Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Restaraunt Style Salsa

So, Jared and I are total salsa snobs. Water snobs, too, but that's another story. We're really, really picky about our salsa and will only eat about 2 varieties. And they're both the fresh variety sold in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. We HATE canned salsa. I hate tasting vinegar in my salsa and I really detest large soggy chunks of tomato. So there you have it. Our salsa snobbery on display for the whole blogosphere to see. We should probably be ashamed of ourselves, but we simply can't help it. Salsa is important stuff.

Imagine my total delight, thrill, ecstasy, and joy when I found this post on Pioneer Woman. I already loved her, but now it seems we're destined to be BFF's! Or at least salsa buddies. All of her pre-requisites for salsa, like lots of cilantro, no vinegar, and no big chunks are identical to mine. So I was super excited to try out her insanely easy salsa recipe and even more excited to discover that I LOVED it. I mean really, really excited. I think I told Jared no less than 5 times yesterday that I was in love with this salsa. Luckily, he loves it, too.

It's easy, cheap and tastes a million times better than anything you'll buy in the store. Plus, it makes a lot. Keep it in the fridge for as long as it lasts... I'm not sure how long that is, seeing as how mine probably won't last through the weekend.

A couple notes: I actually only gave a rough chop to all these ingredients, since I knew I'd be using my food processor to make it. Once I pulsed it, my ingredients were finely chopped. So don't worry about chopping your stuff too finely if you'll be pulsing it a lot. Also, word to the wise... Pioneer Woman lied! She said it wasn't too spicy, but I found that 1 whole jalapeno made this plenty spicy. Jared thought it was perfect... it was almost too spicy for me. If you don't like too much heat in your salsa, consider just using 1/2 a jalapeno.

1 can (28 oz.) Whole tomatoes, with juice (I actually used regular diced tomatoes with juice here... worked fine)
2 cans (1o oz.) Rotel tomatoes (Diced tomatoes and green chilies)
1/4 cups chopped onion (I used about 1/2 a medium sized onion)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 whole jalapeno, chopped
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt (I used closer to 1/2 tsp.)
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup cilantro (or more to taste--we ended up using about 1 cup)
Juice from 1/2 lime

Combine everything in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to your desired consistency. Pioneer Woman recommends 10-15 pulses. I probably did more than that. Test your seasonings and adjust as needed. We added more cilantro, but we're cilantro freaks. Also, I have a small food processor and didn't feel like using my blender, so I did it in batches.

(One poster noted that the correct method for making salsa means pulsing the cilantro, onion, jalapeno, garlic and seasonings with the reserved tomato juice first. Then add the tomatoes and Rotel. In case you want to try it that way.)

If you can control yourself, refrigerate the salsa for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld. But be warned... the longer this stuff sits, the spicier it gets. Serve with chips.

1 comment:

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