I don’t know about you, but I have a major love for chips and salsa, so I thought I would share with you my go to recipe for homemade salsa. Personally I am also a fan of chips and salsa with ranch dressing, and this recipe is great for that combo too! Now, I cannot take credit for it’s creation. I actually got this recipe from my good friends and to be honest, I am not 100% certain where they got the recipe from either.
One of the first times I made this recipe was on a trip with a large group of friends to Orcas Island for Memorial Day weekend. We had about 15 people in our group and we rented an amazing old farmhouse for all of us to stay in for the weekend. A couple of girls and I were responsible for a meal and we went with shredded chicken tacos with chips and salsa. Me being the Italian I am, was worried we wouldn’t have enough salsa, so I bought some extra cans of diced tomatoes and Rotel and what ended up happening was a very large serving bowl full of salsa. I am not talking like just an average large serving bowl, I am talking about one of those large plastic ones you see when you go to the salad bar that is filled with lettuce! Needless to say, we had a ton of salsa left over that people were taking home with them in containers.
One of the things I love about this salsa recipe is that it is super easy and is always a hit with people. Not only that, it makes a good quantity of salsa, it is inexpensive to make, and you can adjust the ratios of ingredients to suit your taste.
1 can of diced tomatoes (drained)
1 can of Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
1/2 white onion diced (or whatever style onion you prefer)
2 cloves of garlic diced or pressed (I tend to throw in some extra garlic since I love it so much)
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp lime juice
Handful of cilantro (for those that love it)
Salt to taste
*Honey or sugar to taste if you want to sweeten up the salsa a bit.
Open and drain the can of diced tomatoes (you can skip this step if you like your salsa a little juicier) and dump in blender. Add the can of Rotel to the blender as well.
Dice half an onion and mince both cloves of garlic and add to blender.
Add cumin, lime juice, and cilantro to blender.
Once ingredients are in the blender, make sure to put the lid on the blender before blending.
Blend until ingredients are well blended, but not turned into liquid.
Add salt to salsa to preferred taste. If the salsa is too bitter to your taste, you an add a touch of honey or sugar to cut the bitterness of the tomato.
*If you don’t have a blender, you can add the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and use an immersion blender instead.
Add your favorite tortilla chips, or use on tacos and burritos and enjoy!