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How to Make a Basic Salsa

Why pay a fortune for a little tub of salsa when you can make a tasty batch at home?


  • Step 1: Roast the tomatoes Cut tomatoes in half, lay them cut side down in single layers on baking sheets, and roast them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven to cool.
  • Step 2: Prepare the peppers Cut the peppers in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and the stems.
  • TIP: Wear gloves when cutting the peppers; they cause stinging if you handle the seeds and then touch your eyes or face.
  • Step 3: Blend tomatoes and peppers Pulse the cooled roasted tomatoes and half the peppers in a blender or food processor, taking care not to over-pulverize them.
  • Step 4: Add the rest of the peppers Add the rest of the peppers, blending them in a few pieces at a time. Only add as many peppers as you think you can handle.
  • Step 5: Transfer to saucepan Transfer the mixture to a large saucepan along with the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • TIP: Add a cup of cooked corn kernels if you like.
  • Step 6: Serve or chill Let the flavors develop for a few hours at room temperature; then serve or store in a covered container and refrigerate. Makes about four cups. It will stay good up to 10 days.
  • FACT: People who prefer salsa to any other condiment tend to be extroverts, according to a survey.

You Will Need

  • 9 medium tomatoes
  • washed and halved
  • 3 to 6 fresh jalapeno or serrano peppers
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • minced
  • 1/2 c. onion
  • finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. ground chili powder
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 c. cider vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooked corn kernels

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