There isn’t a time of year when I am not making salsa. Whether it’s fresh salsa with juicy chunks of tomato and luscious flavor of lime tempering hot jalapeños or serrano peppers or dried ancho, guajillo or New Mexico Chiles in a type of mole sauce there is always a new batch in my fridge or freezer. This recipe is one of my all-time favorites that I’ve been making for over 20 years. It’s great on chicken, tacos, steak, rice or anything else you want salsa on.
Lucero’s Favorite Salsa
2 – 15 oz. cans of whole or diced tomatoes (make sure they are not stewed and do not have added sugar, green pepper or onion)
7 – chile bola peppers
3 – chile de arbol peppers
1 – jalapeño pepper
2 – garlic cloves
1/4 – small onion
1/2 – teaspoon salt
1/2 – tablespoon olive oil
In a dry non-stick skillet roast the dry chiles and the jalapeño pepper and the garlic cloves turning frequently, until the peppers are evenly roasted on all sides. This renders a sweeter, richer taste to the sauce. Add the peppers to a blender cup along with the onion, tomatoes and salt. Blend until smooth. Add olive oil to a pan on medium heat allow the oil to warm and pour the salsa into the pan. Fry the salsa til it is simmering evenly. Serve with your favorite food.
Share the Warmth
Don’t keep all this spicy goodness to yourself! With summer harvests not that far away we are going to have a bounty of tomatoes, peppers and other wonderful veggies and fodder for sauces at hand. Make this sauce in a large batch from garden fresh tomatoes and peppers for canning. Take the time to share this delectable salsa with friends and family in creative ways. Find attractive sauce bottles in plastic or glass and print your own special ‘private label’ salsa labels. Add a ribbon around the neck for some flare. This would be a great gift for house warmings, to give to the host of a backyard summer bbq or as party favors for your own spicy foods “Iron Chef” style party.
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