Tasty Tuesday: SALSA!!

We got some lovely Roma tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market this weekend. As soon as I saw them I felt inspired to make SALSA. Homemade salsa with chips is definitely a family favorite…and boy do we like our salsa chunky! Here a basic salsa recipe that I have been making for 14 years. Wowzers, am I really old enough to have a 14 year old recipe? Guess so!

Ingredients:

6 Roma tomatoes, chopped

1/2 small sweet onion, finely diced

1 jalapeno, diced

1 bunch green onion, chopped

1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed and chopped

lime juice to taste

salt to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and serve with your favorite tortilla chips. Salsa taste best if refrigerated 1/2 before serving, although it’s fine to dig right in if you cannot wait.

Salsa-making tips:

  • You can never have enough cilantro…when in doubt, add more!
  • Don’t substitute other varieties of tomatoes; stick with Romas as they truly make the best salsa
  • Be sure to remove the seeds from your jalapeno unless you like your salsa super spicy
  • Be careful when cutting the jalapeno to minimize exposure to your skin. Wear gloves if possible (I often use a plastic baggie in a pinch). If the juices from the jalapeno get onto your skin, it will tingle/burn for a while. Also it’s painful if it gets in your eye or nose.
  • If you don’t have a lot of time or patience for chopping ingredients by hand, you can make salsa in your blender. Pulse tomatoes gently or else your salsa will be very bubbly/watery. If I am in a hurry I might pulse a few of the tomatoes in the blender, along with the other ingredients, and then hand-chop the remaining tomatoes. This helps keep the consistency on the chunky side, but speeds up the process. I do prefer to chop everything by hand so this method is reserved for emergency purposes only. (you know how those salsa emergencies can be ;))
  • Play with the flavoring to create new salsas. You can add chopped pineapple or mango for a sweeter salsa. You could add garlic powder or garlic salt (but not fresh garlic) if you like the taste of garlic. You can use different peppers to experiment with the heat level.

Fresh homemade salsa not only taste spectacular, it’s also a healthy snack. The tomatoes are packed full of antioxidants so don’t be shy about enjoying your homemade salsa and chips…heck I don’t even need the chips; I can eat homemade salsa by the spoonful! 🙂

Do you have a favorite salsa recipe? Care to share your secrets for delicious salsa? Would love to hear some fresh ideas!

-Sarah

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