I love Mexican salsa because I can use it as a dip for my chips and as an ingredient for other dishes like casseroles, pork chops, and meatloaf. What I usually use is the jarred variety, but after trying some homemade Mexican salsa during a family dinner, I was amazed by its fresh taste. At that point, I tried to search for the best Mexican salsa recipe which can be superior to the jarred salsa that I usually buy in supermarkets.
You might notice that there are a lot of salsa recipes that you can find online. Would you believe that I have practically tried all the recipes just to search for the best tasting salsa that I can make at home?
This one recipe that I’m going to share is the easiest that I have tried, and it tastes fresh and delicious. So put your chef hat on and follow the instructions below.
What You’ll Need
This Mexican salsa recipe is adapted from this video, so you can go ahead and watch to get a good reference.
1. Prepare your ingredients
For this particular recipe, you need these ingredients:
For the onion, peel and chop roughly into pieces. Using the side surface of the knife, smash the garlic and discard the skin.
2. Roast the tomatoes and jalapeno
Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil, just as how it’s shown in this video
On an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet, lay the tomatoes and jalapeno in rows. Season them with salt and cumin and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. In a preheated oven of 375 degrees Fahrenheit, roast the tomatoes and jalapeno for about 55 minutes.
3. Add ingredients into a food processor
After the tomatoes and jalapeno are roasted, transfer them to the food processor. Follow with the onions, garlic, and cilantro. Before you squeeze the lime, roll it on a flat surface to squeeze as much juice as you can. If you opt to use a manual citrus squeezer, cut the lime in half and squeeze out the juice directly into the food processor.
4. Puree to desired consistency
As all the ingredients are added into the food processor or blender, cover and pulse four times. With a spoon, taste the mixture and season according to taste with salt, cumin, and white pepper. You may also add a bit of lime juice to make the taste more fresh and flavorful.
Cover again and puree until desired consistency. To have some texture, don’t puree the mixture too much.
5. Serve and enjoy
Transfer the finished salsa into a bowl or plate and serve it as a dip for your tortilla chips. You can also enjoy this fresh-tasting salsa in many main-course dishes, like ground beef casserole, pork chop steaks, and black bean soup.
Additional Tips for a Perfect Salsa
1. Finely chopped firm ingredients
Author and culinary arts teacher James Peterson suggests chopping the firm ingredients very finely. Several ingredients that you need to chop finely include chiles, garlic, and onions. For softer ingredients, like tomatoes, you can prepare them coarsely. If you want a chunky textured salsa, use a food processor, but if you want it smooth, use a blender.
2. Use your hand to dice the onion
If you don’t want the flavor of onions to overpower the taste of your salsa, All Recipes recommends dicing your onion by hand, that is to use a knife skillfully. When you toss the onion into the food processor, its juices will be released resulting in a stronger taste.
Try Some Mexican Salsa Today!
Have you enjoyed reading and following the steps in making this Mexican salsa recipe? Thanks for this recipe, I can now create my own and set myself free from my previous dependence on jarred salsa. Aside from fresh ingredients, remember to use a good food processor.or a high-speed blender.
If you have something to share, please don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section below. Don’t forget to share this wonderful salsa recipe with your family and friends.