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Tomatoes are coming in and that means it’s time to make some fresh salsa! Ready to head into the kitchen to make a real tasty treat? Put on some Latin music and let’s get started!

Ingredients

5 fresh tomatoes
2 jalapeno peppers
1 pasilla pepper
1 bunch of cilantro, wash well and chop
1 medium onion, chopped
3 limes, juiced
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Start with fresh tomatoes.

Start with home grown tomatoes

Slice the tomatoes and then cut into cubes. Place in a glass mixing bowl.

Tomatoes cubed and in a glass bowl

Cut the peppers from top to bottom and remove the seeds. I usually wear gloves when I do this as the oils from the peppers will burn if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Add to the tomatoes and stir to blend.

Tomatoes and the chopped peppers

Add the remaining ingredients. Let this sit in the refrigerator for a day or two before using. Stir this up occasionally. It will then look like this:

Salsa after sitting for a couple of days...

I use my salsa in other foods, like guacamole, burritos, quesadillas, soup, and I also use it with just plain tortilla chips. Want a good Spanish rice? Use a couple of spoonfuls in the water before cooking!

Have a great Thursday, and thank you for stopping by!

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As promised, I am posting a very easy salsa made with my heirloom tomatoes!

Salsa up close

Here are the tomatoes that I used:

The Heirloom Tomatoes

I discovered upon cutting open the three yellow tomatoes on the right that they are also the rainbow heirloom! The key to making salsa is getting it together days before you plan on using it. This lets the juices come out and the flavors have a chance to meld. Let’s jump in!

Ingredients
5 good size tomatoes
3 hot peppers – your choice depending on the heat you want – I used my banana peppers from my garden
1 onion
1 bunch of cilantro
2 limes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp crushed dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Chop up the tomatoes, peppers, onion and cilantro. Combine in a large glass mixing bowl. Do not us metal as the acid in the tomatoes will react with the metal! The squeeze in the limes getting as much juice as you can from them. Then add the remaining ingredients adjusting the salt and pepper to your liking! Stir the whole thing up, and let this sit in your refrigerator for a couple of days before using!

Ready to rest and meld

Stay tuned as I will be making a special dish with this salsa!

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Summer’s Salsa


The tomatoes are turning bright red and yellow. The peppers are elongating and ripe. It’s time to make salsa! Here is a salsa recipe that is easy to make, sassy and spicy!

Ingredients

5 fresh tomatoes
2 jalapeno peppers
1 pasilla pepper
1 bunch of cilantro, wash well and chop
1 medium onion, chopped
3 limes, juiced
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Start with fresh tomatoes.

Start with home grown tomatoes

Slice the tomatoes and then cut into cubes. Place in a glass mixing bowl.

Tomatoes cubed and in a glass bowl

Cut the peppers from top to bottom and remove the seeds. I usually wear gloves when I do this as the oils from the peppers will burn if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Add to the tomatoes and stir to blend.

Tomatoes and the chopped peppers

Add the remaining ingredients. Let this sit in the refrigerator for a day or two before using. Stir this up occasionally. It will then look like this:

Salsa after sitting for a couple of days...

I use my salsa in other foods, like guacamole, burritos, quesadillas, soup, and I also use it with just plain tortilla chips. Enjoy!

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Do you love carnitas? I sure do and we have not been able to get good carnitas here in the boonies. One of my friends from work told me that he was headed toward Sacramento to a Mexican market called La Esperanza. He told me that they had really good carnitas and would I like some. Twist my arm! He brought me back a sampling to try and told me that if I liked it, next time he would go down he would pick some more up for me. Boy was it good! I used the meat to make quesadillas! Another really good comfort food meal!

Ingredients
Carnitas
Cheddar Cheese
Flour tortillas
Medium hot salsa
Oil

Everything is ready to go!

Coarsely chop up the carnitas, grate the cheese and get out the salsa and tortillas. Heat a small amount of oil in a good size fry pan and just reheat up the carnitas.

Warm up the carnitas in a bit of oil

Set this aside. Clean the pan and then just rub with some oil. Heat it up over medium high heat. Place a tortilla into the pan to warm.

