Mar 22, 2011

Best Winter Salsa

I found a recipe for a quick winter salsa...and then changed it up a bit. You may be wondering "What is a winter salsa?"  A winter salsa is a salsa based on canned whole tomatoes instead of  fresh tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes in the grocery store right now taste fair. You can add some spices and roast them to make them taste better, but they never taste like they do during the month of August. Tomatoes in August  are vine-ripened and juicy. Wow...I can't wait for a summer tomato, but until then this salsa is incredible. In fact, this salsa might even become the new summer salsa as well. It was so easy and it makes a lot. Cale devoured it! He kept putting it on things..corn chips, eggs, rice?, green beans? He seemed to find something to put it on at each meal.

I used San Marzano tomatoes because I really like them AND I got them on sale! I've also used Muir Glen organic tomatoes. Use any brand of canned tomatoes that your family likes and doesn't taste "tinny" for lack of a better word. I hope you like this salsa as much as we did. 

Note: This salsa is more like a "restaurant style salsa" and not like pico de gallo.
Note2: Keep the ribs and seeds in the jalapeno for a spicier salsa. The one I made was mild. 

Winter Salsa

1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
1 can roasted green chiles (diced or whole)
1/4 medium yellow onion
1 garlic clove
2 jalapenos, ribs and seeds removed
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced

Place tomatoes, chiles, onion, garlic and jalapeno in a food processor or blender. Pulse until all ingredients are coarsely chopped. Next add spices, cilantro and lime juice. Continue pulsing until the salsa reaches your desired consistency.

Taste the salsa and adjust salt and spices as needed. Enjoy immediately or place in refrigerator for 1 hour for flavors to blend.

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