|La Costena chipotle peppers in Adobo|
For this recipe, you will need:
A blender or food processor.
1 28 oz can of good quality diced tomatoes. You can also use 2 or 3 fresh ones, or a combination.
|Tomatoes on the vine|
2 Good fist fulls of fresh cilantro. Don't skimp. I'd say 1/4 of a large bunch. Chopped.
3-4 Cloves of garlic, chopped.
2 Chipotle chiles in Adobo sauce, from the can. Any brand will do, they're all wonderful. Chop 'em!
1/4 teaspoon each: Cumin, white sugar, and salt.
You could also use a fresh Jalapeno pepper (chopped) in this recipe in lieu of the chipotles, but I love the sweet smokiness the chipotles give - they also give a level of heat to flavor ratio that makes this salsa good for everyone, whereas fresh jalapenos can vary from medium to rather hot.
|Fresh brown onion|
|Fresh bunch of cilantro. Yum!|
Serve with tortilla chips and watch it vanish before your eyes. For an added bonus, take those chips and spread them over the bottom of a foil-lined pan. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grate a combination of Cheddar and Pepper-Jack cheeses over the tortilla chips, and leave in the oven for 5 minutes. The cheese will be melted all over and you can then dip these delicious Nacho chips into the salsa for a suitable flavor explosion. Your taste buds will sing a song of victory and celebration.
|Garlic cloves add piquancy!|
|Ground cumin adds and earthy taste|
This salsa will keep for about 2-3 days, if you actually manage to keep it around that long. I made a batch when I got home from work today earlier, and between me and another person, it was gone in about 15 minutes. And yes, it was rather spicy - but that just slowed us down a little bit. As a matter of fact, writing this blog entry right now, I have half a mind to go and make another batch right now :) But I guess I'll save it for this weekend when the lady can have some to enjoy as well - after all something this tasty should be shared with your loved ones, not hogged all to one's self :) No need to be piggish about the whole affair, ehh ?
|Cento Peeled Tomatoes|
Always try to get San Marzano
if you can, they're the most flavorful!