Fresh Salsa Mexicana

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So now that we have made a lovely guacamole, lets move on the the pinnacle of Mexican sauces…SALSA! There are literally thousands of variants on salsa…from simple to hugely complicated…but I usually prefer a delicious tomato based salsa prepared with simple and fresh ingredients which are…

300g (2cups) chopped red grape tomatoes
1 medium diced white onion
2-4 serrano peppers (depending on your tolerance for heat)
2 large garlic cloves minced
pinch of oregano (mexican or regular)
1/2 tsp of salt
45g (1/2cup) fresh cilantro/coriander chopped
The juice of half a lime

We are using grape tomatoes here because I find them to be the most consistent in ripe tomato flavour here in the UK year round…however if you are growing your own tomatoes or have a source of nice ripe red tomatoes…don’t hesitate to use them.

Dice tomatoes and onions as big or as small as your preference and add them to a medium sized bowl. Next add in your diced serranos…remove seeds and membrane if you would like a milder salsa or leave them if you like the kick! Make sure you wear gloves or wash your hands after handling chillies.
Add in the minced garlic, the oregano and the salt and stir well to incorporate.
Lastly chop your fresh cilantro and incorporate along with the juice from half a lime.

Salsa is always better if you let it sit and meld together for at least an hour before serving. Some people do this in the fridge although I think refrigerating tomatoes is an abomination…so the counter top is fine!  I hope that you’ve been tasting along the way…feel free to modify this to suit your taste. Mexican cooking is very family/region specific. Everyone has their own idea of what makes a great plate of food! The main goal is that it remains fresh and healthy and above all delicioso!

(don’t forget to play with this recipe by adding other ingredients! 1/2 cup chopped pineapple or peaches,  fresh or frozen corn kernels, or black beans! YUM!)

all photos used in this blog are sourced from flickr and licensed through Creative Commons. To find out more info about the photographer and enjoy more of their photos, please click on the picture itself and you will be taken to their flickr page! Enjoy!

CATEGORIES : cuisine, Mexican Mayhem Month, Recipes/ AUTHOR : Lo.

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American born Lobelia isn’t just your typical singer-songwriter. A multi-instrumentalist who worked as a studio musician for 10+ years, she has won multiple awards for her songwriting, has been featured in Billboard Magazine, and was one of the original Women of MP3.COM in the early days of the Internet. Now living in the UK after a 7 year stint in Montreal, she hosts several acclaimed songwriter nights at Tower of Song, Birmingham’s best small music venue. An advocate for sustainable touring, she travels the world performing at house concerts and small venues.