A couple of years ago, I decided to try making salsa. I looked up a few recipes, realized they were all basically the same thing (tomatoes, onion, chili pepper, cilantro, salt, pepper), and decided to experiment a little bit. Neither one of us likes cilantro, so I just left that out. I've always used chipotles, and doubt that will change any time in the near future. I like using canned tomatoes, so I add a little bit of sugar to offset the canned taste. I've tried it both with and without cooking the onions, garlic, and tomatoes, but I like it much better with them cooked. This is a great party recipe (it makes about 5 cups of salsa) and very simple to make.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1-3 chipotle peppers, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 pinch sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, chipotle peppers, and 1/2 of the onion (reserve the rest for later). Saute for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the 28-ounce can of tomatoes and sugar and stir well. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10-15 minutes or until most of the liquid has cooked off.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Pour mixture into bowl of food processor and add uncooked onion. Pulse until well blended.
- Add salt and pepper, lime juice, and 15-ounce can of tomatoes. Pulse just enough to mix.
I like having the well blended base with some chunks from the second can of tomatoes. This salsa always gets rave reviews!