Fresh Salsa with Jalapeño and Cilantro

As you can tell by my last couple of posts, I’ve had more time to be in the kitchen in the last few days. Cooking is a creative outlet for me, as I don’t draw or paint or play a musical instrument, so it’s been a relief to be back in the kitchen. I’m always looking for new recipes using fresh, healthy foods that my family will eat and enjoy. Even my picky eaters will eat fresh salsa, so this is one of our stand-by recipes. I believe it was originally adapted from Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant-Style Salsa, but it’s been so long that I really can’t say for sure.

2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chiles
2 tablespoons diced jalapeño pepper (or 1 whole pepper, diced)
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespon sugar
1/2 tablespoon onion powder (or 1 onion, diced)
1/ tablespoon garlic powder (or 3 cloves garlic, diced)
At least a cup of fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
Sea salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

I make this salsa in my Ninja blender. I have also used a food processor. Use whatever you have. Once again, this is a dump and blend recipe. I put everything in there at once and blend away. Make it as chunky or as smooth as you like. I like mine a little chunkier, so I blend it less time, but my children like it smoother, and so I blend it longer for them. You can adjust the level of heat by leaving out the jalapeno or substituting a small can of green chiles.

Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips, or use it in your best mexican casserole. My guess is that your family will love it as much as our does. Ole, y’all!

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  1. You have got to try the xochitl brand tortilla chips, they are SO good. I found them at the piggly wiggly & publix:)

  2. I’ve been wanting to make my own salsa for years! Thank you for sharing this one at our Summer BBQ Bash! Nothing’s quite better than jalapenos and cilantro!

  3. I gotta try this!

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