Tomatillo Scrambled Eggs

Quick and EasyMexicanGluten-FreeVegetarian

Huevos en salsa verde! Eggs scrambled in a green chile sauce made with jalapeño, tomatillos, and onions.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Every few days, for the last month, I’ve gone out to my garden in the morning and gathered enough tomatillos to cook up with some eggs for breakfast.

Here it is November, and the leaves are all turning, but we’re in Northern California and we still have yet to get a frost, so the tomatillos are still growing, albeit more slowly.

We grew up with my mother making huevos a la Mexicana, or scrambled eggs cooked in a tomato and jalapeno salsa.

Tomatillo Scrambled Eggs

This recipe is a salsa verde version of my mom’s huevos. Add some chorizo and you’ll have a Mexican version of Green Eggs and Ham!

Yes, the eggs are green, but if you, like me, love salsa verde, this is a good thing.

Tomatillo Scrambled Eggs Recipe

  • Prep time: 8 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 3

If you don't have access to tomatillos you can use prepared salsa verde, about a half cup for this recipe.

Use as much or as little jalapeño for this recipe as you want. Skip it if you don't want the heat at all.


  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 pound tomatillos, papery husks removed and discarded, rinsed, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 fresh or canned jalapeno chile pepper, minced (more or less depending on how hot the pepper is, and how much heat you want)
  • Splash of lemon or lime juice
  • 5 to 6 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Some chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


1 Cook chopped tomatillos, onion, garlic, jalapeño in skillet: Heat a tablespoon of oil in a medium-sized skillet on medium heat. Add the chopped tomatillos, onion, garlic, jalapeño chile pepper, and a small squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

Cook on medium to medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened, and the tomatillos are no longer bright green.

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2 Add eggs to pan, gently stir: Add the eggs directly to the pan (no need to whisk first). Break up the yolks with your stirring spoon. Cook gently, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat when the eggs begin to set, but are still moist, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately. Sprinkle on cilantro for garnish.

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Showing 4 of 15 Comments / Reviews

  • Karen Messer

    My sister made this for me and our brother last week and OMGosh it was delicious. We are always looking for ways to use our tomatillo’s and this is something I see us making quite often. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • L.D. Meyer

    When I make something similar to this for an evening meal, I warm a tortilla and slather it with refried beans then schlep the scrambled egg concoction onto the tortilla and add a handful of pre cut coleslaw mix with diced tomatoes, black olives and onion. I find the pre cut coleslaw mix keeps longer in the frig and has more nutrition than iceberg or romaine lettuce, I use this for tacos and fajitas too, it has a nice crunch. I just gather and fold the top of the bag and secure it with a binder clip. The mix consists of both green and red cabbage and some carrots. Bon Appetit Adios n’ Hasta La Bye Bye! L.D.

  • beckiwithani

    Hi Elise,

    Do you have any tips for peeling tomatillo husks, without the stickiness getting all over the place? (On fingers, clinging to the tomatillos themselves, etc.)

    Hi Becki, I know, they are kind of sticky aren’t they? No tips, sorry. I just remove the husks near a sink so I can rinse my hands often. ~Elise

  • nancy

    I love scrambled eggs with hominy, and this sounds amazing. I will try this first, then do tomatillos AND hominy and have myself a meal!

    Thanks for beautiful and delicious ideas, always!

    Oh, what a great idea, I love hominy. Haven’t had them with eggs. Would be great together with the tomatillos. ~Elise

  • Robert M

    I love tomatillos and eggs! I make fresh wheat tortillas, roll some of the eggs and then some cheese into the tortilla and have a wonderful breakfast!

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