Tomatillo salsa

Ingredients

1 lb fresh green tomatillo
3 tbsp finely chopped sweet red onion
1 serrano chile, finely chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
sugar to taste (optional)
1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)

How to prepare

Husk the tomatillos and wash them under very hot water. Cool under cold running water, and puree in food processor or blender. Add the onions, serrano chile, cilantro, and lime juice. Add a touch of sugar if the tomatillos are too sour add a little olive oil if you wish.

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Pebre – chilean hot salsa

Ingredients

2 tbsp oil, olive
1 tbsp vinegar, wine, red
1/3 cup water
4 chiles, aji, seeded, stemmed and minced
2 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup onion, minced
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
1 tsp oregano, minced
Salt to taste

How to prepare

Combine the olive oil, vinegar and water in a bowl and beat with a whisk. Add remaining ingredients, mix well, and let stand for 2 hours to blend the flavors. Served with grilled or roasted meats substitute 1 jalapeno or 1 habanero chile if the aji chiles are unavailable. Yield: 2 cups.

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Pineapple salsa

Ingredients

20 oz crushed pineapple with juice, canned or fresh 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper 1/4 cup minced green bell pepper 1 tbsp minced green onion 2 tsp each minced cilantro and jalapeno 1 tsp grated lime zest optional: 1 cups peeled, seeded ripe tomato optional: olive oil, fresh lime juice

How to prepare

Drain 1/2 cups of juice from pineapple a reserve for other use. Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Spoon over chicken or fish or tacos or use as dip for chips. Makes about 2 cups, more if tomato is used.

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Roasted habanero salsa

Ingredients

1/4 cup virgin olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
6 ripe plum tomatoes, halved
salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste
2 habaneros, stems removed
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro

How to prepare

Combine 1 tbsp oil & garlic. Rub tomato halves with mixture. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Roast in 500f oven until slightly burnt. Allow to cool. Dice. Grill habaneros over medium hot fire until slightly charred, remove from fire peel, seed and mince. Combine tomatoes, peppers, oil, lime & cilantro. Mix well. Cover & refrigerate. Keeps 5-6 days.

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Salsa de aji – ecuador

Ingredients

2 lg tomatoes, seeded, chop fine
1 med onion, chopped fine
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
4 lg chiles, aji, seeds and stems removed
1/2 cup water
Salt to taste

How to prepare

Combine the tomatoes, onion and cilantro in a bowl. Place the chiles, water and 3 tbsp of the tomato, onion, cilantro mixture in a blender or processor and puree until smooth. Add the chile puree to the remaining mixture and mix well. Salt to taste. Variations – ecuadorians are very fond of adding beans to their salsa. The most popular beans are the lupini, which are lg white beans about the size of lima beans. Just add the cooked beans directly to the salsa. Or, add 1 tsp peanut butter with the chiles in the blender and follow the above recipe. Substitute yellow wax hot chiles or jalapenos if the aji chiles are not available. Yield: 2 cups.

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Cucumber papaya salsa

Ingredients

1 med cucumber, peeled and chopped into 1/4″ cubes
1 med papaya, peeled, seeded, and chopped into 1/4″ cubes
3/4 cups finely chopped fresh pineapple
2 tbsp chopped shallot

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 tbsp minced fresh mint
juice of medium lime
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

Combine ingredients, cover, and refrigerate at least 6 hours. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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Clear creek salsa

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 small onion, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped coarse
1 fresh ancho chile, seeded and minced

1 yellow bell pepper minced
4 oz can chopped green chiles
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp dried cilantro

How to prepare

Saut

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Salsa picante

Ingredients

4 medium-size ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeded
8 scallions, including some green part, minced
5 pickled jalapenos, minced
4 sprigs cilantro, minced
salt & pepper to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil

How to prepare

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until they form a thick sauce. Chill and serve. Makes about 1 1/2 cups

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Smoked chili salsa

Ingredients

1 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
2 cup boiling water
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp strong red wine or balsamic -vinegar or more to taste
2 tbsp brown sugar

How to prepare

Blend the chiles and water together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add the other ingredients and blend again. Taste and adjust the flavorings as desired. Serve salsa with beans, eggs or in soups. Makes 2 cups.

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