When you think of Mexican food there’s one thing that comes to mind straight away, salsa!
Most people know how to make salsa, you chop up the usual culprits; tomatoes, onion, coriander, etc. I did some research on this to see if this is actually the real deal, is that actually how Mexican people make their salsa. From what I found out, they add an extra step that makes all the difference! This recipe I’m sharing with you will have you creating the best ever authentic Mexican salsa right at home.
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 chilli
- 1/3 medium onion
- 2 gloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp lime zest
- 1/4 tsp lime juice
- 1/4 red onion
- Few springs coriander
- First step is to wash and prep your ingredients. The secret to making a majestic salsa is to roast the ingredients! This will sing through a smoky charred taste throughout salsa when you taste it, it completely changes the game trust me. Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic and chilli on a dry flat pan or frying pan, on a medium heat. Try to get a nice char all over the ingredients, a pair of tongs will be of great help when trying to get some colour on the cruved chilli. Beware that the garlic will char the quickest so get it off the heat as soon as it is done.
2. The second secret to making a more authentic salsa is to grind the ingredients together using a molcajete, if you don’t have one of those like me, a pestle & mortar does the job lol. The first ingredient to grind up is the lovely roasted garlic, remove the cloves from their skins and grind them out as shown below.
3. Next, add the onion and grind that up roughly. If you are finding it difficult you can chop it up with a knife to give it a headstart. Once the onion is done, add in the tomato and chilli, grind that into the mix. You don’t want a completely smooth salsa, make sure to have a nice lively chunky rough texture.
4. Now for the finishing touches! Brunoise the red onion, chop up the coriander and add it to the salsa along with the lime zest and lime juice. Stir all those delicious things in and then TASTE it!! Maybe you want it a little more zingy with more lime? Maybe some salt and pepper? Up to you, please do adjust it to your taste and enjoy with some nachos.
You can enjoy this salsa literally any time of the day, it’s incredibly verasatile.
The difference between making your own salsa compared to a shop bought one is stark and I’m not talking about Arya. It’s an easy recipe just try it for yourself and you will taste the difference!
This salsa will keep in the fridge for up to three days and the flavour will actually be even better the next day!
If you give this recipe a go don’t forget to let me know!
Feedback is always welcome