It’s Salsa Season!

By Guest Blogger – Beth Cooper

Now that the weather is starting to warm up I have begun think about planting our garden.  And when I say “planting our garden,” I mean “my husband planting our garden.”  That’s his thing.  He does the garden in the back yard; I do the flowers in the front yard.  Our daughters love to help him and he loves to teach them all about gardening, although I suspect he could get it done quicker without them.  My favorite thing about our small backyard garden is of course the fresh vegetables that it produces.  Mainly the tomatoes.  I love fresh tomatoes and I love to make homemade salsa with them.  Like, every day.  I want to make salsa every day because I could eat the whole bowl every day.  It’s that good.  Of course, I don’t actually make it or eat it every single day, but I want to.  I am a self-proclaimed salsa addict.  Of course our garden isn’t even planted yet, but the warm weather has kicked my salsa cravings into overdrive so I have been buying fresh produce at the market and starting my “salsa season” off early.

I have tried lots of lots of different salsas over the years.  There’s not too many that I don’t like but I do have two favorites that I like to make at home.  They are both super easy to make.  I would recommend using a food processor.  If you don’t have one and think that you would like to make salsa on a regular basis, I recommend buying one.  I recently had to replace mine with a new one and I spent about $40.  I would be lost without one plus my wrists would probably hurt from all the cutting and dicing by hand.  At the rate that I make salsa, I would probably end up with Carpal Tunnel.  Ha!  I’m all for comfort, so I use the food processor.  My four-year-old loves to stick the onions and the tomatoes down the chute, so really all I have to do is push a button. :)

Salsa

This first recipe is my favorite.  It was given to me several years ago by a friend and has always been a big hit at backyard barbeques.

SALSA #1 – You will need:

  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 3 sprigs of cilantro (although I like to use 12-15 sprigs because I love cilantro)
  • ½ large onion
  • 2 poblano peppers (1 can green chiles can be substituted  or 2 anaheim peppers)
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder

First, seed all peppers.  Throw all of your ingredients in your food processor and chop until it as chunky as you like it.  I prefer mine to be very finely chopped.  You may want to put the onions in first and chop them into a fine consistency before adding everything else to prevent your tomatoes getting too juicy.  Let it chill in the refrigerator for a while and then serve.  It is really good!  I would consider this a “mild” salsa but honestly, sometimes I end up with hotter peppers than the time before so it is a bit of a gamble on how hot it will turn out.  My family doesn’t like it too hot, so if it turns out a bit on the warm side, I just add more tomatoes.

Like I said, this is my favorite homemade salsa but it is not my husband’s favorite.  He doesn’t love cilantro as much as I do, so he prefers this next recipe.  I guess you can call it a recipe.  It is so simple that I always feel embarrassed when asked what I did to make it… and I get asked every time I take it somewhere.  I will admit that it is so easy and so well liked that I regularly take it to get-togethers and potlucks.  As a busy mom of three I am not ashamed to say that I (gulp!) used a mix!  And that this darn mix is just as addicting as the first recipe that requires buying more ingredients.

So here it is:  It is made by Concord Farms and I usually find it in the produce section of my grocery store.  I use the food processor with this recipe as well.

Salsa

SALSA #2 - You will need:

  • 4-6 tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 package of Concord Farms salsa mix

Salsa

Finely chop the onion in the food processor and then add the tomatoes until it is the consistency that you desire.  Stir in 1 package of the mix.  This recipe can be made hotter by using two packets and it is also easily doubled.  Chill in the fridge for a bit; then serve on chips.  Dee-lish!!  And if anyone asks for your recipe, just tell them that you got it off the Internet!  You don’t have to tell them it’s a mix!  :)

Salsa

Whichever recipe you decide to try, I think you will love it! But be warned, it is addicting…

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