Tasty Tuesday: 5 minute homemade salsa

I’m counting down to Cinco de Mayo and all the delicious Mexican food that holiday can involve at my house.  We always eat well when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo at our house. We’re also picking up speed as we move towards graduation…and this year I have TWO graduating.

So I’m looking for the quick and the easy when it comes to recipes. I can throw this salsa together in about 5 minutes and it’s a tasty homemade alternative to buying salsa. Add in an avocado and you can expand the scope of this recipe to get another type of salsa altogether!

Mash avocado and add this 5 minute salsa  to make a tasty Cinco de Mayo treat

Quick Homemade Salsa

  • 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes (you can use fresh tomatoes if you roast them first)
  • 4-6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/4 c. cilantro
  • 1/4 medium white onion
  • 10-15 toasted arbol chilis
  • Salt to taste
Roasted garlic for quick salsaDried arbol chilis for roastingFire-roasted diced tomatoes in a can give this quick salsa it's flavor

Toast the chilis by placing them in a dry cast iron skillet. Flip them over with tongs. Don’t burn them, and they WILL burn easily. You want the skin to just start to blister.

Roasted arbol chilis give this quick homemade salsa its heatRoasted arbol chilis give this quick homemade salsa its heat

Use your blender or your food processor to make this salsa.

Open the can of fire-roasted tomatoes and dump it into the blender. (You CAN roast your own tomatoes by putting some fresh tomatoes in a shallow baking dish and broiling them until the edges start getting just a little bit black.)

A can of fire-roasted tomatoes provides the base for this quick homemade salsa

Add the toasted chilis, garlic, and onion. Whir the blender or processor until the ingredients are as fine or coarse as you want them. Add the cilantro last. Add the salt last to your taste.

Blend the arbol chilis with the tomatoes for a quick homemade salsaAdd the roasted garlic cloves to this quick, easy salsaWhir all the ingredients of this quick salsa in a blender or food processor

Taste-test this salsa on a tortilla chip. Mmmmmmmm. It’s SO much better than a jar of store salsa!

Now to create yet another tasty item for your table, mash up an avocado. Pour about 1/2 c. of this salsa over the top of the avocado and stir. You can dip your tortilla chips into this too. DEEEEElicious!

Mash an avocado and add some salsa to make avocado salsaMash an avocado and add some salsa to make avocado salsa

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that using fresh tomatoes instead of canned ones make a much better salsa, but this recipe has a couple of things going for it. First, it’s easy to keep a stash of canned tomatoes in the cupboard for emergency hospitality situations. (Think about those 3 words: Emergency Hospitality Situation. Trust me. It happens.) Second, it’s an inexpensive appetizer. Even using canned tomatoes, this salsa tastes like fresh, homemade salsa.

Now, back to graduation plans….I noticed today in the Stickboy weekly newsletter that they’re taking orders for graduation cakes. Hmmmmm. THAT’s an idea for making life easier…in a delicious sort of way!

Add avocado to this 5 minute salsa to make a delicious appetizer


Barb, writing for My Sister’s Kitchen


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