Did you know you can make your own salsa? I didn’t until last year when Sam prepared for a party by hijacking our blender and using it to make the most delicious salsa I’ve ever tasted. He uses fresh ingredients and gets to adjust it exactly to his taste so it has the perfect level of spiciness. If you make salsa this way, you’ll save money and gain pride in yourself. It’s so much more fun to bring homemade salsa to a party than to just show up with a jar from the store.
Sam has become fairly famous in our circle of friends for his salsa, but here’s a secret… He seriously just makes it up as he goes. It’s exciting to watch him just dump whatever he feels like into the blender and see what happens. Each batch he makes is different from the last, but they’re all delicious.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own salsa:
6-8 Roma tomatoes
1 white onion
1 bunch of cilantro
1-3 jalapeño peppers (depending on the level of spiciness you like)
Okay, ready? Let’s go!
Chop up all the veggies into small, manageable pieces. Sam has been known to toss whole tomatoes into the blender, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Make sure to chop the onion as finely as possible, unless you like chunky salsa.
Be very careful when handling jalapeños. When Sam first made this salsa, he forgot to wash his hands and paid dearly for it later when he tried to take out his contact lenses. I have never heard him scream like that. Also, add the jalapeños one at a time, and taste the salsa before each one. You can always add more if it isn’t spicy enough, but if you can’t eat your salsa without sobbing in pain then you’ve defeated the purpose. If you can’t handle jalapeños at all, leave them out for a tasty mild salsa.
Now for the fun part. Toss all the ingredients bit by bit into a blender. If you have a food processor, that would probably work even better, but we don’t have one so a blender does the trick just fine.
Don’t overload your blender! It will explode salsa all over your kitchen. Trust me.
Here’s what it should look like after a few minutes:
Keep blending! After a while, it should look more like this:
Yum! Now, grab a bag of tortilla chips and taste your salsa. Too much onion? Add more tomatoes. For this batch, Sam made a strong salsa with lots of onion. At this point you can add salt and lime juice to suit your taste.
Amazing! This batch was so spicy and strong, I loved it! It’s more orange than most salsas, but like I said, he didn’t use many tomatoes this time. The more tomatoes you use, the redder your salsa will be.
Now, share it with friends! This recipe is also great to put into mason jars for gifts. Just keep it refrigerated like any other salsa, and you’ll be good to go! ¡Buena suerte!