Make Your Own SalsaSalsa is wonderful anytime.  It is great in summer because you can use fresh garden vegetables.  Serve it at a barbecue, for game day, at picnics or anytime you want a great appetizer or dip for when your family and friends get together.  Salsa is so easy to make, very versatile and you can make it healthy.

2 large fresh tomatoes, chopped

1 jalapeno or serrano, seeds and stems removed (if you don’t like hot you can use mild chili peppers or a 4 ounce can of mild chili peppers, drained)

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1/2 cup chopped purple onion (can use green onions or regular)

2 small cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 teaspoons sugar, (optional)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or 1 teaspoon dried

1/2 teaspoon cumin

chopped fresh parsley, (optional)

Mix all ingredients together.  Toss and serve at room temperature or chilled.  Keeps in refrigerator 6 to 7 days. You can double or triple the recipe.  You can put ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times but it’s not necessary.  Serve with scoops or any kind of taco chips.   Makes about 3 1/2 cups.  Enjoy!


Alternate ingredients you can add to this recipe:

fresh cooked corn

chopped cucumber



black beans

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