Quick and Easy Homemade Salsa

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cookinwithherbs susan belsinger, contributor
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Salsa ingredients. Click on pix to enlarge and read captions.
Just-harvested chiles.
Habaneros are extremely pungent--youll probably only need one for a whole batch of salsa.
Tomatoes, chiles and onions are essentials to a good salsa.
Handle chiles with care--wear gloves if chopping by hand.
Add the harder vegetables like chiles, onions and garlic to be chopped first.
Pulse to chop them coarsely.
Cilantro is a favorite herb for salsa. For those who dont like cilantro, try oregano or a little bit of sage.
Add tomatoes and herbs next and pulse to blend; do not puree, leave some coarse bits.
Salsa with blue corn tortilla chips. Buen provecho!
Salsa ingredients. Click on pix to enlarge and read captions.Click To Enlarge

Salsa ingredients. Click on pix to enlarge and read captions.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

Ingredients:
Makes about 6 cups

3 large garlic cloves
1 medium onion
6 to 8 medium to large jalapeno or serrano chiles, halved, stemmed, and seeded
2-1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes or canned tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, or 8 large sage leaves, chopped
About 1/2 teaspoon salt
About 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice

I make this all of the time without using a recipe, so it varies with what is in season and what I have on hand.  Sometimes, I add corn or black beans, or a teaspoon of freshly ground cumin.  I often use oregano or sage, or even a little Mexican mint marigold in place of cilantro, substitute some or all of the tomatoes for green tomatoes or tomatillos, and use scallions instead of onion.  I use whatever chile I bring in from the garden, sometimes a combo of different chiles, and occasionally I use roasted ones.

Peel the garlic and onion. Cut the onion into eighths. Peel and core the tomatoes and cut them into quarters.

Chop the vegetables finely by hand and toss them together with the cilantro, salt and lime juice.

Or in a food processor, pulse the garlic, onion, and chiles until coarse chopped. Add the tomatoes and cilantro and pulse until it is a coarse salsa texture.  The salsa should have some texture with small bits of vegetables. Stir in the chopped coriander, salt, and lime juice.

Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt or lime juice. Serve immediately, or let stand so the flavors develop a bit before serving. Serve as a relish or dipping sauce. 


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Comments (4)

TheRose12 writes: Susan...I love your recipe. I love your pictures and your video is so professional and easy to follow. Thanks.
Posted: 1:32 pm on February 16th
ruru writes: Sounds simple and good. Going to try this with my family.
Posted: 4:45 pm on September 3rd
Ruth writes: This recipe has more photos than most. If you want to print just the text, highlight it, then copy and paste into a word-processing program and print from there.
Posted: 8:21 am on September 20th
notmightymouse writes: It would be nice if you did not put a bunch of pictures in the print program!
Posted: 9:53 am on September 19th
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