Sunday, August 24, 2008


Well, I finally tried my hand at making salsa. For some reason, this was something that intimidated me-- and it shouldn't have. It is so easy-- and so much better than the stuff you buy in a jar! It just tastes fresher, as it should. My 16 year old son said, "Mom this has ruined the jarred stuff forever." I took that as a compliment.
Here's how I make it:
The first time I made it, I used fresh tomatoes, because my neighbor gave me a bag of them that I needed to use up. This was hard for me because my handy chopper pulverized them instead of just chopping them like I wanted. I ended up using a can of petite diced tomatoes, drained of their juice, to give the salsa some body. It worked fine and I made a mental note just to use the canned tomatoes in the future. So, now I use 1 can of petite diced tomatoes, with juice. I add 1/2 of a chopped red onion, 1 cerano pepper and 1 jalapeno pepper. Then I juice one lime and sprinkle some cumin. Last I chop up some fresh cilantro and add that. Stir it up and let it sit for several hours or even over night to let the flavors mingle.
As my daughter said, "Mom, I could drink this stuff, it's so good!"
That just about says it all.
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amada said...

I LOVE salsa! I've always been an addict, and when we moved to Peru... none. They just don't even have the same variety of peppers that we can get in the states, besides the fact that I too was intimidated by so much chopping! But I use my food processor for everything, and I love the results, and EASY! yay! Your recipe sounds a lot like mine, but I just play by ear, I don't actually have quantities... just what seems right, and we've been SO happy!
Oh, I'm getting hungry!

I think I'll go make some right now!


Trujillo, Peru

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Rona said...

Will definitely be trying your recipe as I havent been real pleased with the one that I have been using.

Kelli said...

Hey MaryBeth,

My husband and I have experimented alot with salsa cuz we love homemade as opposed to store bought too... we add most of the same ingredients as you said... try adding a little balsamic vinegar, sounds weird.. but tastes great!!


Bonita said...

I'll share your recipe with me kids. For whatever reason, they both love making homemade salsa.

Anonymous said...

Oh man! I can't wait to make this & eat it with tortilla chips (& eggs!)