Fresh: How To Make A Winter Salsa
I make salsa all the time in Summer, when tomatoes are plentiful, but Winter always struck me as a salsa-free season. I really love the taste of FRESH tomatoes, diced finely and tossed with red onion and herbs and some chilli. I like the colour and crunch and zing of the garden fresh variety. Yum.
I’ve recently discovered, however, that you can make an amazing (and really economical) salsa with canned tomatoes, if you mix it up with lots of fresh herbs and other crunchy greens. OMG. It takes minutes to make and you can do a huge batch and bottle it for later use (or just eat it all right now if you are having a party!)
This salsa is amazing with corn chips or on roasted potatoes or bbq meats or vegetables. It’s also great to make my awesome Mexican beef when you whip this salsa up. You just put about 500g of diced gravy beef in the slow cooker with 250g of salsa and cook for 6 hours on low. That’s it. How EASY!
Let’s make my salsa. It will change your salsa life. You will THANK me every time you chip and dip, I promise!
How To Make A Winter Salsa
2 440g cans of diced tomatoes (nice ones, not the super cheap ones)
1 bunch of spring onions, bottoms chopped off and cut to 4 inch (or about that!) lengths
1 bunch of coriander, washed VERY VERY well, roots trimmed off
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1 green chilli
juice of one lime
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar is good too!)
a few shakes of tabasco sauce (to taste)
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 tsp of sweet paprika
1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor, blitz the spring onions, garlic, coriander and chilli until super diced (but not so much that it turns into pesto!)
Now in a big bowl, mix the diced tomatoes (no need to drain!) with the just-processed green things.
Add the vinegar, tabasco, lime juice, sugar, cayenne pepper and paprika.
That’s it! Adjust the flavours to suit you. If you want it spicy add more tabasco. Season well with salt and pepper and spoon into sterile jars or into a big bowl to eat today!
Variations: add Jalapeños or oregano for an extra spicy flavour boost
Do you love salsa?! Do you want to make my Mexican Beef?!
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