Saturday, August 14, 2010

Simple Salsa

I have been eating salsa since I was a young girl!  In my house we called it "chile" or "hot sauce."  It wasn't until I was older that I realized people were calling it salsa.  My family eats chile with just about everything, seriously.
I got this recipe from my dad.  He taught me this one so I am sharing it with you.  I added a couple things that my dad doesn't use, like cilantro and more garlic.  We like our chile spicy!  The good thing about this recipe is that you can adjust the spice level by the amount of jalapeños you use.  This is a simple, fresh salsa.

4 cups water
4-5 jalapeños, depending on how spicy you like it
2 14.5 oz. cans whole tomatoes (you might only use 1 depending on how spicy it is)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 medium white onion
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

In a medium sauce pan, boil water.
Add the jalapeños to the boiling water and reduce heat to medium.  Boil the jalapeños for about 30-35 minutes.  Take the jalapeños out of the water and let them sit on a plate to cool down.

Half the onion, then cut each half into thirds.  Place into a food processor.
Take the skin off the garlic cloves and put into the food processor.  Pulse a couple times to chop up the onion.

Cut the stems off the jalapeños and half each one.  If you want to reduce the heat you can take the seeds out. I usually leave the seeds.  Put the jalapeños into the food processor.
Add the whole tomatoes and the cilantro and blend until well blended.

At this point if it's too hot, add the tomato sauce.  Also you want to add the salt and blend again.


Ben Siegel said...

This salsa is ridiculously good on anything! I like it that it is super fresh, and you can taste all the delicious ingredients. For anyone who makes this recipe, definitely listen to what Juanita has to say about adjusting the heat. I like it spicy, but some may not be as into the heat, and J provides a good way to adjust that.

KJJ Houston said...

yay I can post now!!!!!!! YUMMM can you make a batch and bring it to the hotel for the sleepover??? We can have chips and salsa :)