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Aug 14, 2011

Salsa time

I thought that today was a good day to go south of the border for recipe inspiration. The recipe that I used didn't have the serano chili pepper so it was a little flat. I found this recipe here and thought that it sounded a little bit better than the recipe I used. I found that it was ok to touch the jalepeno, but I did wash my hands a few times after. It was my first time dealing with a jalepeno pepper, so I am glad that it all turned out alright. Hehe. Now, without further ado, here is the recipe:


Fresh Tomato Salsa

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 medium sized fresh tomatoes (from 1 lb to 1 1/2 lb), stems removed, finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeño chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced
  • 1 serano chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: oregano and or cumin to taste

METHOD

1 Start with chopping up 2 medium sized fresh tomatoes. Prepare the chilies. Be very careful while handling these hot peppers. If you can, avoid touching them with your hands. Use a fork to cut up the chilies over a small plate, or use a paper towel to protect your hands. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after handling and avoid touching your eyes for several hours. Set aside some of the seeds from the peppers. If the salsa isn't hot enough, you can add a few for heat.
2 Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Taste. If the chilies make the salsa too hot, add some more chopped tomato. If not hot enough, carefully add a few of the seeds from the chilies, or add some ground cumin.
Let sit for an hour for the flavors to combine.
Makes approximately 3-4 cups. Can last for approximately 4 days in the fridge. 
Serve with chips, tortillas, tacos, burritos, tostadas, quesadillas, pinto beans, or black beans.



I would say that if your salsa still lacks flavor to add some pepper and maybe some salt when you spoon out your portion. I wouldn't add it to everything though. If you wish, you could also run it through the food processor a bit, but still keep it chunky. Well, I hope you enjoy the recipe today!


Bon appétit!

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