April 28, 2012

Easiest Salsa Around {Blender Salsa}

This is my absolute FAVORITE salsa right now.  Ever since I first discovered it a few months ago, I have made a batch AT LEAST every other week, if not once a week - no lie.  It reminds me of salsa I have had at various restaurants.  I swear you will never buy store-bought salsa again. 
  • I love it plain with chips
  • I love it mixed with sour cream, cream cheese or Greek yogurt for a creamy dip 
  • I love it served over any kind of taco, burrito, quesadilla, enchiladas, etc . . .
  • I love it served over breakfast dishes.  Did you know that eggs and salsa taste great together?   
Since this EASY salsa uses canned tomatoes, you never have to worry about it tasting bad from un-ripened tomatoes and because you add fresh onions, cilantro and lime juice, it tastes like a fresh salsa.  All the ingredients are pureed together and it's not too spicy, so you can LOAD it on your chip, like me.

There are so many versions of this floating around the web, I combined a few and came up with the perfect version, according to my taste.

Now, I know salsa is like a chocolate chip cookie.  Every Single Person has their own opinion about how it should be.  That is what is so great about this recipe.  My version below is more of a mild version.  If you want it hotter, use original Rotel or add jalapenos.  If you want a few chunks, don't puree it as much, if you don't love cumin like I do, then add less.  You get the picture.  You really can do whatever you want with this recipe.  
EASIEST SALSA AROUND
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 (10 oz.) can mild Rotel, drained
1/4 med. onion
1 clove garlic, peeled 
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin, or to taste
big handful on cilantro
juice of 1/2 lime

*Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chiles) is pretty spicy on its own (even the mild one), so depending on how spicy you want it, you can add 1/2 - 1 jalapeno.  I never add a jalapeno, but I add a small sprinkle of cayenne.

Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender and process until it reaches desired consistency.  Taste and adjust as needed.  Store in mason jars in the refrigerator.  Makes enough to almost fill two 16 oz. mason jars.  (I use a food processor and I don't chop anything before hand, but if you are using a blender, you might want to roughly chop the onion and garlic to help it blend better).  

25 comments:

  1. Yum! Will have to try this, looks delicious!

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  2. I just love all your recipes! Each time I read one, I scroll down to comment and then everything on the way down catches my eye and I forget the witty and complimentary thing I was going to say!

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    1. Ha Ha - Thank you so much! - Jenn

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  3. Ditto to the comment above for me too!

    But yes, I DO know how great salsa tastes on eggs (scrambled, natch)...so I'm really glad to come across this recipe. Looking forward to trying it - and I like not having to worry about straight-from-the-garden tomatoes!

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    1. Thank you! Let me know if you try it and what you think. - Jenn

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  4. Bookmarked! Sounds great and I'm always looking for more ways to use Rotel:@)

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  5. Isn't homemade salsa the best?! So versatile. This time of year I always start getting cravings for it :) Yours sounds fantastic!

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  6. yum I've been looking for a good salsa recipe

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  7. This looks very tasty and yummy. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I can't wait to try to make this! Do you know how long it can last in the fridge? It seems like one batch yields plenty. Thanks.

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    1. I was always told once you open a can of something, it should be used up within a week. So, since this has canned tomatoes in it, that is what I would go with, unless you have been told something different! Let me know how you like it.- Jenn

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  9. This looks so fresh and delicious - its perfect for Cinco de Mayo this weekend!

    Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday! We hope you'll be back again next week!

    -Four Sisters

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  10. I love, love, love Salsa, so I will be giving this a try. I could eat salsa everyday, but need the chips and would be too many calories. I will so give this one a try. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best! PS- following you on Facebook!

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  11. This looks great! I've been thinking of adding salsa to my list of things to can this fall and this recipe looks awesome! I love the combination of cumin and lime! Thanks for sharing...glad I found you, your recipes looks great!

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  12. I LOVE salsa so much I could drink it, and yours is no exception! Please come share! http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/04/dwell-on-friday-fourteen.html. Have a great weekend :)

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  13. this is the best homemade salsa I have ever made!! thank you!!

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    1. I am so glad you liked it! It is my favorite too. - Jenn

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  14. Try adding a can (or portion of one) of Roasted Chipotles in Adobo Sauce.

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    1. That is a great idea for the people that like it spicier. - Jenn

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  15. Needs a pinch - just a pinch - of cinnamon.

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    1. Oh - that sounds interesting. If I'm daring, I will try it next time.

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  16. I do like cumin and that caught my eye. One to Pin and try!

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    1. I made this and loved it!! I didn't have a can of regular tomatoes, just 2 cans of Rotel but it turned out great! Thanks! Pinning it to my Tried It & Liked It board!!

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    2. Yay, I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks :)

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