Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Yummy-Fresh Salsa

My wife loves salsa. Usually I make a big batch for her on Sunday and we keep it in the fridge throughout the week. It's always ready to be pulled out for a snack or to mix in to other recipes! We even have a dedicated "salsa bowl" that we store it in. And this stuff is so easy to make that I think everyone should have it around, ready to go!

The most important part is to use as fresh and ripe of tomatoes as you can find. Did you know that most tomatoes at the grocery store are not ripe, but are put through a process that changes their color -- but doesn't actually "ripen" the flavor? I recommend growing your own to be sure!

  • 4-6 ultimate ripe red tomatoes, sliced and stemmed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, to taste
  • jucie of 1 lime
  • black pepper, to taste
  • cumin, to taste
  • chili powder, to taste
  • kosher salt, to taste


Seed all the peppers and be sure to remove the "ribs" (the white part of the peppers) as well. Drop all the peppers, onions, and garlic into food processor and hit it with a few pulses to chop it up well. Remove from the food processor and place in your serving bowl.

Put tomatoes in the food processor and chop to the consistency you would prefer. Just before complete, add the cilantro leaves and lime juice and hit "pulse" on the food processor a few more times.

Transfer the tomato sauce to the serving bowl. Mix well with a spoon and add the other spices to taste. Serve with tortilla chips or optionally fresh vegetable chips.

Common Question:

Q: What's up with running two batches of the food processor, peppers first and tomatoes second? Why not just run them together?

A: Because I like to have two different consistencies for the mix! I like the tomatoes to be less chunky than the peppers. If you want it all mixed together, then go for it.


At 6:48 AM, Blogger LibrarianOnTheLoose said...

This does look yummy and fresh -- and healthy too! Thanks for your 2 cents on my blog. Usually I plan ahead too, but I kind of 'snapped' on Tuesday. Take care!

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Paul McDonald said...

Hey, you can't control yesterday but you can plan for tomorrow and act today! I applaud you!


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