Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Salsa Ole!

Salsa is a family favorite at our house. I learned how to make it from my friend Barbara about 30 years ago. We were 2 young couples. About once a week we got together for tacos. Barbara always made homemade salsa to with them. The recipe is especially sentimental for me now because Barbara died of cancer a couple of years ago.
Salsa can be made lots of different ways. You can trade out ingredients to suit your taste. I like using canned tomatoes because it is easy but you could substitute fresh tomatoes and you would get pico de gallo. Start by collecting your ingredients. (I'll have a list at the end.)

I thinly sliced 2 bunches of green onion. Seeded and finely chopped 1 jalapeno. I added chopped green chile. We have a store that roasts fresh green chiles so that is what I use but you could dump in a can of chopped green chiles instead.

Dump in your choice of tomatoes. I use crushed tomatoes because the work is done. I also like to add a smaller can of petite diced tomatoes for texture. We like a chunky salsa.

Oh boy! I am not fond of seeing myself on here! My daughter was my photographer. Here I am working with cilantro. I just roll it up tight and slice very thinly. I used about 2/3 of a bunch but start with less and see what you like. Not everyone likes cilantro.

Add in the cilantro.

Time for seasoning. I like Morton Nature's Seasons. I tend to be generous with the seasoninngs.

Garlic powder. (Or crushed in the jar or fresh.)

Hot pepper flakes are a way to easily add more heat. Be careful if you add them because they get hotter as the salsa sits.

I usually start with about 1/2 tsp. in the palm of my hand.

Mix it all up

Find someone to sample it and check the seasonings. :-)

My batch includes:
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
2 bunches of green onion, finely sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1 4 oz. can chopped green chiles
2/3 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
Morton Nature's Season to taste
Garlic powder to taste
Hot pepper flakes to taste (1/2 tsp. give or take)


pattas said...

You have been busy.:)) My hubbie loves cooking so I will give him the recipe to make , thanks for sharing.

The Redhead Riter said...

That looks and sounds so delicious. Having lived most of my life in Texas, salsa and chips became a staple of life! You also very right about cilantro...some people love it and others just hate it. I also love it on a sandwich with a slice of tomato and turkey. Yummmm!

Kudos to your daughter for catching the seasons and garlic powder in motion!

katlupe said...

Thanks for this recipe! I will be trying it soon. I am glad to see you putting your recipes on here with the photos.

Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) said...

I love your recipe...yum! I garden solely for making salsa for the year and putting it in the freezer. Have you ever tried putting vinegar in your recipe? I've experimented with differing types of vinegar and it's been quite fun....rice, apple, balsamic. I generally just add a different one to each bag before freezing. Mixes it up a little through the year.