Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Some Sizzlin' Salsa....

Due to our crazy limbo schedule, we have been eating a little more casually here at the house.  Even though it's casual eating, I still like for some of these meals to be healthy.  I know when you hear the word "salsa", healthy doesn't automatically jump to mind.  But I have this recipe for homemade salsa and since it primarily uses fresh ingredients, it is relatively healthy.  The unhealthy part of this snack is all of the tortilla chips you eat with the salsa! :-)



I like making my own salsa because it can be as hot or as mild as I want it to be simply by adjusting the amount of jalapeno pepper added.

It's a pretty simple and straight forward recipe.  The only bizarre thing about it is that it looks and tastes different each time I make it.  Go figure!

SIZZLIN' SALSA
1 can petite diced tomatoes, almost completely drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped white onion
4 cloves minced garlic
1/2 chopped jalapeno, seeds and membrane removed*
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until the salsa becomes your desired consistency.  I prefer salsa less chunky, so I blend the ingredients for a bit.



*If you want your salsa sizzlin' hot, add some of the membrane and seeds from the jalapeno pepper.  Do this a little at a time and blend.  Then taste it to see how hot it is.  If you want it very mild, do not add any of the membrane or seeds.  Also, if you are allergic to jalapenos like I am, use gloves when handling the pepper.

I always add a little more salt, but never go over a teaspoon.



We love this salsa.  I can't eat very spicy foods, so I keep ours a little on the mild side.  But if you can take the heat, then by all means, make it sizzlin'!



I normally pair this salsa with a Quinoa and Black Bean recipe, but you can also use it on tilapia, tacos, eggs...anywhere you would normally add a little extra flavor.  This time, however, we paired it with Edward's Dang Quesadillas.  I'll show you those tomorrow!






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  1. Your salsa looks great and my hubby would really like it!

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    1. Thank you ma'am....it is really good and so easy to make!

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  2. Ok Yum! Salsa is one of my faves especially homemade. I will try this one. I do not like the heat so mild is good for me too. Fingers crossed for good news today.
    Kris

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    1. Thank so much Kris! I think you guys will really like it because it’s easy and you can adjust the heat! I sent you an email about the closing! Thank you again so much! You are just a sweetheart!!

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  3. love me some salsa! especially homemade.
    i also use it in omelets . . . YUM!
    it heats instantly. so when you fold over ... with some shredded cheddar ... oh good grief.
    the soul sings! XO♥

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    1. That's what my hubster does with it....he is in heaven with it! He puts salsa on anything that doesn't move...LOL! Hugs!!

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  4. I love homemade salsa!! And aren't tortilla chips advertised as 100% natural...or something like that? :-))
    Mary Alice

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    1. We eat tons of it….it’s just one of those wonderful little side dishes! You know, I think they are! :-)

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  5. We are salsa nuts, but of course you knew that living in Texas-great ingredients here. I know it is super tasty:)
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Salsa is a staple in Texas....something that you always have on hand and it is much better when it's homemade! Since the hubster was raised in Texas, he eats it on everything! Hugs!!

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  6. I love fresh homemade salsa, especially with lime and cilantro, your recipe looks fantastic!! We just about put Salsa on everything living here in the Southwest, and the hotter the better! I've read tortilla chips are gluten free, so they must be really good for you! ;) hugs, Christine

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    1. Thank you ma’am….sometimes it is more greenish in color if I add more cilantro (which I love) and sometimes it is more red, but either color, it is always delicious! We use it on so many things, especially the hubster! He likes it hot, but I have to have it mild! Hugs!!

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  7. We make a salsa similar to yours with red onion and no sugar. But for me, the cilantro is what makes it...it's my human version of catnip. Seriously, I love the stuff! And I say you're getting your vitamins, minerals, and fiber in this dish, so it's all good!

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    1. I will have to try it with the red onion. I was thinking I also might try it with a Vidalia sweet onion and leave out the sugar. The cilantro is definitely what makes this wonderful…and the cumin. We ate it all and then I had to make some more! :-)

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  8. I've never made salsa. I don't suppose you could come cook for me, could you. I am not at all creative in the kitchen.
    Brenda

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    1. Brenda, I would be happy to come cook for you!! :-)

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  9. I love salsa and always thought of it as healthy eating! It is really low in fat anyways! I have never made my own salsa....I cheat and buy picante! I couldn't use any of the jalapeno's but it sounds easy enough to try! Yeah, I have a thing for tortilla chips so that is dangerous!

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    1. I tell myself that if I buy the blue tortilla chips then it adds to the “healthy” factor. :-) I would think you could make this without the jalapenos and maybe use a sweet pepper or something. Or maybe a bell pepper to give it a little bit different flavor.

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  10. I have never made salsa at home. It looks yummy though. Maybe I'll just come by and we can eat it in your new home and I'll help you unpack! If only...

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    1. Kim, you just don't know how awesome that would be!! I would enjoy every minute of it!! :-)

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  11. Hi Benita! :)
    This looks amazing! Different from the salsa recipe I use, I will have to try yours! Can't wait to see your Quesadilla recipe too!
    But...where are the margaritas? ;)
    I hope your closing went through!!!
    Kimberley

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    1. Thank you so much Kimberley....it does taste wonderful. Just tweak it and make it your own! Our blender is packed in a box somewhere in the land of moving...LOL.

      The quesadillas post will be later this week, unfortunately. Closing was a total nightmare and I'm still so upset...it was just awful! My post today explains. I hope to be able to get the quesadillas up tomorrow or Friday.

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  12. looks and sounds great, and it is totally healthy... compared to what others eat... :)

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    1. Thank you so much and yes, it definitely is! :-) It helps me stay away from the tons of nachos I would rather be eating! LOL

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  13. Oh Baby!! I love salsa, my family loves salsa. I pinned your recipe. :-))

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    1. Thank you so much! :-) You will love this recipe and the great thing about it is that you can change up some of the ingredients for different flavors! Enjoy! :-)

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  14. I have never used the food processor to blend the salsa. Mine is typically chunky, but I'd love to try your recipe soon. it would make a great snack!

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    1. Sometimes I like it with a little bit of chunk, but primarily like it smooth. It’s such an easy recipe and so versatile. It is a great snack and has all good stuff in it….if you turn a blind eye to that little bit of sugar! ;-)

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  15. This looks so good. Can't wait to give it a try and it doesn't look like it will take a lot of time. Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites link party.

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    1. You are quite welcome! And you will like it. We eat tons of it...LOL

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