Homemade Simple Salsa

This extremely simple salsa recipe lets you whip up a large batch of fresh tasting salsa with a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now!

And because you are making it yourself, you can customize the 'heat' levels as low or as high as you desire. Throwing a party?  Use this recipe to create a salsa bar offering a variety of different dipping options.

1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon cilantro flakes (dried)
1/2 tablespoon garlic salt
{all of the above ingredients can be packaged to make a dried mix for storage and easy use later}
1 can of diced tomatoes with chilis (usually comes in a 10 oz sized can)
1 can of stewed or diced tomatoes (a 14-15 oz sized can)

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on a high speed long enough to make a sauce like consistency.  
  2. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 7 days. 
Use to dip with tortilla chips or accompany a Mexican dish.  Can also be used in recipes calling for canned or jarred salsa or hot sauce.

Tami's Tip:
The large variety of canned tomatoes offered in grocery stores makes it easy to change up this recipe.  Some options I've seen include:
A large variety of seasoned diced and stewed tomatoes.
    • Fire roasted diced tomatoes (adds a smokey flavor to the salsa)
    • Garlic and onion diced tomatoes (for the real garlic lovers)
    • Zesty jalapeno diced tomatoes (for the heat seekers!)
    • Mexican style stewed tomatoes (more of the flavor of Mexico)
Variations on the canned tomatoes with chilis
    • Mild (for those that are less adventurous in their dipping)
    • Hot (they use habanero chilis...bring on the heat!)
    • Lime and Cilantro (my personal favorite...adds a new layer of great flavor to the recipe)

Gifting Idea:
Make several batches of this dip and package them in sealed containers.  Attach a recipe for turning the mix into a salsa, and place these in a basket or chip bowl with the canned goods needed to make the final recipe.  Give an assortment of canned good options so the recipient can make a variety of different salsas. {see Tami's Tips above}  Adding a bag of gourmet brand tortilla chips makes this a perfect 'foodie' gift!

If pulling out the ingredients needed to make one recipe, 
I might as well make several more for later while I'm at it! 
 I LOVE having a stash of these in my pantry.  
Not just for dipping either. 
When a recipe calls for a jar of salsa or hot sauce...
I can whip this up quickly with canned tomatoes
I always have on hand.  
No need to add another item to the grocery list!
 My personal favorite variation on the recipe...
fire roasted diced tomatoes (l.o.v.e. that smokey flavor!)
lime and cilantro rotel (diced tomatoes with chilis) 
 The difference between regular diced tomatoes 
and fire roasted...the smokey colored skins!
 It's just this easy...
dump it all in the blender and hit the puree button!
Yes Please!

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