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On a recent trip to Mexico I was inspired to launch a recipe section here on FSTS, and am kicking it off with a healthy salsa recipe known in Mexico as salsa fresco or pico de gallo. I just love to cook, and it’s so important to eat healthy, fresh food, and avoid the processed junk. When we returned from our trip, I was reading about why mexican food is so good, (so true, if you’re wondering) it inspired me to share this easy healthy Mexican salsa recipe! It’s the height of the tomato season here in Kentucky and we make fresh tomato salsa weekly with our own homegrown heirloom tomatoes and jalapeños from our garden.
I’m about to blow your mind. This garden salsa takes 15 minutes to make. A giant bowl of fresh salsa goodness that lasts us, well… only a few days. We’re salsa addicts around here.
You’ll need a food processor for this one, otherwise you can throw the fifteen minutes bit out the window. Don’t have one? You just might be in luck! Yahoo is sponsoring a giveaway for the launch of my recipe section! One lucky guy or gal will be sent a fabulous, shiny Cuisinart Food Processor (a value of $325)!! It’s simply gorgeous, even better than the one I have (maybe I’ll swap them… you won’t mind – will you?). You can sign up at the end of the post.
Enough chit chat, let’s get to the good stuff. Sweet summer tomatoes…
Gather all of your ingredients: tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, ground cumin, onion, garlic and salt. The hard part’s practically over.
Cut off the onion bottom/top and quarter it. Toss it into the food processor. Pulse about 20 times, grab a big huge bowl and toss the chopped onion in there.
Cut the jalapeños in half and remove the top. Be careful here, either grab a pair of gloves or DO NOT TOUCH YOUR EYES (like I may have done at one point or another). Remove the seeds if you don’t like it hot (I leave ’em). Toss into the food processor. Peel the garlic cloves and toss them in too.
Grab about 1/3 of the bunch of cilantro, lay it on the cutting board and with one solid chop, remove the stems.
Give the whole lot a whirl twenty times. Throw them into the bowl with the onion. We’re almost there.
Roughly quarter the tomatoes (depending on the size). Remove seeds. Throw them into the food processor.
Here is the most important part: you must do small batches of the tomatoes. Otherwise, you end up with giant oddly sized chunks of tomatoes in your salsa and we just can’t have that. I fill mine up about halfway. Pulse 20 times. Repeat about 3 times until you’ve gotten through the tomatoes.
You guessed it, into the bowl they go.
Add the cumin and salt and stir. That’s it! Easy fresh tomato salsa! Grab some tortilla chips and enjoy!
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Recipe for Fresh Tomato Salsa:
Makes 2 quarts
1 small onion, preferably red but white will do
1/4 cup cilantro, packed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic
6 fresh tomatoes
Quarter the onion and toss it into a food processor. Pulse about 20 times, and set aside in a large bowl
Halve the jalapeños. Remove the seeds if you don’t like it hot and toss into the food processor.
Peel the garlic cloves and toss them into the food processor, along with the cilantro (stems removed)
Pulse the jalapeños, cilantro and garlic 20-30 times and set aside in the bowl with the onion.
Roughly quarter the tomatoes (depending on the size) and remove seeds. Only place enough tomatoes in the food processor to fill it halfway. Pulse 20 times and place in bowl with onions, etc. Repeat until you’ve gotten through the tomatoes.
Add the cumin and salt and mix. That’s it! Easy fresh tomato salsa! Grab some tortilla chips and enjoy! Note: if you like a thicker salsa, simply strain the entire mixture at the end until you get your desired consistency.
Do you make your own fresh tomato salsa?
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