Definition of tomatillo in English:



  • 1An edible purple or yellow fruit which is chiefly used for sauces and preserves.

    • ‘Add the garlic, tomatillos, and water and blend until smooth and well combined, about two minutes.’
    • ‘Transfer to the bowl containing the tomatoes and tomatillos.’
    • ‘Choose small, firm tomatillos and store them in an open container in the refrigerator.’
    • ‘And what's traditional, tomatoes, tomatillos or neither?’
    • ‘Add the onion and tomatillos and cook until the onion turns translucent.’
    • ‘The first course is a Mexican Baja lobster ceviche made with Patron 100 percent agave tequila, lobster, yellow grapefruit and tomatillos served with a Dos Equis or Negro Modelo beer.’
    • ‘To reduce the fat in guacamole, replace one-fourth of the avocado with an equal amount of puréed, canned or fresh tomatillos.’
    • ‘Wendy then served a complex dish involving flour tortillas, molé sauce, salsa, pickled tomatillos, serrano peppers, and a mixture of sauteéd chicken and onions.’
    • ‘If we give them tomatillos, hot peppers, and cilantro, they can try to make a salsa.’
    • ‘Is it true that eggplants are in the same family as the tomato and the tomatillo?’
    • ‘Now salsas can be found worldwide, in varieties such as red chilli, guacamole, or green tomatillo, from mild, to tangy, to suicide five-alarm spicy.’
    • ‘Supermarket produce departments have become exciting ethnic bazaars: Latino imports - yuca, boniato, tomatillos, jicama and mild to fiery chilies - are especially plentiful.’
    • ‘She makes spinach dip with roasted tomatillos and cream, vegetable ratatouille for empanada stuffing and an olive-bread muffaletta with fennel salami, aged provolone and roasted veggie ragout.’
    • ‘The dishes prepared by Duncan and Gordon, included a scrummy squash and smoked garlic soup, fab pan-fried pork loin and an amazing tomatillo, chocolate and chilli salsa.’
    • ‘Additionally, the pico de gallo - a fresh tomatillo, onion, tomato and jalapeño salsa - was zingy.’
    • ‘Add the onion, garlic, jalapenos, and tomatillos and cook until the onion turns translucent.’
    • ‘Initially, tomatillos look like little green paper lanterns.’
    • ‘The serious side of this new Midtown spot is represented by the green salsa, alive and kicking with tart tomatillo and hot green chile, with a twinge of cilantro snaking through.’
    • ‘In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, tomatillos, jalapeno and garlic.’
    • ‘Transfer the onion mixture to a blender, add the almonds, tomatillos, radish leaves, cilantro, parsley, and one cup of the fish stock, blend until smooth, about three minutes, and set aside.’
  • 2The Mexican plant, related to the cape gooseberry, that bears the tomatillo.

    Physalis philadelphica, family Solanaceae

    • ‘The tomatillo fruits well in Queensland, Australia, and in S. Africa.’
    • ‘We raised several kinds of tomatoes, peppers, and squash, as well as beans, corn, tomatillos, watermelons, and an assortment of herbs and flowers, all in about 400 square feet.’


Early 20th century: from Spanish, diminutive of tomate ‘tomato’.