It's Salsa Time

Of course, being from Texas, I LOVE Mexican food! It's something my family ate 3-4 times a week when we were growing up.

My “Nan” (grandma) always makes Salsa for the breakfast tacos that we have at her house on Christmas day. The breakfast tacos are simple and AMAZING. (Maybe I should write about those next?!). Nan sends an email to everyone every year before we head to her house in Austin telling us we are responsible for bringing our own Costco sized glass jar to transport our salsa home with us... and if you don't, "you snooze you lose!"  Haha! Since we're all about to become fast friends through this blog, I thought it was only appropriate to share this tradition and recipe with you. Here it is, “Nan’s Garlicky Salsa:"

NAN'S GARLICKY SALSA

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
1 16 oz. Can of Diced tomatoes (drained)

1 Can crushed tomatoes 

1 Can Rotel drained (I like mine extra hot)

1 Large Onion roughly chopped (I like Vidalia’s)

2 Jalapeños roughly chopped

6 Cloves of fresh garlic (or 3 if you don’t want it too garlicky)

1 Lightly chopped bunch of cilantro

Juice of 2 Limes

1-2 Tsp. Cumin

Salt and Pepper to taste

First, put the canned and drained diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, Rotel and green chilies in your food processor (or ninja, blender, etc.). Pulse the mixture 3-5 times (until it looks like it fits your desired salsa texture. I like mine in between chunky and smooth), then scrape the food processor with a spatula to get all the goodness out and set aside in a large bowl, preferably glass.

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

Add to your food processor:

1 Large Onion roughly chopped (I like Vidalia’s)

2 Jalapeños roughly chopped (I usually seed one and leave one with seeds, but you can seed both if you don't like spicy salsa!)

6 Cloves of fresh garlic (or 3 if you don’t want it too garlicky)

1 Lightly chopped bunch of cilantro

1 4-7 oz. Can of Green Chillies 

Juice of 2 Limes

Process the above ingredients until they look like the picture below.

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

Add the garlic, onion, etc. combination that you just had in your food processor to your tomato mixture (again get all that goodness out with a spatula!) Then stir in your salt, pepper, and cumin.

Finally, taste to make sure it's salty enough.

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

That’s it! So simple.

It only gets better if you store it in a glass container and let it sit in your fridge overnight. Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips… And since it makes such a HUGE batch, put it in Ball jars and share it with friends! 

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

Enjoy y'all!

-JP

Photography Credit: Jacob Blount
Food Styling Credit: Callie Blount, Luv Cooks
Prop Styling: Loren Maring