Monday, January 12, 2009

Quick and Easy Salsa

1/3 cup chopped red onion (about 1/4 small onion)
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green peppers
1 tsp balsamic vinegar (or lime juice)
1/2 chipotle chile in adobo sauce (~1 tsp, or more if desired)
1/2 tsp salt
1 14-oz can diced tomato sauce, no salt added

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until mixed. Add diced tomatoes and pulse until mixed.

Makes 2 cups.

This salsa is quick and easy to make. A mini processor makes it easier, but the ingredients can be chopped by hand. It makes a mild salsa, so if you want it spicier, add more chipotle (jalapeno works too). What's great is that most ingredients can be chopped in advance, then frozen. Even the cilantro and garlic can be processed together as cilantro pistou and then put in the freezer. I didn't have any lime juice (which could also be frozen into ice cube trays), so I used balsamic vinegar with success. The measurements are approximate, so don't be afraid to adjust it to your tastes. Modified from One minute Salsa from Cook's Illustrated.

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