You have probably guessed a theme on this website….I hardly buy anything ready made. Most things are cheaper to make yourself, they don’t even take that long and they taste so much better. It goes without saying that it is healthier too. This definitely goes for salsa. We get through so much of this stuff in our house (not only do we eat Mexican food a lot, we just put it on everything), so we can’t afford to keep buying it. Instead, I make up a big batch of it and keep it in the fridge, it lasts a couple of days. You can add leftovers to chicken salad, top a burger with it, or use it as a healthy dip with crudités.
Most shop bought salsa contains sugar and a lot of salt. The salt is obviously there to preserve it, and to give it flavour and the sugar obviously gives it a sweet taste. But, I honestly think it tastes just as good without it and it saves calories too.
You can also up the chilli if you want it spicier, or not add as much if you hate spice. This recipe here is actually pretty mild, but experiment with chilli amounts until you get it how you like it.
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 3 tbsp chopped coriander
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 tsp diced chipotle chilli (I really recommend you try and find this, as it gives the salsa a nice smokey taste, but you could just use ordinary chilli powder if you can’t find it. I haven’t come across it in any of the big supermarkets, but I found it in a independent health store)
- 1/2 tsp cumin
1) Gently fry the onions in fry-light until softened
2) Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and cover and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes until liquid has reduced and it is a chunky salsa consistency
3) Leave to cool and serve