My favorite salsa

I mentioned a few weeks ago how I am a queso snob, and finally managed to create white queso at home that tastes just as good as my favorite tex-mex restaurants.
But before I was a queso snob, I was a long time salsa snob.  Sure I have a jar or two of salsa around the house for cooking or adding into the crock pot, but rarely will you find me dipping my chips or celery into that.  Clearly the jarred stuff is just fine because there are about a million different varieties of it in the grocery store, but whenever the chips and dip craving hits, I have to have homemade.
My mom always made homemade pico de gallo. And even though I claimed to not like raw tomatoes growing up, I still somehow managed to choke down several tomatoes worth of pico.  I use the phrase “choke down” loosely.

Pico de Gallo
4 Roma tomatoes
1/2 red onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup cilantro
1 jalepeno or serrano pepper
1 lime juiced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Dash of cumin

In a food processor, pulse onion, garlic, cilantro, and jalepeno until finely diced.  Add to a medium sized bowl.  Next, pulse the tomatoes until they are small chunks. Add tomatoes to onion mixture.  Add in lime juice, salt, pepper, and cumin. Stir together and adjust seasonings to taste.

You can choose to chop everything by hand, or take the easy way out like I did, and use a food processor. If you do use the fp, just be careful to not over process it, unless you want a really runny pico. I prefer the pico to be chunky.

Pico is good on a variety of things. Obviously chips and veggies, but also omelets, salads, chicken, and fish. Try making your own. It is just so easy and the flavor is fantastic and so fresh. Once you’ve made the basic recipe, you can make a bunch of different varieties of it. Mango and Strawberry pico are two of my favorite twists on this recipe.

I’ve got some pretty fun things coming out of the oven this week including a Pesto Zucchini and Goat Cheese Gallete and a Nutella Smore Pizza.  I can’t wait to share the recipes with you! Hope you had a great Monday!

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