Avocado Tomatillo Roll

This tomatillo roll is sure to wow your guests: Creamy avocados, tangy tomatiillos and spicy serrano peppers wrapped in a blanket of cream cheese.

Avocado Tomatillo Roll by FamilySpice.com

Summer has finally hit San Diego and our weather has definitely heated up! Lucky for us, we have great friends with pools and we get invited often enough for my kids to say, “I don’t want to swim today, AGAIN?!!!” But, as always, when they get together with their friends, they forget about their complaints and they have a blast. And, so do I, I must say!!

When I went my friend, Hendrika’s, for a pool play date, I brought over the ingredients for one of my favorite appetizers, the tomatillo roll. Okay, I admit, I have a lot of favorites, but this one is among my top 5 all time favorites. So, that should tell you a lot!

I have made this myself a couple times, but I needed to watch Hendrika do it, because it gets a little tricky at the end. And since Hendrika introduced this fabulous appetizer to me, I went straight to her! She discovered this recipe at a cooking class she took years ago in Mexico and it really is a crowd pleaser.

Avocado Tomatillo Roll by FamilySpice.com
First, you purée in a food processor the tomatillos, serrano chile, onion, cilantro and salt. Next, because of the juice of the tomatillo can make your fillings too wet, you want to strain out the excess juice of the mixture.

This salsa is then combined with avocado and this makes up the filling for the cream cheese blanket that surrounds it. Next, you put one brick of cream cheese between two sheets of aluminum foil and roll it until it is about 1/8-inch thick. The tricky part comes when you peel off the foil. You have to work fast otherwise the cream cheese gets too soft and it will stick to the foil. If that happens, you should put the rolled out cream cheese in the refrigerator to harden again.

Avocado Tomatillo Roll by FamilySpice.com
Spoon the tomatillo mix and avocado chunks down the center of your cream cheese blanket. Fold one side of the cream over the tomatillo mix, while gently peeling back the foil. Now do the same with the other side of the cream cheese, making sure the two sides meet and overlap. Place the tomatillo roll onto your serving platter, seam-side down and gently peel off the remaining foil. If your roll starts to crack, no worries. Just wet your fingers and reconnect the cream cheese.

TA-DAH! Serve with tortilla chips and margaritas and you’ve got a party! This unique appetizer will get your taste buds moving and shaking!! And of course, your guests will be asking YOU for this fabulous recipe!

Avocado Tomatillo Roll

The hot salsa is cooled with the cream cheese, while the tart tomatillos compliment the avocados. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 5 small tomatillos, quartered
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, quartered
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, fresh, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 avocado


  1. Place between two sheets of aluminum foil:
    • 8 oz cream cheese
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll the cream cheese flat until approximately 1/8-inch thick.
  3. Put in refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Using a food processor purée:
    • 5 small tomatillos , quartered
    • 1 serrano chile , seeded and coarsely chopped
    • 1/2 cup onion , quartered
    • 1/4 cup cilantro, fresh , coarsely chopped
    • 1/4 tsp salt
  5. Put tomatillo mixture in a colander and strain excess juice and set aside.
  6. Cut in half and set aside:
    • 1 avocado
  7. Remove cream cheese from the refrigerator and slowly peel back one sheet of aluminum foil from cream cheese.
  8. Spoon strained tomatillo mixture along the center of flattened cream cheese, reserving 1 tsp for garnish.
  9. Score avocado halves in both directions and spoon out the cubes of half an avocado over the tomatillo mixture. Reserve the other avocado cubes for garnish.
  10. Carefully fold one side of flattened cream cheese over the tomatillo mixture, peeling off the foil.
  11. Fold over the other side of the cream cheese and peel foil off the cream cheese.
  12. Place tomatillo roll onto serving plate, seam-side down, and remove the remaining aluminum foil.
  13. Garnish the top of the roll with reserved tomatillo mixture and remaining avocado cubes.


Serving Suggestions: The tomatillo mixture makes a great salsa by itself, too! For a larger crowd, double the ingredients. When you roll out the cream cheese, place two bricks together and roll at the same time. This will produce one large sheet of cream cheese for your roll.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 4

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One Response to Avocado Tomatillo Roll

  1. Thom at #

    I will have to try your "Tomatillo Roll". It really looks good. You have "unsung" blog….meaning you have a first class blog and I don't see many visitors. It's obvious to me that you have put a lot work into it. Anyway, Best to you and your family!

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