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A Homemade Salsa You Control

Mixing up a delicious summer salsa is a great way to incorporate plenty of farm-fresh vegetables.

“I smell Chipotle” my oldest son yelled as he came barreling up the stairs. No, but you were close and thank you for the compliment!

What he smelled was my homemade fresh tomato salsa. It is so simple to make and fresh tasting – not to mention you’re controlling the ingredients (i.e. how much salt, how fresh the veggies).

After visiting at the Wednesday, I grabbed a bag of tomatoes (talk about fresh), my bell pepper and a jalapeño pepper from various DFM vendors. To get the rest of what I needed, I stopped off at in Dedham and grabbed a lime and fresh cilantro. I was well on my way to making my first homemade salsa.

I went home, pulled out the food processor (if you have one, this is recommended to save yourself from a lot of chopping). Don’t forget to grab your favorite bag of tortilla chips (there’s certainly not a lack of choices these days) and you’re good for preseason Tom Brady – I mean New England Patriots, an August cookout, or family game night munchies!

Fresh Tomatoes Salsa (adapted from Allrecipes.com)

Ingredients:

3 cups chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 cup onion, diced

1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

4 teaspoons chopped fresh jalapeno pepper (excluding seeds)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions: Stir the tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

Note: I omitted the jalapeño seeds. If you want a hotter salsa, include the seeds, but this had plenty of heat sans seeds. I also omitted the cumin. If you choose to add in cumin, use 1/2 teaspoon. The salsa tastes even better the next day!

Alex Shumway August 12, 2011 at 04:44 PM
THANK YOU for the inspiration! Just made this (why did i never think of using a food processor before? duh). I omitted the green pepper...because i had none. I added some chopped cucumber at the very end...because i had one the size of a volkswagen. Also added a clove of garlic and a banana pepper that we have been growing in the backyard. I think i may never buy salsa again.
Lisa Nosky August 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM
That sounds so good Alex and that's the great thing about cooking---adding in stuff that you need to use up--Volkswagen sized cucumbers and banana peppers! Good idea to add the garlic--yum! You can't beat fresh salsa when you compare it the jarred stuff! I know you guys like eggs/omelettes, so save some of the salsa to put on top!

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