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you say tomato, i say salsa

August 25, 2010

summer love #1: salsa.

just like my pancakes-taste-better-on-saturdays theory i am also a firm believer in salsa tasting better 1. in the summer when all you want to eat are cool, non-cooked things and 2. at a mexican restaurant on a sunday after church (i also have a theory that milk tastes better out of tiny plastic kids cups…try it!).

here are some of my favorite salsa recipes lately (and a couple pico ones too…does anyone else dislike when restaurants confuse the two?? they are not the same…)

laura’s salsa

5-6 tomatoes/lots of cilantro/green pepper/little bit of onion/little bit of garlic/pinch of sugar/salt (to taste)/pepper/jalapeno (take out the stuff inside to make it milder)/squeeze of lemon

boil the tomatoes in water until the skins begin to spilt. while waiting on those, cut up your pepper, onion, jalapeno, and garlic and stick it all in a blender or food processor. add cilantro too. once tomatoes are ready, remove the skins and add to blender. add all the other ingredients and blend. it’s really best if you make it the night before so all the flavors can mix together. probably a general salsa rule.

pioneer woman’s salsa

1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes with juice/2 cans (10 oz) rotel/1/4 cup chopped onion/1 clove garlic, minced/1 whole jalapeno/1/4 tsp sugar/1/4 tsp salt/1/4 tsp ground cumin/1/2 cups cilantro (or more to taste)/juice of 1/2 lime

combine whole tomatoes, rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. pulse until you get the salsa consistency you like. test seasonings with chips. refrigerate for at least on hour.

check out her pico recipe too. and here’s a fruity one that is YUM.

also, you should definitely check out this blog, cup-a cup-a, that my friend julie hunt just started. she is creative, funny, charming, loving and all around awesome. you will love this blog, i guarantee. this post has a recipe for salsa and fish tacos inspired by a love for Baja Burrito, a local tex-mex place in nashville. i’m gonna be honest…if you’ve never been or if you’ve been and you’re not a fan (how the heck is that possible?!), i judge you a liiiiiittle bit….

oh baja, i miss you.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cara Maddox permalink
    August 27, 2010 6:08 pm

    I could and always will be able to “eat” (i really almost drink) salsa by the bowlful. I wonder if Botz. Mexican restaurants are like Moroccan mexican restaurants… I love salsa!

    • keelyhart permalink*
      August 27, 2010 9:20 pm

      in bots there are no mexican restaurants…none. i miss them!

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