OK, fine, salsa recipe

My nephew and his partner (girlfriend?) were here for a few days from the land of salsa, well, one of the lands anyway, California, where they live. They were over for dinner and he went crazy for my salsa. I was flattered since he’s pretty discerning about food but also confused since he worked as a waiter in my restaurant and it’s essentially the same salsa we had there. More or less. Of course that was a long time ago and he probably had other things on his mind, if memory serves.

It’s really easy. Seriously, if you ever want to impress people. A jar of salsa. I may be crazy but I think this particular brand is the best (for this anyway). Then add about a quarter cup of each of these: cilantro, tomatoes, these particular jalapeños, green onions and in this case I added fresh pineapple all chopped but you can add peaches, mangoes, green peppers, radishes, an envelope of turkey gravy, ok, not that, but nearly anything.

You can also add a tablespoon or two of chili powder although this must be Spice House chili powder. There is no other.

And here’s another tip. Put this just-plain-jarred salsa and sour cream on a salad.

Salsa to Soup

I am not sure why it seems so weird to me, but using jarred salsa as anything but chip dip seems wrong.  In my restaurant I used jarred, Ortega only, thank you very much, salsa that I zipped up with green onions, cilantro, tomatoes and avocado. It was a knock out, slam dunk home run. I use it for other things like I would spaghetti sauce but my real breakthrough was the diet lunch of salsa soup. I mean, why not? 

Half salsa, half chicken stock. Microwave, top with sliced green onions and cilantro. No calories.

Salsa Recipe


Easy and fabulous.

1 jar of Ortega salsa. I’m sure another brand would do but I never risk it.

Add, say 1/4 cup each of: Sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes, 

avocado, chopped green and/or red peppers

And then a couple TB each of: Sliced black olives, cilantro, corn, pickled jalapeños 

(I used the “tamed” kind, a cop out I know, I love hot but lots of people don’t and 

it tastes great without the heat), black beans and pepitas.

And then 2 TB of best quality chili powder. Mix well.

You can leave out any of these things as long as there’s fresh cilantro

 and a few of these other things it’ll be fine.

If you add the whole can of black beans you can serve it as salad and it will be a hit.