The previously posted Lupita’s Famous Salsa recipe is great if you have the skills, special touch, time and dedication, but this Salsa Especial es más fácil y rápido. (My attempt at Español. Translation: easier and faster!) Instead of taking the time to roast fresh tomatoes that can be watery depending on the season this recipe uses boxed/canned tomatoes to add a year-round consistently rich flavor and to cut down on hassle and prep time. Music to my ears.
You will have to play with the ratio of ingredients (specifically the serranos) depending on how much “kick” you can handle.
Salsa Especial Ingredients:
2 small cans of whole tomatoes (I have also used boxed chopped Pomi tomatoes. Start with 1½ boxes and keep some outside the blender in case you need to take the heat down a notch.)
1 teaspoon of garlic salt
1/3 to 1/2 of a yellow onion
4 to 5 Serrano peppers (Depends on their heat. I’d start with 2 or 3 and add more after you taste it – unless you’re a hot sauce hoss.)
1/2 cup or a handful of chopped cilantro leaves
- Add all ingredients together in blender.
- Blend for a few seconds.
- Add more Serrano peppers and garlic salt to taste.
- Serve with chips!
**Chip Note: I’m having a recent chip-romance with the Food Should Taste Good brand Sweet Potato chips. They have the texture of a normal tortilla chip, but have a salty, slightly sweet flavor that will make you want to do cartwheels! This is a must-buy at your next grocery store run.
Zach-o-meter: We are salsa fanatics (example: just polished off a bottle of medium Pace Picante in two days) and this Salsa Especial is our new favorite. Zach can’t get enough of it…or the Sweet Potato chips…and I don’t mind because the salsa is SO easy to make.
Salsa Especial will make your taste buds shout, “Arrrrrrriba!” in a matter of minutes. Less time + more flavor = recipe for success in my book.
Buena suerte on your salsadventure!