Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style SalsaUsing this recipe, I once challenged a co-worker to a Cinco de Mayo Salsa Throwdown, Bobby Flay style. Steve was a formidable opponent, but I did win, although it was close.  I like a juicier salsa for dipping, so this fits the bill.  Grandchild #3 loves this so much, she says when she gets married, she doesn’t care if there’s cake–just salsa is good enough for her.  I sometimes like to dress it up with a ripe avocado.  This just takes it up a notch!  If you like your salsa spicy, do not seed the Jalapeno peppers, or try using a hotter pepper, like serranos.  I am a wimpy Mexican, so I use  Jalapenos in my salsa.  Raw onions are also not on my favorites list, so using green onions is an alternative to using raw white or yellow onions. This recipe is very versatile.  You can adjust the amounts of the ingredients to your liking.  In my opinion, the cumin and garlic salt are what make this so good.  Don’t scrimp on them!  This recipe uses 6 Roma tomatoes, or 1 large can whole tomatoes.  I have also made it with a variety of other tomatoes, but I prefer the Roma.

Restaurant Style Salsa
Recipe type: Salsa
Cuisine: Mexican
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This recipe is very adaptable. You can adjust the amounts of the ingredients to your liking. I probably addd 3 teaspoons of cumin, just because I love the flavor. Also, the garlic salt is just as important.
  • 6 Roma tomatoes (or 1 16-oz. can whole tomatoes)
  • 3 green onions (including the green)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-2 Jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin (or more)
  • ½ tsp. garlic salt
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 ripe avocado (optional)
  1. In a food processor, add 1 coarsely chopped tomato or if you are using canned tomatoes, add the juice from the can.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and spices. Pulse until everything has been chopped and blended. Now add the remaining tomatoes and pulse until just chopped to your liking. Pour into a bowl. Garnish with avocado, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.
  3. If you don't own a food processor or blender, just finely chop all of the ingredients together.