Saturday, February 2, 2013

Restaurant Style Salsa

If you are still looking for something else to add to your spread for the big game day, look no further.  You will definitely be on the winning team if this salsa is around.  And believe me, it won't last long!

Considering that it's the middle of winter and there is not a ripe garden tomato in sight,this salsa is about as good as it gets.  The key is using good quality canned tomatoes, like Cento or San Marzano, that have a nice, ripe tomato flavor, then adding the fresh ingredients that are available.

If you like your salsa on the smoky side, this is delicious dressed up with a pinch or two of some smoked paprika or chipotle chile powder. 

Restaurant Style Salsa 
1 can (28 Ounce) good quality whole tomatoes with juice (like San Marzano or Cento)
2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies) 
1/4 cup chopped onion 
1 clove garlic, minced 
1 whole jalapeno, finely minced (or half if you don't like it too spicy)
1/4 tsp. sugar 
1/4 tsp.salt 
1/4 tsp. ground cumin 
1/2 cup cilantro
juice of 1 lime
pinch of smoked paprika or chipotle chile powder, if desired

Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor.(Note: This makes a large batch so if you don't have a large food processor, blend in batches then combine everything in a large bowl.)  Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you'd like. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.

SOURCE: Pioneer Woman

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