I have recently discovered my love for homemade salsa...and for making it!
You see, I recently received a manual food processor from this awesome parent, who also happens to be a Pampered Chef representative! I have seriously used it almost every single day. By just cutting a tomato in half and then fours, you can dice it into a salsa! I have used it for omelet filling too. It works really well!
My first salsa attempt was a little spicy because I added the whole recommended jalapeno, but yummy for my I-like-it-hot taste buds. (Did I ever tell you that I once signed a waiver to try a hot sauce and ended up burning my esophagus? True story!) I also made a delicious peach-mango salsa that was for the milder ones in the crowd.
The tomato salsa was a real crowd-pleaser, spiciness and all. Even the kiddos liked it. Now that I've learned how to make it hot, medium, or mild, I think it will be a little easier to keep everyone happy (and not panting!)
I started out following a recipe, but have since tweaked it to make it my own. Here it is!
PS: I don't really measure. Shhhh....don't tell my middle school home economics teacher!
3 average-sized tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic (I use the minced in a can and it is perfectly fine!)
1/2 a cup of fresh cilantro leaves (definitely go fresh on this one)
1/2 to 3/4 of a small onion
1/2 a jalapeno pepper (add more for spicy, less for mild. 1/2 is what I call medium)
a few shakes of salt (I told you I don't measure!!)
splash of lemon juice
If you have a handy-dandy food processor, throw all of that into the processor and go to town! If you don't, then I suggest you go here and buy one. You won't regret it! :) I guess you could do it in a blender, but the food processor I have is a whole lot easier and much less to clean. Even more difficult, I suppose you could hand-chop and mince all of this...no thanks!!
See the finished product?
Stored in a Lock and Lock container, of course! (These days, that's pretty much a given!) The pictures don't do it justice. It is yuuuuuummy!
***I received no compensation for this post. I just figured that you might like to get a yummy salsa recipe...and a nice food processor, if you're in the market!