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Simple and Delicious Salsa, Two Ways

Ingredients

  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can tomatoes with chilis
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • 1 - 3 tsp chipotles in adobo (to taste, depending on how hot you like your salsa, Sambal Chili Paste is a great substitute if you have it!)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Cilantro

Instructions

For Chunky Salsa

  • Drain most the juice from the tomatoes in a colander over a bowl to reserve the juice.
  • Coarsely chop the onion and the jalapeno, removing the seeds and ribs (unless you like a super spicy salsa…then leaver them in) and place them in the bowl of a manual food process along with some cilantro leaves. Process them to a small dice and pour into a medium sized mixing bow. Or you can chop them all the old-fashioned way with a knife on a cutting board.
  • Add one can of the tomatoes, the chipotles, and salt to the manual food processor and chop to the desired consistency, depending on how chunky you like your salsa. Add to the mixing bowl and process the second can of tomatoes.  If you don’t have a manual food processor, just buy the petite diced tomatoes.
  • Combine all of the tomatoes and the veges together and stir, adding back in some of the reserved tomato juice if you would like a saucier salsa. Taste to see if you think it needs more salt or heat from the chipotles

For Smooth Salsa

  • Drain most the juice from the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes to the bowl of an electric food processor and pulse until tomatoes are fairly smooth.
  • Add the chopped onion, jalapeno, chipotles, cilantro and salt and pulse until you reach the desired consistency. Taste and add more salt or heat from the chipotles, if needed.

Notes

If you want to serve salsa both ways, just prepare the chunky salsa and add half of it to the food processor and pulse it until it's nice and smooth!
This salsa tastes much better after it has had time to chill in the fridge for several hours and allow all of the flavors to marry.
Cilantro is a very distinct flavor and many people don’t like it. Feel free to leave it out all together or add a lot…your preference!