Lately I’ve been craving salsa, and normally, am content with just buying the fresh stuff in the produce section of the grocery store in the little plastic container. But I dunno… I’m stubborn, and independent, and I wanted to make my own. So I do what any normal foodie does, I Google. The most popular recipes I came across on the web, for “restaurant style salsa” involve canned tomatoes.
Despite my skepticism, I made them. I made them ALL. And they were all awful. Who really enjoys the aluminum acidity from raw canned tomatoes? Am I missing out on something? I remember trying to eat pennies when I was a kid… brought me right back to the good ol’ days. But that’s not really what I want in my salsa, ever.
So I decided to just screw around in the kitchen, and came up with my own version. You’re going to see a strange ingredient in there: Louisiana hot sauce. Don’t be afraid. It’s only a squirt or two, and if you’re gonna be such a brat about it, you can just omit it all together.
On top of red salsa, I wanted to make some salsa verde. The only time I ever bought salsa verde, I almost threw up. The jarred stuff from the grocery store was terrible, gelatinous, and slimy. I vowed forever more to only eat salsa verde from Mexican restaurants only, because they know what they’re doing! But then, I became curious, and wanted to make my own. Cooks Illustrated never disappoints, so that recipe is entirely from them (with a few tweaks here and there from me.).
And finally, there’s something satisfying about making your own tortilla chips. My roommate tends to buy things in large quantities, so we have A LOT of corn tortillas… and, I borrowed a few…
A note to make: I’m “lime heavy.” I love lots of lime juice, in everything and anything that requires lime: drinks, desserts, and salsas. So I’ve left the specific amount of lime juice up to you. Because if you saw the amount I used, you might be scared.
Oooh! And today is Cinco de Mayo! Unfortunately, the history tends to get lost in tortillas and tequilas, so please do read up on it, and celebrate accordingly!