Homemade Salsa

salsa2Many people have grown to love salsa almost as much as peanut butter. Just as peanut butter is added to practically everything, likewise is salsa.  Roast duck, scrambled eggs, steak, and the list goes on. Salsa is so incredibly easy to make, and you can customize fresh homemade salsa to befit your own individual palate. Another benefit is that if you choose to prepare salsa with high quality ingredients, you can promote good health.

The Roma is preferred because it is not as watery, however you can modify with whatever type that you prefer. The health benefits of eating varieties of peppers are that they contain the chemical capsaicin and vitamin C. The chemical compound of capsaicin is what causes the peppers to have the different variations of heat. The chemical compound capsaicin has been shown to help reduce developing certain types of cancer.

The rookie salsa maker should be careful when choosing the peppers while creating and developing their custom salsa in the beginning. Although the jalapeno pepper is the standard pepper used in making this delicious food, the rookie connoisseur has many other hot pepper options to choose from. There are habanero, chili, Anaheim and many other peppers with different levels of hotness. This is where careful scientific consideration comes into play. Many types of peppers are just too hot for the most part for many salsa connoisseurs. So make your pepper selection with great caution.

Remember you can always modify the hotness of your homemade salsa to suit your own delicate tastes. This is why you should experiment and substitute different types of peppers in salsa recipes to customize it just for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large red onion
  • 8 Roma tomatoes or 6 large tomatoes
  • 1 to 2 hot peppers (jalapeno) use seeds
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 avocados
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 orange mini bell peppers, use seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • pinch of white pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

 Directions:

You can to it the easy way and combine all the ingredients in a blender, or you can dice all of the items on a cutting board. Mix the diced peppers tomatoes, onions and avocados in a separate bowl.

Use another bowl stir well the cayenne pepper, olive oil, sea salt, white and black pepper, lemon or lime juice, cilantro and apple cider vinegar together. Pour this blend over the first bowl, and carefully mix evenly. Serve with organic blue corn tortilla chips.

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Photo Credit: Holly Yzquierdo

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