a Tex-Mex queen! I found this Houston Chronicle newspaper clipping for Mama Ninfa’s famous green sauce and didn’t skip a beat before I tried to recreate this famous salsa. The secret that’s not clear from the recipe below, is that this recipe is really good for three unique salsas/dips! With proper pauses, you can stretch this recipe from one creamy green dip into creamy green dip, avocado tomatillo salsa, and tomatillo salsa. All three are delicious in their own right, so use this recipe for one or all three!

Ninfa's Green Sauce Ingredients

Green Sauce Newspaper Clipping

You’ll need:

3 medium green tomatoes, coarsely chopped
4 tomatillos, chopped
1 -2 jalapeños, coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves
2 tbl olive oil
3 ripe avacados
¼ c cilanto
1 tsp salt
1 ½ c sour cream (less if you go for more than one of the salsa varietals)



Combine your tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapeños, garlic & oil in a small pan. Bring to a boil & then simmer for 15 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft.



For salsa 1: let all these ingredients cool to room temperature & then mix in a food processor adding your salt, cilantro, and lime. Remove as much of the tomatillo salsa as you’d like to enjoy.

For salsa 2: add your avocados to the tomatillo mix & combine in the food processor. This is another reasonable point to pause! Scoop aside some avocado tomatillo salsa & enjoy.

For salsa 3: the most decadent, Ninfa’s-esque, creamy dip, add your sour cream & combine. Depending upon how much salsa you’ve removed already, modify the amount of sour cream you add to reflect the proportions remaining in the bowl of your food processor. Add sour cream to taste & to your desired level of creaminess.

Enjoy any of these three salsas with tortilla chips, as enchilada sauce, or taco toppers!



favorite things: thanksgiving edition

1. While one Hungry Texan made the pilgrimage back to Houston this Thanksgiving, the other ventured to the Big Apple, where MakerBot is revolutionizing the way we think about…all of the things.  The 3-D printer made this bracelet before our eyes and is currently producing a 3-D bust of my face!  Best Christmas presents ever?

2. Best Fried Pickles + Belly Laughs = The Perfect Friday night.  We hopped over to our neighborhood Wonderland Ballroom on Friday for Don’t Block the Box, a hilarious stand up show.  This one took us back to those Boy in the Bubble days in College- it’s a must see!

3. I ate a Tal Bagel every morning for 5 days in NYC.  Don’t judge me.  They are that good.

4. This is the real-life herb section at Central Market, the H-E-B owned grocery store that has taken over Texas and will forever be these Hungry Texans’ model for grocery excellence.  Can we get one in DC, pretty please?

5. Only in Texas can a Santa-Suit wearing, pirate pants donning, booted cowgirl steal the show at The Nutcracker.

6. What’s better than a can of Texas-brewed Lone Star?  A camouflaged tall boy, of course.

Only 365 days until Thanksgiving.  But who’s counting?


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