This is sooooo good. The wonderful woman who comes every other week to help me keep our little home cleaned told me how to make this salsa. THANKS, HILDA!!!!!! I’ve made it a number of times and it is EXCELLENT!!!! It rivals that that we can get in the Mexican food restaurants in our area. Each one adds their own special twist to it, so you can make this your own by adding and tweaking some of the ingredients. So have fun with it!
Fresh Homemade Salsa
Fresh, firm tomatoes (however many you want) I’ve been finding ones the size of my fist – so fresh and lovely – washed, top cut off
Fresh medium-sized jalapeños (at least 1/2 jalapeño for each tomato if you like medium) – washed, top cut off, and deseeded if you don’t like the heat the seeds add. BE CAREFUL handling these with bare hands as the oil from them can burn like crazy if you put your fingers somewhere that is likely to be sensitive to it, such as your eyes, nose, etc. (Wear some food handler gloves if you have them)
1 medium onion, cut up into chunks
2 cloves garlic – minced (or I use the jarred minced garlic you can get in the produce section)
salt and ground pepper
dash of cumin (if desired)
Pour a small amount of olive oil into a skillet and warm it up. Once the oil is warm, place the whole tomatoes and the jalapeños into the oil and cook them until they have a nice char on the outside skins. Don’t worry if you blacken them; it will be great. In fact, the more blackened they are, the better the flavor.
Once you have the ingredients at a nice char, remove them from the pan.
Put the tomatoes, jalapeños, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, and cumin (if using) into a food processor (or blender if you don’t have one) and process until smooth. Taste test it to see if you need to add more salt and/or pepper.
Pour into a container and refrigerate once you’re finished making it.
This stuff is great for dipping tortilla chips in, over eggs, mixing into guacamole, just about anywhere you can think of that salsa would be great in.
Fast and easy – and so much better than the stuff in the jars!!!!
You can add cilantro to this, whatever other changes you want. (I don’t use cilantro because I can’t take the flavor of it.)