Ahh it’s the dish that has you always coming back for more… at least when you’re out for tacos.. and at every party… and Super Bowl. But why must you wait to go out for chips and salsa when you can just make your own? There is nothing like fresh homemade salsa… the fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic, and a fresh squeeze of lime, there is just something special about it. It definitely has you coming back for more. Plus, to top it off a fresh margarita… it is like no other.
You can make salsa with store bought tomatoes, but if you have the luxury of a garden and a home grown tomato opt to use those. Garden tomatoes provide extra flavor and an extra kick of juice. I don’t want to keep using the word fresh, but it truly is.
There are many ways to make salsa — either diced or blended. I myself prefer diced since it adds in texture and variety to the salsa. If you decide to blend it, it’ll give it more of a saucy consistency and typically what you find in a grocery store. You also have to be careful to the amount of blending. If blended too much, you’ll get a tomato soup consistency. Leave it semi-blended, it’ll have more texture. And with the good old hand slicing and dicing, it’ll give you the chunkiest option and still provide the juice. The choice is up to you! And what I mean by blended is in a blender or in a food processor. A blender will make it soupy and a food processor can give a little more control. No matter what way you choose it’ll still be salsa.
I like to leave my recipes up to you since it is food and the options are endless. Plus, everyone has different tastes and smells and so a recipe is typically just a guideline to follow, especially when it comes to salsa. Make it tangy, make spicy, make it zesty… make it anything you want. Recipes can be altered. But give this one a whirl!
Yield: 10 people as an appetizer
Cook Time: 20 min
- 6 Large Tomatoes, Diced
- 1 Large Onion, Diced
- 2 Finely diced Jalapeno Peppers
- 3 cloves of crushed Garlic
- 1/4 Cup of chopped Cilantro
- 5 tsp Salt (or add to taste)
- 3 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
- 1 Fresh Squeezed Lime
Before doing anything, make sure all fruits and vegetables are washed thoroughly. It is especially important because this salsa is not being cooked.
Once washed, dice your tomatoes, onion, and jalapeno. Place all together in a medium sized bow. Now, crush your garlic and finely chop the cilantro. Add to the tomato mixture. Add in the remaining ingredients. Mix together so the salsa becomes evenly distributed. This is the point where you taste and finish to how your prefer. It doesn’t just have to be salt and ground black pepper, it can be another tomato, another onion. It all depends on how you prefer. Enjoy!
Once you have your finished salsa that is tasted to perfection, you may now blend some of it or all of it if you wish. If it were up to me, I’d leave it as is, but that’s my choice.
Whenever I’m craving a good salsa this is usually my go to choice. It’s simple and did I mention fresh? Yes, add in a few chips to dip and you got yourself a good Mexican meal, well, part of it.