I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of Mexican food. Sadly, here in the South, good Mexican food is hard to find. As a result, I tend to make it myself when I get a craving.
Today I would like to share my quick and easy recipe for salsa. It takes less than five minutes to whip up a batch and boy, is it good.
2 cans diced tomatoes
a handful of cilantro leaves
onion, cut in chunks
jalapeno, cut in chunks
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
salt, to taste
You will notice in the recipe that I didn't specify how much onion or jalapeno to use. The reason... I have found that their flavor varies greatly depending on the specific onion or jalapeno you are using.
When I made a batch last week, I ended up using 1 1/2 jalapenos, seeds included, because the ones I picked up from the store happened to be especially tame. The onion I used was ridiculously strong so I only used a tiny bit (maybe 1/4 c.). There have been times in the past where I have used a 1-inch piece of jalapeno and almost half an onion.
My advice is to start with a little and add more until you find the right balance.
To make the salsa, simply open the cans of tomatoes and dump them into a blender. Add a handful of cilantro, or more if desired. Again, use as much or little as you like. Add the onion, jalapeno, vinegar and salt. Put the top on your blender and process until all the big chunks are gone.
Grab yourself a chip and have a taste. Adjust the flavor by adding a little more jalapeno if it needs more heat, a little onion if it tastes too tomato-y or a little more salt if the flavor its too blah. It's just that easy.
Now go on and get out of here so you can whip up some salsa for yourself. Who knows, after one bite, you might even quit buying that stuff in a jar.