Friday, March 1, 2013

Homemade Salsa

So I decided to remake my homemade salsa recipe the other night for a potluck baby shower at work today.  All of the ingredients are still the same, however, the quantities are a little different.  I ventured into making the salsa hotter this time around and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the results.  This is a really quick and easy way to make restaurant-style salsa.  Now, keep in mind I did not use fresh tomatoes, especially since they're not really in season this time of year but I really think that doesn't take away from the "freshness" of this salsa.  I used canned tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients were fresh.  This recipe got rave reviews from everyone at work so be sure to try it and let me know what you think!

28 oz can diced tomatoes - no salt
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chilies - original
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chilies - mild
1 medium-sized jalapeno
1/2 cup red onion - coarsely chopped
approx 1/2 cup fresh cilantro - coarsely chopped
1-2 clove(s) garlic - minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sugar
1 medium lime -juiced (or approx 1 Tbsp lime juice)

Here are the ingredients that I used...


1.  Rough chop your onion and cilantro. Add to food processor or blender.

2.  Roll your lime on the counter top until softened, slice in half, and squeeze juice into processor. 
3.  Cut and remove stem from jalapeno. Chop in half, then into quarters. Slice and throw into processor.
Depending on the amount of heat you want your salsa, you will have to decide if you want to leave the seeds and membrane inside. If you don't want the salsa that hot, then remove the seeds.
*REMEMBER:  Always wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after handling any hot peppers! 
Do NOT rub your eyes after handling, you will be sorry!!!

4.  Add tomatoes - undrained
(Just open the cans and add it all in the processor.)

5.  Add a clove or 2 of minced garlic to the mix. I use the jarred minced garlic, so I added about a tsp to the mix but if you feel inclined to peel and mince your garlic yourself, by all means, feel free to do so!

6. Add all seasonings - the salt, pepper, cumin, and sugar.

7.  Hit the pulse button on the processor or blender a couple of times until the salsa has the consistency you like.

8.  Enjoy!  Now this does taste better if you let it sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let the flavors marinate and meld together.  It tastes even better if you let it sit overnight.

~Peace & blessings!~

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