Ever since we witnessed a tomatillo salsa being made at home, we were hooked for life. Our photographer friend Penny De Los Santos took us to meet a friend of hers in East Los Angeles who is known as “The Barbacoa Lady.” This lovely woman specializes in making lamb barbacoa, and though we didn’t have any that morning, she made us an incredible lunch of chicharrones tacos and tomatillo salsa. The fresh tomatillos were roasted to a fragrant char in a dry pan, then crushed in her molcajete. Everything was made by hand and tasted incredible. So, this recipe is inspired by The Barbacoa Lady, who showed us how a simple technique, some ingenuity, and lots of love can make a simple side dish amazing.