Sunday, January 4, 2015
Since I've been making salsa at home, I've become quite a snooty salsa person. Jarred salsa just tastes too salty and bland.
One of the things I like about making my own salsa is, I can use up stuff I have in the icebox. What I've written here is a base recipe, but you can put anything you want in salsa.
I use canned ingredients during the winter, because the fresh produce at the grocery store usually leaves something to be desired, or my store has no organic option. In the summer, I grow and roast my own peppers. I usually freeze a few batches, but those are long gone. If you want to sub fresh stuff, please do!
At the end of the recipe, I will show you pictures of the brands I use for the canned stuff. These are just my personal preference. But I do think that if you use quality ingredients, there's no way you can go wrong!
I'm sure I could adjust this recipe to make large batches and can it or freeze it. But we go through a lot of this, and it only takes 3 minutes to make a fresh batch in the blender, so I don't bother.
Chuck these things in a blender and buzz it up!
1 can tomatoes (diced, fire roasted, whole, doesn't matter) mine was a normal sized can
1 small can green chiles (I use Hatch brand, but anything will do- fresh roasted is so much better, though)
One chipotle pepper in adobo (I seem to always have the leftovers from an open can of these in the icebox. This is a great way to use them up- add more if you want noticeable heat. I was taking this to a meeting, so I didn't want it spicy)
Juice of one lime (any citrus will do- I tried it with an orange once and it was great!)
A quarter of one smallish white onion (you can use anything- red onion, scallion, whatever)
A big handful of cilantro, including stems (no need to chop)
A generous pinch of salt (taste the final product- you may want more)
A squirt of agave syrup or honey
I store mine in a mason jar in the icebox. It lasts around my house for about a week (unless I take it to a meeting- then I usually either make a double batch, or make more the next day).