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Classic Tomato Salsa

tomato salsa

I’ve been cooking and baking for quite a while now, and ever since I started I’ve been drawn to making things that are easy enough to buy in the store (marshmallows, ketchup, graham crackers).  I mean, really, who makes graham crackers?  Me, apparently, and it’s fun!  I think there’s something exciting and even a tad big mysterious  in making something that you might reach for in the grocery store and stick in your cart without giving a passing thought to.

I remember the first time I ever made homemade chocolate pudding on the stove top.  This is pretty silly, I thought.  I mean, I wasn’t even really a fan of those single serving puddings from the store, or of the powdery mix.  So why was I making it?  Pudding is pudding, I thought.  But there I was, making it from scratch anyway.  Then I took my first taste.  I could have cried.  😉  It was a beautiful moment!  THIS is pudding? I thought.  What is that junk I’ve been eating since I was a kid?  Whereas store-bought pudding was bland, boring, and soupy, my homemade version was thick, rich, and sinful.  It was a food worthy of an epic poem in the style of The Iliad…..Too far?

tomato salsa

Anyway, there’s usually a huge discrepancy between store-bought foods/treats and their homemade counterparts.  And so we come to salsa.  We’ve all dumped the store-bought stuff over nachos and tacos and never thought anything of it.  But what happens when you go out to a restaurant where they make their own homemade version?  There’s a pop of cilantro!  All the flavors are fresh and light.  It seems worlds apart from the salsa aisle of the grocery store.  And it is.  I’m just about fed up with store-bought salsa.  It’s too sweet for my taste, looks an awful lot like ketchup, and what’s the point of making it when homemade takes about two minutes anyway?

So grab your tortilla chips and get ready for dunkin’.  ‘Cuz this stuff is spicy, fresh, and worthy of at least a short song in it’s honor.  🙂

Until next time, friends!

(This restaurant style salsa came from Cooking Classy.  Enjoy!)

tomato salsa

Classic Tomato Salsa
  • 6 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (a can of Rotel is a little smaller, but would probably work too.)
  • 2 green onions
  • ⅓ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, sliced in a few pieces (remove seeds for a less spicy salsa)
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro
  • The juice of one lime
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • a few pinches of sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. This tastes great right away, but will also keep well in the fridge for a few days.


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