This salsa can be whipped up in a couple of minutes when people drop by unexpected or when you want a fairly healthy snack. Salsa usually means any type of sauce, but in English, it usually refers to the spicy, tomato based, hot sauces from Central America.
This recipe uses tinned tomatoes instead of fresh as they tend to have a stronger ‘tomatoey’ flavour. Look for the crushed variety instead of chopped or whole as they have less water, also check if they have salt in them as this will mean that you need to add less salt to the recipe.
- 1 tin of crushed tomatoes
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1 green jalapeno (remove the seeds and ribs for less heat or add more for extra heat)
- 1 bunch of fresh cilantro (leaf coriander)
- juice from 1 lime
- 2 tbls ground coriander
- salt and fresh ground pepper
Using a food processor first blend together the tomatoes, onions, lime juice, pepper and jalapeno. Next add the cilantro, ground coriander, salt and pepper and blend until just chopped. One of my favourite smells of all time is when I open up the food processor and get hit with the smell of the freshly chopped vegetables and cilantro.
The salsa is best with tortilla chips, especially Julio’s Tortilla Chips, if you can get them or with baked fish, chicken or bbq.