New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and for some of us party animals- HA! that means attending parties or hosting a party. Every party I host, I have to have homemade salsa on the table. It is kind of expected by my friends and family by now. I love salsa and have several “go-to” recipes, but this one, this is my favorite (and a hand-me-down from my Mexican mother-in-law).
- 4-6 Roma tomatoes, cut into large chunks
- 1-3 jalapeno peppers (depending on you HOT you want it)
- 1/2 white onion, cut into large chunks
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro, rinsed
- 2 cloves of garlic
- salt and pepper
- cumin (optional)
- Put first 5 ingredients in a saucepan. Add water until tomatoes are almost covered (there is no exact science to this- sorry!). Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until tomatoes are tender/smushy. Add more water if too much water evaporates.
- Pour everything into a blender- add salt, pepper and a dash of cumin (optional). Blend!
- Boil all jalapeno peppers. If you like a milder taste, when it comes to blending, start with only 1/2 a pepper, then add 1/2 a pepper until you get to the desired “hot-ness”. Also, not all jalapeno peppers are created equal. Depending on how long they have been sitting at your grocery store or how they were grown, they may be very mild or they may be very spicy.
- Play around with this basic recipe. Sometimes I add more cilantro, some lime juice or additional garlic. It’s really up to you to make it the way YOU want it to taste.
- We put salsa on everything in our household- eggs, chicken, pot roast, rice, beans, soups, stews……you name it, we pour it over everything. If you are using it as an appetizer, you can serve it with Baked Tostitos, homemade tortilla chips (spray corn tortillas with olive oil, season with salt, bake in the oven), pita chips, or veggies.
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I’m a runner, on my way to becoming a marathoner. I am 42 years old and have found a peaceful acceptance of my body. Through running, I have discovered who I am, besides a mom to three kids and a wife to one. I truly enjoy sharing my love of fitness with others while empowering and motivating women to conquer their fear of the unknown. In my spare time, I manage the Run with the Sisterhood Facebook page, work here and there for Zooma Women’s Race Series, and work part-time at our local YMCA.