Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Crappy Tomatoes Call For Shortcuts! House Salsa

I LOVE homemade salsa!  It is always best in the summer time with fresh, ripe, juicy tomatoes from the garden.  I don't know about the rest of you but my summer crop of tomatoes was the absolute WORST ever!  It didn't matter what I tried I just couldn't get them to grow and if the did they rotted on the vine before they were even close to being picked.  :(

I have been dying to experiment with some salsas that didn't use fresh tomatoes (I know, sacrilege) and I think I have finally come up with a fantastic one by mixing some canned tomatoes with some top notch fresh ingredients.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

The recipe really couldn't be easier as everything is just thrown into a food processor.  Fresh garlic, fresh cilantro, fresh jalapenos, fresh lime juice, fresh onions and a few more little things added in.
We like our salsa HOT in this house so adjust the jalapenos accordingly. By now, I think most everyone knows that the "heat" of a jalapeno comes from the seeds.  We chose NOT to remove the seeds.  If you are not as bold and daring remove the seeds from your jalapenos.  Oh, and WEAR gloves when you do it - trust me, that jalapeno "acid" can reek havoc on your hands and anything you may touch for HOURS afterwards!  We also wanted a salsa that was "restaurant" consistency and not a chunky kind.  You may want to change yours up a bit to suit your taste.  Hey, it's your homemade salsa so do what you want!  I won't show up at your house to taste it and critique!  Unless you are inviting me to dinner. ;)

House Salsa  

  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 10 oz can RoTel tomatoes with lime and cliantro
  • 1/2 large onion cut up into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 2 jalapenos, stems removed and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • One healthy handful of fresh cilantro
  • Juice of one lime
Here comes the really hard part - pay attention!  Um, put it all in the food processor and blend away!

And for my next trick.......  ;)

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  1. You have just made my week with this recipe! I have been craving Mexican food like crazy but the kind you get in restaurants! Being in South Africa now I can’t find a good restaurant ANYWHERE!! GRR!!! So I’m am slowly collecting and trying different recipes until I have the perfect meal for my craving and my family! This has officially made the board! I LOVE IT! I always make two batches of salsa. One spicy and one not (for the wimps kids!) hehe Then can them and store them! THANK YOU!

    1. Hey there, Shana! I think you'll like this. I will say that we used two whole (with seeds) jalapenos and honestly, we could have used more. ;) I'm with you though - we LOVE restaurant salsa and the jarred kind just doesn't come close. I think that with this one you can certainly tailor it to what you guys like - even the kiddos! :)