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! 🙂