How To Make SalsaAnyone can grab a jar of prepared salsa off the grocery store shelf. But if you've found yourself eyeing up the produce section, thinking you might rather learn how to make salsa of your own, you are most definitely onto something. When it comes to a truly authentic Tex-Mex fiesta, nothing quite compares to the freshness and signature style you can achieve by making your own salsa.
Don't let the complex blend of flavors fool you; making salsa is ridiculously easy. In fact, making your own is almost as easy as opening a container of someone else's. So what are you waiting for?
-Hi, I'm Miranda with recipe.com, and today I'm gonna show you how to make the best salsa. Now, you could make this to base for [unk] with tomatoes fresh from your garden for extra fresh, yummy punch, and serve it with keeps for quick, fast appetizer. I have ingredients all laid out here. We have 3 medium tomatoes that have been chopped, 1 small onion, chopped. We have 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, snipped or chopped; 1 clove of garlic, which has been peeled and minced, 1 teaspoon of sugar. We have 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, and then 1 jalapeno, which has been seeded and cut up. Now, just a note about jalapeno, when you're cutting or working with jalapeno at all, before to wash hands frequently and do not touch your face especially your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. The jalapeno has like really, really hot oils on it. Particularly on the seeds, which could just be so, so painful if you come in contact with it. So, just be sure to keep your hand away from your face when you're working with jalapeno. So, easily enough, we're just going to combine everything here in this bowl. So, I'm gonna start with the tomatoes and great thing about salsa is you can vary the recipe using anything you want. You could add in something else. You could substitute fruits. For example, you could use like mango or pineapple in place of the tomato. Once you have a nice basic recipe down, you can sort of customize to your heart content, add in the garlic there, now the sugar. The other great thing about salsa, as I said this is perfect for a quick appetizer, but you can store this covered in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You could use it top eggs, you know, on top of the salad instead of salad dressing, which add in lemon juice. There's so much that you can do with salsa especially fresh easy salsa like this. Now, let's add in those hot, hot jalapenos. Perfect, give just another toast. Look how beautiful this is. We just have all this like fresh, delicious ingredients and now you could certainly buy sauce at the store. How easy was that? So, why not just go ahead and make your own best salsa. Thanks for watching. And for more great recipes and savings, visit us at recipe.com.
What You'll Need
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped*
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
Step By Step
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Store, covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you like, garnish with additional fresh cilantro before serving.
Because the chili peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, wear plastic gloves when working with them. If your bare hands touch the chili peppers, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
NUTRITION ANALYSIS PER SERVING WITH CHIPS: 150 calories, 3 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 2 g total sugar, 6% Vitamin A, 13% Vitamin C, 121 mg sodium, 5% calcium, 4% iron
This salsa is great as a snack, a mouthwatering appetizer or even as a condiment for tacos, burritos and other Mexican fare. Eat it right away, or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Expecting guests? This recipe makes about 2 3/4 cups and can disappear quickly among a hungry group. So you may want to make multiple batches for a crowd. Then, mix some margaritas, turn on some mariachi music and wait for the compliments to start pouring in!
To truly make your salsa your own, get creative and experiment with different combinations of peppers, tomatoes, spices and herbs. Like a little (or a lot of) heat? Try some spicier pepper varieties. Or sweeten things up with chopped peaches or mangoes. You can even add black beans, corn or other vegetables. The possibilities are endless. Before you know it, your friends and family will be asking you how to make salsa. (But that doesn't mean you have to tell them!)