Summary: Salsa is now an everyday common food in most western counties but is yet to become known in the far east like China. Of Mexican origins it has spread throughout America and England. However, it’s still a new idea here, where I am, in China. The only way you would encounter salsa in China would be in a KFC restaurant on top of the Mexican chicken wrap. So this is an easy to make food that I take to show my students in school. I just follow a basic salsa recipe. You could enhance and improve with many extra ingredients but sometimes you just want something simple and tasty. So here’s my simple but tasty salsa recipe.
Ingredients for Salsa
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 4 tomatoes chopped and deseeded
- 1 or 2 chili peppers, finely chopped
- A splash of Tabasco sauce
- 2 Limes (fresh squeezed)
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 tbls vinegar
Instructions for Salsa
This couldn’t be simpler. Cut up the onions small and fine. You could use a food processor if you are not good with knifes. Add them into your mixing bowl. Cut and deseed the tomatoes. Cut the flesh of the tomato small. Why deseed? Because the tomato seeds have all the moisture and will make your salsa wet and runny. Add the tomato to the mixing bowl. Now cut up the chili pepper. Again small and fine size. You can use the seeds or not. Remember most of the heat from chili is in the seeds to use that to adjust the strength to what you like. Likewise crush the garlic and add the chili and garlic to the mixing bowl. Squeeze the limes over the mix and add a little vinegar. If you want more spice add some Tabasco sauce to suit your tastes. Then just mix the whole thing together with a spoon. It’s ready to eat straight away.
I have done this recipe several times for my students in China. However, it’s generally considered ‘strange’ food. Students will try it with some tortilla chips but few will like it. I do tend to make quite a hot recipe. You can increase the tomato content and cut down on the onion and chili pepper to make a more mellow salsa. Or if you so desire, add some more chili or even some black pepper to spice things more.
Number of servings (yield): 4
Salsa photo by Armando Maynez
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