Ninfa’s Green Sauce

Ninfa’s green sauce is a delicious fresh avocado salsa made with green tomatoes, tomatillos, avocados, sour cream, this is so delicious and you recreate this recipe at home in no time at all.

Ninfas avocado salsa

What is Ninfa’s Green Sauce? It’s a guacamole salsa recipe that is delightfully creamy with just the right touch of heat. Don’t miss out on trying Ninfa’s Green Sauce. Along with the usual bowl of red salsa, you get it when you get your salsa and chips before your meal. This guacamole salsa is low-carb friendly and is super easy to make. It’s a lot like the commercially available Herdez Guacamole Salsa.

What is Ninfa’s?

This sauce is a famous green salsa sauce that has ensured that Mama Ninfa will never be forgotten in Texas. Ninfa Laurenzo, the late owner of the Houston chain Ninfa’s, is credited with inventing this green sauce. If you grew up in Houston, you knew who Mama Ninfa was. She personified the American rags to riches life story by turning a small tortilla shop into a popular Tex-Mex food chain. Her first restaurant, now lovingly known as Ninfa’s on Navigation, has become a Houston institution. Opened in 1973, it is probably the only real Ninfa’s restaurant left; the others have been bought out. It serves amazing Tex-Mex food, including fajita tacos al carbon, pickled carrots and jalapenos, and enchiladas.

What makes fresh avocado salsa so good?

Ninfa’s green sauce, a creamy and tangy mix of avocados, cilantro, green tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapenos, garlic, and sour cream, is simply magical. The creamy avocados and the sour cream are the perfect complements to the tangy tomatillos. The cilantro helps give this guacamole salsa recipe its distinctive flavor. The sauce is not too spicy, but you can add more jalapenos if you crave more heat. You can scoop up this salsa with tortilla chips, but it also goes well with enchiladas, carnitas, chicken, and fish.

What is a Tomatillo?

Tomatillos look a bit like green tomatoes, but they come with a husk and a tart taste all their own. Although they come from the same family as regular tomatoes, they’re not exactly “little tomatoes,” as their name would suggest. When allowed to fully mature, tomatillos can turn shades of red, purple, or yellow. However, they are generally harvested and eaten while still underripe and green and still have their signature acidic edge. This tangy green fruit is a staple in Mexican cuisine.

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This is a perfect guacamole salsa recipe to wow your guests. This sauce keeps for about 7 days, but it’s so good I doubt you’ll have any leftover. However, the flavors and texture improve if you refrigerate the salsa for at least 2 hours in advance. Use as a sauce or dunk to your heart’s content.

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Ninfa’s Green Sauce

Ninfa's Mexican Green Sauce is creamy with a kick of heat. Get the easy copycat recipe with tomatillo, green tomato, avocado, jalapeno, garlic, and sour cream.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Ninfa's Green Sauce, Ninfa's Recipes
Servings: 12
Calories: 144kcal


  • 3 avocados
  • 3 medium green tomatoes
  • 4 fresh tomatillios
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 teaspoons cilantro
  • 1 chopped jalapeno
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt to taste


  • Peel avocados and place them in a blender. In a medium saucepan, boil tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, and jalapenos for 15 minutes. Remove from saucepan and place all ingredients in a blender with the avocados. Add sour cream and blend until smooth.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 14.1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. SocraticGadfly

    4 stars
    My homemade version is even easier. About 55 percent French onion dip, 25 percent avocado and 20 percent salsa verde. No skillet needed.

  2. Deborah

    Try buying the smaller tomatillos they dont have as much of the bitter taste, the bigger they are the more tart they become

  3. Joanna

    5 stars
    The recipe I saw said 2 tbs olive oil when you boil the tomatillos,tomatoes, garlic and Jalapeno.
    It also says to let cool. Then throw that with the avocados and cilantro in a food processor. Then add sour cream. Not sure if that is the missing ingredient or not. Going to go try and whip some up now.

  4. Kim R.

    I made this recipe and cut the sour cream back to about 1/2 a cup. It still has a slight sour flavor. Could this be the green tomatoes or tomatillos? Anybody?

    • stephaniemanley

      Sometimes fresh vegetables can vary in flavor. If something is a little extra sour, you can always add a touch of sugar to help offset the sour flavor.

  5. Brenda

    Thanks for the recipe but you are missing some of the ingredients. I received the ingredients from Gringos but they wouldn’t tell me how to or how much of the ingredients to use.

  6. chris

    Ninfa’s IS STILL a popular Mexican restaurant. I ate at one of many locations just yesterday. Trying to make some bucks on your book, are you? Shame on you.

    • Anonymous

      About 15 years ago there were many more of these than there are now. I think the chain lost its zing when Mama Ninfa sold the chain.

  7. Kim R

    Thanks for the recipe! Since moving to NE Louisiana it’s proven impossible to find good Mexican food. I made this as directed and it tasted too much like sour cream. Next time I will start with only 1/2 cup of sour cream and add more if necessary.

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