Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Teedo's Famous Salsa

Okay folks, we are T-minus 5 days and counting until Cinco De Mayo!  Are you excited?  I know I am!  I look for any excuse to enjoy a hefty dose of Mexican food; cheese dip, salsa, guacomole, pico, enchiladas, fajitas...I love it all and I think I could eat my weight in Mexican food every. single. day.  If you do need an excuse, which I don't, what better reason to enjoy Mexican food than on the ever so popular Cinco De Mayo?
Now that I've confessed I could eat twice my weight in dips and other foods, why not enable you to do the same thing?  No, I'm not trying to make myself feel better by giving you the means to do the same thing.  I promise.  I'm just trying to share a tasty recipe with you so that you can enjoy some refreshing salsa this Sunday...or any day for that matter! 
I have a weakness for salsa.  I love it.  I won't go into the specifics of how I prefer my salsa but if you are interested you can read about it here.  Now, for the most part all salsa is comprised of the same basic ingredients; tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers and cilantro.  There are plenty of other spices and ingredients that can be added to achieve the desired flavor and texutre, but they are all start with the same thing.  This salsa, however, differs from the traditional salsa just a bit.  The most significant difference is recipe is the addition of avocados.  Yes, avocados. 
Before reading this recipe the thought of adding avocados to salsa had never crossed my mind.  But Jenny's dad not only thought of it, but actually did it and let me tell ya, it's amazing.  This salsa is delicious, full of flavor and so simple and quick to make.  It's a matter of throwing all of the ingredients into a food processor, putting the lid on and pulsing until you achieve the desired consistency.  That's it! 
This salsa stores wonderfully in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, not that it lasts that long at my house!  We can't get our fill of this stuff; the fire roasted tomatoes add a terrific smokey flavor, the onion adds a slight kick, the cilantro adds a fresh, bright flavor, the lime adds a bit of tartness while also keeping the avocados from turning brown!  All of the flavors marry together wonderfully, providing a delicious and refreshing dip!  


Teedo's Famous Salsa
Ingredients:

1 (14.5oz) can fire-roasted tomatoes*
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
2 Avocados, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
1/2 White onion, roughly chopped
2 Cups fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1 Clove garlic, minced
Juice of half a lime
Kosh salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

*If you can't find fire-roasted, petite diced tomatoes are fine too.

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency is achieved.  Taste, adjust seasonings if needed.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Recipe source: slightly adapted from The Picky Palate Cookbook by Jenny Flake
For other delicious recipesbe sure to check out the Picky-Palate blog

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