I love getting my hands on fresh ingredients! When I am able to buy from our local farmer's market - that's even better! The kids and I now make a trip to our local farmer's market a weekly part of our regular grocery shopping. With all of the summer tomatoes and peppers I decided it was time for my daughter, Eva, and I to set apart an afternoon for some salsa making.
|One of my Farmer's Market finds! Look at those beauties!|
**Salsa can be serviced fresh or cooked down (as explained in the recipe) for canning or a more smokey robust taste.
-3 cups of chopped tomatoes (I use a mixture of Red and Yellow or whatever variety my farmer's market has available and on sale)
-1/2 large red onion
-1/2 red pepper
-1/2 green pepper
-1 fresh banana peppers
-1 jalapeño pepper with seeds (can use 2 if you want a hotter blend)
-2 TBLS chopped fresh cilantro
-2 cloves minced garlic
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon oregano
-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
-Juice of 1 Lime
1. Chop tomatoes, onion, and all of the peppers into bite-size chunks and toss into a large bowl.
2. Add chopped cilantro and garlic.
3. Season with the cumin, salt, oregano, and black pepper.
**If eating fresh, like Pico de Gallo, squeeze fresh lime over mixture and toss to incorporate all of the ingredients and refrigerate.
**If canning or wanting a more full-bodied flavor, complete steps 1-3, then cook salsa over medium low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until cooked through. After cooking squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the salsa and mix well. Can or refrigerate.