Restaurant-style Salsa

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Do you remember when you last tasted great salsa at a restaurant? That perfect blend of fresh, spicy flavor barely resembles the tasteless products on grocery store shelves. And the best part is, you can make delicious salsa at home!

Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce, and in Mexico literally hundreds of such sauces exist. In the United States, salsa is used primarily as a condiment and is served mainly with tortilla chips. Beginning in the early 1990’s, salsa outsold ketchup as the most popular condiment in America. What I love about salsa is how easy it is to customize for your taste and preference. It can vary from smooth to chunky, or from mild to spicy. There are so many different ingredients you can add – even fruits such as pineapple or mango, so experiment and have fun with the fresh flavors. You may never want to buy salsa from a jar again. I’ll show you how to easily impress your friends and family with freshly made salsa, and they don’t even need to know it’s nutritious.

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Restaurant-style Salsa
Vegetarian, Vegan, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free
Makes:   1-1/4  cups
Makes:   1-1/4  cups
  1. PLACE tomatoes and chili pepper in food processor or blender; process until slightly chunky.
  2. TRANSFER to medium bowl; stir in remaining ingredients. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. SERVE with tortilla chips.
Fresh Tips

Since I live in the Midwest and our fresh tomato season is two months long at best, I like to use good quality canned tomatoes, which are processed at the peak of ripeness and offer better flavor than most year-round grocery store tomatoes. If you prefer, substitute 3 seeded fresh tomatoes.

I recommend buying organic tortilla chips, and two of my favorites are Target’s Simply Balanced Organic Tortilla Chips and Trader Joe‘s Organic Corn Chips.

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