I know, I know, I’ve written many times lately about the awesome weather we’re having here in Minnesota, but I just can’t say enough about it. This past weekend we have truly entered patio season, and I am embracing it. Of course as the weather heats up, and the sun begins to shine, my tastes trend towards those of summer-tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic…basically, salsa!
To be honest, in today’s global world, we can find all of these ingredients in our supermarkets year round. Few would argue though, that they just taste better once the weather turns warm and the winter coats are safely packed away (hooray!).
There are a million recipes for salsa out there, but this is the one that I keep returning to. The original recipe is from Ree Drummond’s blog The Pioneer Woman, which is one of the first food blogs I ever followed. Her blog (and cookbooks) are hilarious, beautiful and so easy to follow-and when I was new to my culinary journey, reading her writing made me feel empowered to try new recipes. This particular recipe was the one that convinced me that it is always better to make your food from scratch-and in this case just as easy! With just a few simple ingredients you too, can have fresh summertime salsa-just in time for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!
- 1 28 ounce can of peeled tomatoes
- 2 10 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with chiles
- 1 cup rough chopped onion
- 1 large clove garlic
- 1 jalapeño (sliced and seeded for a mild salsa, leave seeds in for a spicier salsa)
- ¼ teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- 1 cup cilantro leaves, loosely packed (you can add more or less to taste-I happen to be a great fan of cilantro!)
- ¼ cup lime juice
- Throw onion, garlic and jalapeño into the bowl of a food processor (use 12 cup or larger as this recipe makes a large amount of salsa).
- Pulse 3-4 times until finely chopped
- Add tomatoes (both whole and diced). sugar, salt, and cumin.
- Pulse until your preferred texture (I prefer my salsa fairly smooth).
- Add cilantro and lime juice.
- Pulse 3-4 additional times until cilantro well distributed.
- Serve with chips and enjoy!