I’m big on homemade gifts. It’s one of my very favorite kinds of gifts to give and get. This year, my little salsa soldiers are ready to make their way into the holidays spreading spice wherever they go.
This salsa recipe is a favorite in my house for a couple of reasons. One: I usually have all the ingredients on hand which makes it easy to throw together in just a few minutes. Two: It is very simple to adjust the heat index on this as the recipe includes both sugar and jalapeños. Three: It is the closest thing to my favorite kind of Mexican restaurant table salsa – you know, the kind they bring out with the chips?
So, if you still need last minute gifts for people who happen to love spicy things on salty chips, go grab some mason jars and haul out your blender. Just be sure to make enough of these little soldiers so you can keep one or two for yourself!
1 can Italian style tomatoes
1 TB cider vinegar
1 TB sugar*
1 TB jalapeño juice (out of the jar/can)
3 spoonfuls sliced jalapeños*
2 shakes each of: Italian seasoning, garlic salt, season salt
salt and pepper to taste
fresh cilantro to taste*
1/4 onion (optional)
Throw everything in the blender and pulse until nearly smooth…or until it is the consistency you like.
* These ingredients can easily be adjusted up or down depending on your personal flavor preference. I made three different batches of salsa (1-3 stars) by increasing the heat and amount of the jalapeños.
(I got this recipe from my dear, dear friend Christy – who is about to become a temporary Texan – yippeeee!!! And she has Angi Weigel written on the top of the card. Just giving credit where it is due.)
Merry Christmas Y’all!