Excellent to Spice Up Your Life
My husband likes spicy food, so I wanted to add a little bit of spice into our life… Mexican salsa recipes from Hispanic cooking traditions gave me the option of spicing up our food in a very easy way!
History of Mexican Salsa
What I learnt is that in the olden times, Hispanic cultures like the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans in Mexico and Mesoamerica used the tomatoes, chilies and spices as a base for this special sauce.
When the Spaniards came to the Americas, they learned about this delectable sauce from the Aztecs. They used tomatoes which the Aztecs called tomatl, chilies and other ingredients like beans and squash seeds to make the sauce that accompanied turkey and fish meals.
The making of salsa was passed on from the older generation to the next by word of mouth. Salsa was used to increase the flavor and taste of meats, salads, rice, beans, etc. Could you imagine the tasty meals the Aztecs used to have?
The famous salsa cruda which is the salsa fresca or fresh sauce, is the most common. To this day we make it with tomatoes, onions, and fresh Serrano or Jalapeño peppers.
From the time salsa started being topped on rice and beans, a myriad of other Mexican salsa recipes sprung. My friend Rosi told me that when she wants to make an authentic sauce, she follows this Mexican salsa recipe.
Making Mexican Salsa
- 2 big red ripe tomatoes peeled and seeded
- 1 Anaheim green chili
- 1 garlic clove
- 4 oz chopped green chilies in a can
- 3 green onions
- 2 or 3 jalapeños
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
- 1/4cup fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup ice water
- Pepper to taste
- Salt for seasoning the salsa to your taste
- 1. You have to char the tomatoes in a hot broiler or over a gas grill for a few seconds.
- 2. Peel, core and seed the tomatoes and cut them into chunky pieces.
- 3. Peel the garlic clove and put it in your food processor with the chopped cilantro, the chopped and seeded jalapeños and the chopped green onions.
- 4. Add all the other ingredients like the tomatoes, the Anaheim chili, olive oil, chopped green chilies and the lime juice.
- 5. Process this with a few brief pulses of your food processor.
- 6. Add some pepper and salt to taste and set aside in a serving bowl to season for an hour.
- 7. Before serving the salsa, mix in 1/4 cup of ice water to cool it further and you can go head and enhance the flavor of your rice, beans, chicken, beef, fish or simply eat it with tortilla chips.
If you like to go with another kind of Mexican salsa, all you have to do is add mashed avocado and turn your authentic salsa into guacamole.
You can even go farther by trying salsa recipes like the mango salsa tropical, black bean and corn salsa, salsa ranchera, etc.
Regarding the mango salsa, all you need are mangoes, papayas, pineapples and a bit of vinegar. It’s easy to put variety into your meals with different Mexican salsa recipes. A bit of variety with fruits is all you need.