There comes a time every summer when the tomatoes and the peppers are plentiful in the garden. That can mean only one thing…it’s time to make some fresh salsa! If you’ve never tried making salsa at home, you are missing out on one of the tastiest ways to consume fresh vegetables. Lucky for the culinary-challenged individuals, there really is no way to mess this one up. You can modify the ingredients based on what you love or based on what you have on hand. I don’t think I’ve ever made it the same way twice, but it’s been delicious every time! You can even “adjust the heat” to accomodate the spicy friends or those that prefer to play it safe with a mild version. I usually add the hot pepper last after I have reserved some mild salsa for the kids.
As I mentioned, I’ve never made this the same way twice, but one thing that stays consistent is that I always use some vareity of tomato, pepper, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. I’ve used romas, heirloom tomatoes and beefsteaks. I’ve used every shape and color of pepper imaginable.
Sometimes I add a tomatillo. In fact, adding the tomatillo has been such a hit, I started growing them this year in my Tower Garden. Sometimes I go heavy on the tomato, othertimes I get a little onion or pepper happy. Again, fear not…this is your salsa so make it how you like it! But here is a guideline/recipe to get you started.
- 2-3 large tomatoes, chopped
- Half a white or yellow onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tomatillo, chopped (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 hot peppers, chopped (optional)
- Half a bunch of cilantro, chopped
- Juice from half a lime
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl. Adjust the flavor to your liking and enjoy!
- Save any leftovers in a mason jar in the refrigerator.
- I use a hand chopper to chop the tomatoes, onion, peppers, tomatillo, garlic and cilantro.