I have this friend who loves salsa…more than anyone I know! Last year upon visiting her in her temporary location in the sunny south, I opened up her fridge to find: a gallon of milk, some fruit, and three types of salsa. That’s it. In her cupboards? A huge bag of tortilla chips (ok, ok, along with some other food of course). My friend J is the ultimate salsa connoisseur. So when she came to visit this weekend, I thought I’d cross something off my foodie-bucket list and have us make homemade salsa. Salsa is an easy recipe that can be altered to fit the taste buds of the chef. For us, we kept it simple but added some spice by adding more jalapenos and peppers, (where as if i were making it solely for myself, they would be more sporadically used…so it’s easy to alter without screwing up). Here’s what we did…
5 beefsteak tomatoes (best from the local farmers market!), chopped
2 white onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
3 jalapenos, seeds removed and chopped
1/2 red chile pepper, seeds removed and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced or chopped as finely as possible
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. lime juice
Chop all ingredients and combine into large bowl with lime juice. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
Put 1/3 of the mixture into a blender and pulse for 2-3 second at a time, and repeat approx. 10 times. Salsa should be thick, but you can blend further if you want it to be more liquefied (we prefer the chunkier salsas!) Repeat with remaining 2/3 of salsa. Combine and Enjoy!
NOTE: Makes approx. 5 cups salsa. I’ll be posting another salsa recipe that is much smaller in size in the near future!