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When I began my quest to cut our expenses and make as many things as I could homemade, I knew that I had to find a good salsa recipe since we eat a lot of chips and salsa in this household! I came across this recipe and tweaked it a little for our taste. I had to make it milder than my hubby would have wanted, but he thought it was good.

You can make this recipe according to your taste as far as spice is concerned. It can also be made with fresh tomatoes or canned. I used 2 of the 14 1/2 ounce cans of organic diced tomatoes. For the peppers, I used 1/2 cup of diced green bell pepper and 1/2 can of diced green chilis. The only thing that I will change next time is I will omit the sugar that is optional. It made it a little sweeter than I had wanted.

Restaurant Style Salsa 

6-8 large roma tomatoes or 2 14 1/2 ounce cans diced tomatoes, drained.
2 small or 1 large onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 hot peppers
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp cumin, optional
Ground pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 Lime or Lemon

1. If using fresh tomatoes, add 1/2 inch of water to a skillet and heat over medium high heat. Core and halve the tomatoes and place then cut side up in the skillet. Let them simmer until the water evaporates and the tomatoes soften. Peel and discard the seeds.

2. Place tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro in to a blender container. Blend until smooth.

3. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Saute the onions and garlic in hot oil for 10 seconds. You don’t want to saute them long as the onions will get sweet.

4. Add the blended tomato mixture to the skillet with the onions and garlic. Add in salt, pepper, and cumin if desired. You can also add in some sugar if you like your salsa sweeter. Simmer over medium low heat for approximately 15 minutes or until the salsa is reduced and thick.

5. When the salsa is thick and reduced, you can add the juice of 1 lime or 1 lemon to cut some of the heat in the peppers.

6. Refrigerate the salsa to chill it. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

The original recipe for this salsa is Gloria’s Mexican Salsa.