Tomato Salsa


Forget to buy salsa on your way home? Make it from scratch. With a food processor, it takes no time at all. SAM

4 large fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and quartered
1/2 medium sweet onion, peeled and quartered
1/2 large green bell pepper, trimmed, seeded and quartered
4 pickled jalapeño peppers, halved
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Tortilla chips
Sour Cream

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine the tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, jalapeño peppers, cilantro, olive oil, and lime juice. Pulse 6 or 8 times until salsa is mixed and roughly chopped. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream.
Makes 4 to 5 cups.


5 Responses to Tomato Salsa

  1. lakshmi says:

    Emily, thanks a ton for this recipe.

    I made quesadillas last weekend – made everything from flour tortillas to salsa sauce. the sauce came out quite well, but dint really have the right mexican flavours. will try your measures of veggies, spices and herbs soon and let you know how it turns out.

    do we not need to steam veggies before we grind in a processor? or may be simmer after we have made the paste? i am wondering if this might have a very raw taste.

    btw, would the chalupas that they make at taco bell have something of “butter naan” base that is fried rather than toasted? I can only rely on my husband’s description because I haven’t really been to taco’s. let me know if you have any ideas on how to replicate this.

  2. saju says:

    nice easy recipe, it will come in handy this weekend!

    ‘Glad you like it. Let me know how it turns out.

  3. rockyroadoflove says:

    Hi Lakshmi,

    You must be a great cook to make tortillas from scratch. Rather than trying to duplicate the Mexican spices, why don’t you flavor yours with your wonderful Indian peppers and powders? You’d probably find Mexican seasonings milder than what you usually cook with.

    I’ve never been to a Taco Bell either but I think they fry their tacos and tortillas in oil or butter-flavored oil. There’s probably a ‘Taco Bell’ recipe somewhere on the Web.

    As for raw versus cooked vegetables, I, too, prefer bell pepper and onion cooked. But most people like raw aromatics in salsa. Steaming or even blanching them—dipping them quickly into boiling water—would work just as well as grinding them raw.


  4. Poonam says:

    Thats a great quick and easy recipe!

    Yes, it’s very easy and very refreshing on a hot day.

  5. Hi emily,

    Salsa recipe is great.

    Indians are experts in indianising every thing. We are famous for talking English with indian accent . And so many Indian language wirds appear as english words in the dictionary.:D

    All the ingredients you have mentioned are easily available here. So I can go ahead and prepare this.

    Hi Latha,

    I love word origins. What are some Indian words used in English? Is ‘shampoo’ Hindi?

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