Skip the store-bought canned salsa and go for something much better! Homemade and fresh salsas are a much better alternative to the preserved-tomatoes-in-a-can approach. They are also easy and simple to make.
Next time you’re having a party or just want a simple salsa to snack on, consider the five salsa recipes listed below. You can thank me later…
1. Corn and Tomato Salsa
If you’re short on time and need a quick and simple salsa recipe, a corn and tomato salsa is your best bet. As indicated by Martha Stewart, all this recipe calls for is thawed frozen corn, quartered grape tomatoes, vegetable oil, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper for added taste.
The ingredients can be mixed together in a matter of minutes and served with tortilla chips to hungry kids or a husband who decided to have his poker buddies over last minute. If you’re not a chips-and-salsa fan, this recipe is also great as a topping on tacos or burgers. Delish!
2. Salsa Fresca
The name says it all! This fresh salsa is a scrumptious option to serve with tortilla chips or alongside shrimp or grilled steak. While the ingredients list and prep time on this salsa is a little more extensive, the effort is totally worth it. Salsa fresca combines two roughly chopped tomatoes, one small diced white onion, one minced garlic clove, a tablespoon of lime juice, and a half of a cup of roughly chopped cilantro leaves.
Want an added kick? This recipe also calls for a minced jalapeño. Feel free to add it in or leave it out. Martha Stewart also recommends letting this salsa sit for about fifteen minutes prior to serving to ensure the flavors come together well.
3. Roasted Tomato Salsa
Never considered broiling your salsa ingredients before serving? Well here is the recipe to give it a try! This roasted tomato salsa is a combination of plum tomatoes, a large white onion, three jalapeño chilies, and two garlic cloves. Once you have cut the tomatoes onto half inch pieces and quartered the onion, place all four ingredients on a rimmed baking sheet and broil for about seven minutes.
The tomatoes and jalapeños should both be gently charred. One the baking sheet has cooled, peel the roasted garlic and combine all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Thick salsa not your thing? Add a little water as necessary to thin the consistency. Upon completion, you have a unique roasted tomato salsa that will draw recipe requests from friends and family alike.
4. Black Bean Salsa
Courtesy of Paula Deen, this black bean salsa recipe as featured on FoodNetwork is the perfect fiber-filled snack. Black beans, whole kernel corn, tomatoes, an avocado, a small onion, fresh cilantro leaves, lime juice, and red wine vinegar come together to make this delicious combination. Once the ingredients are mixed together, it is best to chill the mixture overnight for the best taste possible.
For added versatility, this salsa can also be paired with a grilled chicken breast. Plagued with hunger throughout the day? Try packing this wholesome snack in your lunch. The fiber-rich black beans will fill you up and get you through the rest of your shift.
5. Salsa Verde
If you’ve never tried green salsa for yourself, give this mouth-watering recipe a try. You’ll be glad you did! This recipe calls for eight ounces of husked and rinsed tomatillos that have been roughly chopped, fresh hot green chilies that have also been roughly chopped (such as two serranos or one jalapeno), a fourth of a cup of finely chopped onion, and five or six springs of fresh and roughly chopped cilantro.
The tomatillos, chilies, and cilantro should then be added to a blender with a fourth of a cup of water and then pureed. Next, add the onion to the mix and stir. You may also choose to season with salt. This salsa verde makes a great addition to any party or get together!
See, homemade salsas really can be easy to make. The varieties available also make them a great snack option for anytime of the day. Give one a try today!