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I love salsa. In fact, I think I could have it for breakfast lunch and dinner. I like it with chips, I like it on chicken. I like it by itself (think kicked up tomato soup). And since Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to have salsa, I thought I’d share my favorite recipe. What I like best is if you don’t have all of the main ingredients in your cabinets, the substitutions are (almost) countless. Guess what else? Nothing is really measured. So it’s like a science experiment in the kitchen every single time. And while I often begrudge cooking, I do love to experiment.

  • Start with 3 or 4 tomatoes. Or a can of tomato sauce. Or crushed tomatoes. Or diced tomatoes. Or Ro-Tel (see where this is going?) Or do what I do – use some fresh tomatoes and a can of crushed or diced tomatoes.
  • Add some fresh garlic. Or garlic powder. Or garlic salt. Or jarred, minced garlic.
  • Stir in some chili powder. Or chili sauce. Or leave it out.
  • Add chopped onions – fresh or frozen. Or leave out.
  • Dice up a jalepeno pepper or two. Or add red pepper flakes. Or hot sauce (like Tabasco or Franks). Or add all three.
  • Salt and pepper it to taste. I always use Kosher salt, but what do I know?
  • Add the juice from a freshly squeezed lime or two. Or pull out the plastic lime bottle and squirt generously over salsa.
  • Chop up about half a bunch of cilantro. Or add dried cilantro leaves (this should be a staple in your spice rack, people). Or leave the cilantro out altogether if you’re a cilantro hater. If that’s the case, we need to talk…
  • Pull out a bag of tortilla chips and invite me over.

If you like it chunky, use big chops on the veggies. Puree it if you like it smooth. Or go somewhere in between, like I do. While my recipe is always delish :-) it never turns out exactly the same (I wonder why…). I’ve also added a bit of sugar, thyme and rosemary when making this. You can really go wherever you want, here. The important thing is that you make the effort and give it a whirl. Because Cinco de Mayo is only tres dias away.


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