Warm up the flour tortilla

Turn it and then layer with the cheese, meat and then sprinkle on the salsa.

Layer the cheese, the meat and then cover with salsa

Cover with another tortilla and let the ingredients cook a bit and then turn.

Flip the quesadilla

Once the cheese has melted and all is piping hot, remove from the pan.  Cut into slices like a pizza and serve it up!

Cut and serve!

Serve this up with a really good beer and a side bowl of salsa!

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I love a good Spanish rice. I tried the boxed varieties and do not care for any of them. So, after a number of attempts in my kitchen I came up with the following recipe…

This recipe is for two servings.

Ingredients
1 cup of water
5 heaping spoonfuls of really good fresh salsa
Dash of cumin
1/2 cup of long grain rice

Salsa, cumin and water

Bring to a boil

Add the rice and stir to combine

Cover and turn the heat to low. Cook for 18 minutes. Do not remove the cover while cooking! When the timer goes off, stir the rice up and serve!

Rice is ready!

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Have a hankering for a really good burrito? How about one with carne asada? Here is a recipe that takes a bit of work, but the effort is definitely worth it!

Ingredients
Thin sliced skirt steak
Crushed chili peppers
Black pepper
Limes
Cooked rice
Guacamole
Salsa
Jalapeno refried beans
Grated cheddar cheese

In a non reactive pan lay out the slices of meat. Sprinkle with crushed chili’s and black pepper. Then squeeze the lime so that the meat gets covered by the juice.

Prepping the meat

Turn the meat and repeat. Let the meat sit out for about an hour.
While the meat is marinating, cook up your rice and to the water add a couple of hefty spoonfuls of salsa. When the rice is done, set aside. Heat up the refried beans and set aside. For the guacamole, you can use pre-made or take an avacado and mash it. Then add a bit of lemon juice and add a couple spoonfuls of salsa and blend.

Now, preheat your grill. Some recipes for carne asada recommend that you pan fry the meat, but there is nothing like the flavor of grilled meat. Cook the meat until just lightly browned.

Grilled carne asada

Let the meat cool down and then cut into small cubes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next prepare a couple of sheets of aluminum foil to wrap your burrito in.

Gather together the ingredients

Lay the flour tortilla on the foil. Layer in the center a couple of spoonfuls of rice, followed by a couple of spoonfuls of refried beans. Next place a good handful of meat over the beans, followed by a couple of spoonfuls of guacamole and then salsa. Top with a handful of cheese.

Before you fold...

Now fold the tortilla by taking the sides of the tortilla and fold to the center so the edges meet. Then fold one side of tortilla to the center where the two sides meet. Next roll the tortilla pulling in the edges so you have neat package. Wrap in the aluminum foil.

I don’t have one of those fancy steamers, so I bake the burrito to heat it up in the oven. Bake the burrito for 20 minutes and then turn and bake for another 20 minutes. When this is done, remove the foil and serve.

Es fin! Muy bueno!

Enjoy this with a really good ice cold beer!

P.S. Use the leftovers for a breakfast burrito!

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Turn up the salsa music while you prepare this fabulous salsa! This is easy to make, sassy and spicy!

Ingredients

5 fresh tomatoes

2 jalapeno peppers
1 pasilla pepper
1 bunch of cilantro, wash well and chop
1 medium onion, chopped
3 limes, juiced
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Start with fresh tomatoes.

Start with home grown tomatoes

Slice the tomatoes and then cut into cubes. Place in a glass mixing bowl.

Tomatoes cubed and in a glass bowl

Cut the peppers from top to bottom and remove the seeds. I usually wear gloves when I do this as the oils from the peppers will burn if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Add to the tomatoes and stir to blend.

Tomatoes and the chopped peppers

Add the remaining ingredients. Let this sit in the refrigerator for a day or two before using. Stir this up occasionally. It will then look like this:

Salsa after sitting for a couple of days...

I use my salsa in other foods, like guacamole, burritos, quesadillas, soup, and I also use it with just plain tortilla chips. Enjoy!

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