Lazy (wo)Man’s Salsa **repost from eatingelpaso**

Since Ken is home I’m eating more like crap again, because I have this celebratory mindset. This is NOT good because I just had a bowl of mint chip ice cream for lunch and I’ve gained 3-4 pounds since he got back.  Salsa might seem like junk food to some but for me it’s a way for me to eat at least sort of healthily but still have “instant” food. Instant food is my downfall; if prep time is longer than it takes to open the fridge then I’m putting whatever pre-cooked thing I can find into my mouth and call it a meal. American “cheese” slices, an old container of applesauce, and this trial-size box of honey-nut Cheerios I found in the back of the cabinet? Well sure! Only NO. So…salsa. 

This is lazy salsa because I’m not prepping everything myself, and am using some stuff from jars.  It’s OK, nobody has to know. It’ll just be between you and me. And these chips.

Ingredients

5-8 ripe tomatoes

1-2 tsp crushed garlic

1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash garlic seasoning

1/2 to 2 Tbs cumin

1/2 tsp ancho chili powder

1/4 to 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded

handful of cilantro

1 Tbs to 1/4 cup of lime juice

Salt to taste

Sometimes I do one where I add onion and fresh garlic and use a real lime (including the zest if I’m feeling fancy), but not today because–well, it’s salsa for lazy people. Plus I didn’t have limes or red onion.

I use a chopper to mix this stuff up. If you have a food processor then you’re good; if you don’t have either then you can dice this stuff by hand. No biggie. You’ll be happier if you wear gloves when you mince the peppers though.

Here’s the order I use, to make sure some of the more difficult-to-chop stuff gets mixed in well.

 

First I put a layer of quartered tomatoes in the chopper. Then I do a rough chop of the cilantro and put that in there (I use a lot because I love cilantro but I know a lot of people don’t; do what you like). Then I mince the garlic because I don’t think the chopper does a good job of it. I also mince the jalapenos (wearing gloves) because again, the chopper doesn’t do it to my satisfaction. Then I add the seasonings and the lime juice, and then I just add chopped tomatoes until it’s full. I buzz the first batch until it’s pretty smooth because it has the bits of stuff you don’t want chunky (garlic and cilantro).

Pour that into the container you’re using for your salsa-I use a pint container regardless of how much I’m making, because I like having room to mix it well.

Process the rest of the tomatoes to the consistency you like. I like mine relatively chunky but it’s hard to get that in my chopper. I usually end up with really smooth bits with some big hunks of tomato in it randomly, and that’s fine with me.  Pour everything into the same container and stir and then TASTE it. Do you need some salt? More acid? Less acid? Today I felt like I needed to mellow it out a little bit so I added a splash of balsamic vinegar and it’s really good.

 

I took this last one with my iPhone, using the AWESOME olloclip that Ken bought me as a late birthday present (he was in Afghanistan being mortared on my birthday). This is the macro lens. Isn’t it awesome?? I love this thing! Thanks honey!

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