Chips and Salsa

Homemade Salsa

Chips and Salsa

Homemade Chips deserve Homemade Salsa

If you ask my family (or most of  my friends) what my favorite food is, they would say, “Anything Mexican”. Which is QUITE true…I do LOVE all foods Mexican!  I make Mexican food at home frequently, if I am choosing a restaurant, I usually name some place Mexican.  My idea of a fast food snack is a taco (or burrito or nachos). And when I get to choose a place to go for a special occasion it’s “upscale” Mexican. And when all else fails for leftovers….wrap it in a tortilla!

One of my favorite Mexican foods is Chips and Salsa.  For years I bought salsa in a jar.  Then one day, while living in Pennsylvania, I had real homemade salsa, made by my friend, who is Mexican.  It was AMAZING and easy!  Why hadn’t I ever tried making it before?  Well, I can tell you, I’ve certainly made up for it since.

Little did I know then that one day I’d be living in Texas, where Salsa is King!

Here’s the Recipe:

  • 1 can Fire Roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 small-medium onion – sliced
  • 2-3 slices fresh jalapeno (this is for “mild” salsa, add more peppers for spicier versions)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (or 1/4 tsp dried)
  • 1 squirt lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp taco seasoning
  • generous dash of salt and pepper

*for a smokey flavor add one chipotle in adobo sauce

Blend all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency. (Could also use a food processor) For “chunky” salsa chop fresh tomatoes and stir in spices.  Let stand in refrigerator at least one hour before serving – best if refrigerated overnight.

There are as many recipes for salsa as there are salsa makers.  Experiment to suit your taste. The recipe doubles easily for larger groups.

Chips and Salsa are one of my “go to” take anywhere dishes!

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I know, I know, I already have a picture of chips and salsa, but it looks so yummy I just couldn’t resist! 

A big “Thanks” to my friend Alma, whose salsa was my inspiration!

Homemade Salsa
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can Fire Roasted tomatoes
  2. 1/4 small-medium onion - sliced
  3. 2-3 slices fresh jalapeno (this is for "mild" salsa, add more peppers for spicier versions)
  4. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (or 1/4 tsp dried)
  5. 1 squirt lime juice
  6. 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  7. 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  8. 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  9. 1/4 tsp taco seasoning
  10. generous dash of saltand pepper
  11. *for a smokey flavor add one chipotle in adobo sauce
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency. (Could also use a food processor) For "chunky" salsa chop fresh tomatoes and stir in spices. Let stand in refrigerator at least one hour before serving - best if refrigerated overnight.
Notes
  1. There are as many recipes for salsa as there are salsa makers. Experiment to suit your taste. The recipe doubles easily for larger groups.
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