If you are looking for a great-tasting, authentic homemade salsa, I think you have found it! I love making my own salsa and serve it at our family gathering whenever possible. It is always a hit. I also have plans to make other delicious recipes with this tasty salsa.
Here are the ingredients you will need to prepare your wonderful homemade salsa. First, I want to mention that you can substitute Cilantro or Celery if you do not like them as much. You will also find that beans or even a bean sprout can be used instead of a bean sauce. The idea is just to use something that adds a little zip to your salsa. For the base of your salsa, I recommend using a can of whole tomatoes. Tomatoes are very hearty in nature, so this makes a great base for your salsa.
Next, I would suggest using some fresh lime juice and cumin seed for the top of your salsa. You will also find that adding some chopped onions, Anaheim chili pepper, and garlic also helps to give your salsa a great kick start. You may want to take the seeds out of these items and grind them up to make them a little bit smaller. If you are not a natural blender, you can also mash these things up well.
Once you have your base salsa ready, you can start to add your various veggies and spices to it. Once you mix everything together, you will then want to let it simmer on low for about four to five minutes. Once it has finished simmering, you can then add your water and let your salsa sit to cool down a bit. You may want to stir it a bit before putting it in a container. You can also decide to add ice and put the container in the freezer to chill it even more.
If you are serving it as a dip, you may like to serve it with tortilla chips or some fresh guacamole. It goes great with both chicken and steak. If you are looking to keep it vegetarian, you can also substitute the cumin for black beans in order to make it easier on the non-vegetarian crowd. If you are in a hurry, though, just remember that cumin can burn very easily so be sure to keep a little extra on hand!
Before serving your minty salsa, it is imperative that you allow it to cool down completely. The longer it sits, the less cooling effect you will get. I usually place my minty salsa in the fridge and let it sit for about four hours, just enough to cool down a bit. You can also freeze it briefly to keep it nice and cold until you are ready to serve it to your guests. Just be sure not to put it in the refrigerator overnight, as it will become mushy. Otherwise, your guests will not be able to enjoy their dip, instead, they will be trying to open a jar of this yummy salsa in order to taste the wonderful goodness that is inside!
If you are not already a fan of cumin, chances are you won’t want to try minty salsa. Cumin is a spicy herb, and it has a strong odor, which can be unpleasant. However, if you are looking to give your salsa a fresh and tasty taste, adding a little bit of cumin will be well received! If you haven’t tried cumin before, I suggest you try it for yourself and see how you like it. This spicy herb adds a unique flavor to salsa that is difficult to reproduce from other herbs. Just remember that a little bit goes a long way when it comes to enhancing the taste of your salsa.
Before you leave the store with your homemade salsa, make sure that you have already tried the variety of flavors that are available. You may end up making more than one version of your favorite salsa, just to find that it is the perfect choice for any occasion. You may even decide to make minty salsa for every meal you eat so that you always have a delicious and flavorful salsa at hand. You may even decide to make it a part of your daily diet so that you never miss an opportunity to enjoy this healthy snack!