A super quick post for a super quick salsa.
My friend Whitney has brought a delicious salsa to several of our church small group ‘get-togethers’ and I’ve been meaning to get the recipe from her for some time now. The recipe is from one of her close friends, Melissa, and she had said it was SOOOO easy when we raved about how yummy it was. Easy and yummy? YES, PLEASE! I like making salsa from fresh tomatoes too… but I needed a fast, go-to recipe that I could pretty much have on hand at a moment’s notice. This is it!
When my husband’s family decided on a ‘Mexican Theme’ for our January birthday celebration, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I needed something simple, quick, and EASY!! A quick text to Whitney and I had the recipe in hand.
I already had most of the ingredients so I was able to breeze in and out of the supermarket.
Actually, no. It was more like I wandered in and out. ‘Breeze’ just sounded more efficient and graceful. I have all the aftermath of a terrible cold so I’m coughing up… well, you know. And I’m sneezing and wiping my nose… tissues stuffed in my purse… every minute or two. So no. I would not have considered myself efficient. Or graceful.
At one point I went into a daze thinking about whether or not to spend the extra money on ‘San Marzano’ tomatoes (I’ve heard they’re better) or the off-brand tomatoes that were half the price. It should not have been such a difficult decision. But my mind felt cloudy and I stood there, staring at the cans. Five minutes went by. Seven minutes? Ten? I’m not sure. But I do know I had each of the cans in my cart at one point or another and then put them back. Finally I came to, realized this was ridiculous… “Just make a decision for goodness sakes!!!”… That was me talking to myself. Although I think a few people passing by me in the aisle were likely thinking the same thing.
I made it home with my purchases and set them on the counter with the ones I already had in my arsenal.
Aside from the ingredients… all you need is a food processor or a blender…. either will do the trick.
You start with a large onion. Just chop it up roughly to help your food processor out a bit.
Then toss in the leaves from one bunch of cilantro.
Next, a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes.
A 10-ounce can of Rotel.
Then garlic powder, crushed red chili flakes, and salt to taste. I started with 1 tsp of salt and that was PLENTY.
My food processor is not huge and it was filled to the brim. So just… beware. Hold the top down tight and blend away!
Taste the salsa and add whatever you think it needs! If you like more spice, add more crushed chili flakes or a fresh, diced jalapeño pepper. That should do the trick. Just add more spice SLOWLY so you don’t ruin the whole batch. I like my salsa cool and refreshing, with a spicy bite to follow. Too mild and it seems bland. Too spicy and that’s all I can taste.
Transfer the salsa to an airtight container and stick it in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to let all the flavors meld together.
A little closer perhaps…
Hope this last minute salsa recipe helps you for those last minute Super Bowl party needs! You may even already have all of the ingredients in your fridge/pantry!
Here’s the printable recipe.
Thank you again Whitney & Melissa!