Random Ramblings: HOMEMADE SALSA

Sunday, May 18, 2014

HOMEMADE SALSA

I try not to share too many food posts all at the same time, but the other day I was craving some chips and salsa so I wanted to share it with you as well.
It is such a good recipe.  It is just the right amount of heat that it isn't too hot and not too mild either.  I can handle a little heat in my salsa but not so hot it burns my lips off.  

I got this salsa recipe from a lady I used to work with many many years ago.
It has evolved over the years because I had it written down and over the years have misplaced it and could never remember exactly what the recipe called for and the amounts.
So I have made it since then just guessing at what it called for and it has turned out pretty good.  But then I would never write down what I did and forget again for the next time.
So this time I was really craving some homemade salsa and guess what I actually wrote down how I did it.  Which I sure am glad because I think this is one of the best versions I have come up with so far.
So do I still call it a recipe I got from someone, or has it evolved so much that it is now my own?  Hmmm... just some food for thought I guess.  
Ok so now on to the salsa.  

HOMEMADE SALSA RECIPE 
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9 radishes
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
3 serrano peppers
1 yellow onion
5 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste 
5 TBS of lemon juice 
handful of cilantro
2 cans (10 oz.) diced tomatoes with chilies
2 cans (14.5oz.) diced tomatoes with onion and garlic
2 cans (4oz.) diced jalapenos (because Target didn't have any real ones-but it turns out just the same in the end) 

Chop everything and combine.  I have a salsa maker which chops everything super small.  I like my salsa with small chunks, but you can do big chunks, or however you like.  There is no real right or wrong way to make it.
Taste and see if you feel it needs more salt and pepper.
I usually stick it in the fridge and let it get really cold and then while it is in there the flavors can all mold together making it even better.
Enjoy with some chips.
Use as garnish over baked chicken, on top of an omelet.  However is your favorite way to eat salsa.  You can even jar some up and give them out to friends and family.

Let me know if you try it and if you make any tweeks to it too.  :)

~NICOLE

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