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Easy Tomato Salsa Recipe

Make Your Own Salsa

For the first 23 years of my life, I thought salsa was something purchased at the grocery store or enjoyed at a Mexican restaurant. Then one day, I realized I could make it at home using fresh ingredients and everything changed.

The entire experience of eating salsa (with tortilla chips, of course) was enhanced. The juicy sweetness of tomatoes, the spicy heat of jalapeños, the subtle smokiness of chili powder, the crunchy bite of raw onion — it was like tasting salsa for the first time.

Don't be intimidated if you've never made salsa before, it's wildly easy and domestically rewarding. While having a food processor allows you to make salsa in mere minutes, it can also be done the old-fashioned way by finely chopping the ingredients. To check out my favorite salsa recipe

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Tomato Salsa

Tomato Salsa

Easy Tomato Salsa Recipe 2009-08-07 10:25:55

Ingredients

4 large ripe tomatoes
juice of one lime
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 jalapeño, seeded (optional) roughly chopped
1/2 small white onion, roughly chopped
1/4 cup cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with water. Bring to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice and water. Place next to the stove.
  2. With a small knife, slice an X into the bottom of each tomato, being careful not to cut all the way through. Drop each tomato into the boiling water and boil until the skin starts to peel off, about 45 seconds to a minute. Remove immediately and place in the ice water bath.
  3. When the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins and discard. Slice the tomatoes into large wedges.
  4. Squeeze the lime juice into a food processor. Add the garlic, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, spices, and tomatoes.
  5. Process until the vegetables are finely chopped and the mixture is chunky. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. If you prefer more heat, add another jalapeño or more chili powder. Enjoy with tortilla chips or however you desire!

Makes about 2 cups.


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sumlady sumlady 5 years
I haven't bought salsa in years now I make it in bulk and jar it in mason jars. I add a few dried red chiles as well which add more spice and color. I do not blanch the tomatoes either. I added different kinds of peppers from my garden as well as jalapenos and it adds different levels of spicyness and taste. Have fun!
zeze zeze 6 years
I just made this and it was really good. The cumin is a bit strong and I think it's missing something, I can't put my finger on it though, maybe some lemon in addition? I am not sure...and another thing I was surprised at is that this recipe makes A LOT of salsa. I have about 2 cups left that I need t figure out what to do with.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 6 years
Mmmm... with my mom's fresh jalepenos waiting on me at home, I can't wait to make some fresh salsa!
partysugar partysugar 6 years
stoopeed: Yes, I do mean cumin powder.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 6 years
I like to make my own salsa so I can cut down on the onion and eliminate cilantro. I love to snack on homemade salsa and chip while I study.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 6 years
I love homemade stuff!! We also have lots of local places here that make it daily that you can pick up if you don't have the time.
stoopeed stoopeed 6 years
I'm going to try making my own this time. I like fresher things. Though I'm just going to have to assume by cumin they mean cumin seed powder and not whole cumin seeds.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
As I said..........before........Holy guacamole Batman! Looks great with the peppers added!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I make salsa all the time when the tomatoes and jalapenos are in season. I don't blanch mine, though...I just throw them in the food processor with onions, jalapenos, cilantro, salt, pepper, and garlic. It doesn't take long at all and it's way better than the jarred stuff.
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