I enjoy cooking, but let’s just say with two boys, (3 if you include the hubs), a full time job and household to take care of, I don’t always have the time I wish I did to cook every day and enjoy the process of cooking.
My husband is a different sort of cook. Not to brag too much, but he is an amazing griller and a master of the smoker. But he has a knack for mixing spices and flavors to come up with his own version of whatever it is he had the other day from his favorite Mexican restaurant. And so his homemade salsa came to be.
There was a certain salsa that he loved so much and he was determined to duplicate it at home. He set off to the grocery store one weekend to pick up multiples of the ingredients he needed. And so we spent an entire afternoon coming up with the perfect concoction. Needless to say, we ended up with a LOT of salsa.
After tasting each kind (several times) we both finally found a favorite flavor and the perfect texture – a winning combination we loved. Below is the special recipe you’ll need to create the not-too-spicy, perfectly chunky homemade salsa.
– 8 vine-ripened tomatoes
– 1/2 white onion
– 1/2 red onion
– 3 jalapenos, chopped and de-seeded
– 3 T. minced garlic
– 2 T. lime juice
– 1 bunch of fresh cilantro (about a half cup)
– salt and pepper to taste (about a half tsp. each)
A food processor works best for this or you can use a blender. Chop tomatoes and onions into large chunks and place in food processor. De-seed jalapenos. Add jalapenos to the food processor and begin to blend.
Then add the garlic, lime juice and cilantro. Here’s the first taste test – crucial before adding the salt and pepper. You get a true sense of the heat from the peppers and can gauge how much salt and pepper you want to add. Start with the smallest amount and add a shake of salt and pepper at a time. Taste in between each.
Note: We love love love cilantro. If you don’t want as much of a in-your-face flavor, cut the bunch in half and start there. The key to getting this salsa just the way you want is having the flexibility to build on the intensity of the flavors.
Serve the salsa in a pretty dish – like this one from Anthropologie, with your favorite chips and you’re ready for the perfect appetizer this game season!