how to create a mexican fiesta {in your mouth}

fresh salsathe basics
the recipe

Homemade Salsa
Makes… a lot
Total time: 10 min

a handful of cilantro leaves
1 large garlic clove, quartered
1/4 medium yellow onion, quartered
1/2 jalapeno, quartered
4 lbs plum tomatoes, quartered
1 Tbsp kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
the juice from 11/2 limes

Pulse first 4 ingredients in a food processor. Add tomatoes & process until well blended. Pour into a large bowl. Stir in salt, pepper, & lime juice. Taste & adjust seasonings… consider the salt level of the tortilla chips.

good to know

  • my hand twitches if the volume on the radio or tv isn’t set on even numbers so if you’re a scientist or something & need an exact measurement on the cilantro, a 1/4 cup will do it… i have small-ish hands
  • if your food processor isn’t mammoth like mine {remember, i like the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth} process in batches, but keep the order of the ingredients the same so the vegetables are finely chopped…you don’t want big hunks of jalapeno in your salsa
  • use any tomatoes you may have on hand…don’t feel locked in
  • don’t be alarmed by the amt of salt, remember you’re seasoning a ton of vegetables & you’re not going to hurt my feelings if you want to start w/ a tsp & build from there as I’m a doubting Thomas @ times, too… & P.S. they’re your taste buds not mine. But remember, if you substitute table salt, you’ll want to use less as there are more grains per tsp

most of the heat from jalapenos come from the seeds & membrane
{let’s table this}
mild
seeds & membrane removed
moderate
1/2 of the seeds & add the membrane
medium
all of the seeds & add the membrane
hot
add the entire jalapeno

who makes it possible

Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt

The flaky, imperfect grains stick to food well & allow you to control the level in the dish & I prefer this particular brand b/c you can pinch the grains @ a moments notice, just as things are getting hot & heavy in the kitchen… adding the right amt of seasoning needs to be a no brainer when you’re juggling several pots & pans over rings of fire

Henckels Utility Knife

Wanna know how to get under someone’s skin real good? Do it with this little baby kitchen fave which makes coring & slicing tomatoes effortless

{music to your ears}
“Smooth” Carlos Santana & Rob Thomas

{watch the video on YouTube … uploaded by turbo6shooter}

Be sweet.

About Rebecca

Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Southern College Football Fanatic * SEC Tailgate Strategist * Southern Recipe Writer... & Sometimes Novelist * Half-Hour Hostess * Media Personality * Houndstooth Hound Owner * Small Town Dreamer * Big Idea Doer * 3rd Generation Pimiento Cheese Fixer * Casserole Maker * Budweiser Drinker * Bourbon Cocktail Sipper * Peanut Butter Love Affair * Calorie Burner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer ...but doesn't care

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5 Responses to how to create a mexican fiesta {in your mouth}

  1. lindsey May 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    MY FAVORITE KNIFE EVER is the Henckels Utility – it is also on sale at sur la table (i think, could be w-s) right now. I recently bought my second one as many times between baby & adult meals- it is a two+ knife prep dinner time !

    • Rebecca May 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      I know! So, the editor over edited herself, b/c I had this point in there originally. I forgot to mention why it’s particularly “the bee’s knees” for this task…the design of the pointed tip.

  2. Cathy May 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Another great recipe! Thanks

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