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How can I Make Homemade Salsa?

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The ingredients for a basic homemade salsa include tomatoes, white onions, garlic, salt, lime juice or vinegar, hot sauce, cilantro and chili peppers. The sky is the limit for any other ingredients that you want to add. The important thing to remember is that all your ingredients should compliment one another. This does not mean they should be the same however, because great salsa has a balance of opposites such as sweet and sour, spicy and salty. It’s also great to have a variety of texture as well. If you are not sure what actually goes together experiment by creating little samples before you make a big batch so you don't end up wasting your ingredients.

The first step is to chop and dice all of the vegetables. Then decide if you want to keep them raw or roast them first. Both ways make for great salsa but the result is a very different taste. Just be sure not to over cook your veggies or you will have very mushy salsa.

If you find it easier than dicing, use a food processor. This will produce a saucier salsa but it will definitely save you a lot of time. Once you have all your prep work done begin to mix it all together, adding spices, herbs and lime juice sparingly in the beginning while tasting as you go to make sure you are getting the right balance and blend of flavors.

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Once you get the basics down don't be afraid to try other types of salsa such as those made of fruit. Mangoes, peaches, watermelon and strawberries are great for making sweet versions and really add a lot of interest to your dishes. Fruit salsa goes great with seafood and poultry dishes, as well as with desserts like fruit salsa banana splits.

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BoatHugger
Post 5

@carrotisland: I have one of those as well. I have made salsa several times and it seems to turn out better each time! You will need ¼ cup chopped onion, ¼ of a jalapeno pepper, ½ cup tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic, a few sprigs of cilantro, and salt or pepper to taste.

Put all of the ingredients in the blender. Use the cross blade. Give the mixer a few quick pulses. You don’t want to over mix or over process it. Repeat the pulsing until you get the consistency you like.

CarrotIsland
Post 4

I bought one of those Magic Bullet mixers and I saw on TV that you can make homemade salsa with it but I can't find the recipe for it. Any input?

dill1971
Post 3

@alex94: I’ve used this recipe several times and my family loves it. You need 6 tomatoes (diced), 1 onion (diced), ¼ cup Cilantro (chopped), 2 Serrano chiles (seeded and minced), 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and salt to taste.

Mix all of the ingredients together and chill. It is great with tortilla chips. I usually fix some guacamole dip to go with it.

alex94
Post 2

Does anyone have a recipe for Pico de Gallo?

motherteresa
Post 1

I like to add avocado too. It is good to refrigerate salsa for about one hour, so all of the flavors combine.

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