In honor of Cinco de Mayo we’re offering our readers a fun (and yummy!) new gardening collection – The Ultimate Heirloom Salsa Package, featuring 5 selections of our best heirloom seeds for only $5.00!
The Ultimate Heirloom Salsa Package Contains:
- One package of Martinos Roma Tomato seeds
- One package of Tomatillo seeds
- One package of California Bell Pepper seeds
- One package of Red Wethersfield Onion seeds
- One package of Cilantro seeds
It contains everything you’ll need to grow and make your own delicious, fresh, and homemade salsa! With these veggies, you can make salsa verde or a classic red tomato salsa with ease. Best of all, with our quality heirloom seed, you’ll be able to grow enough produce to make salsa all summer long … for just $5.00 plus shipping! Salsa is great for canning or freezing, and it makes wonderful gifts.
Lindsey’s Locally Famous Salsa Recipe
My salsa recipe is well known around my community, and I get asked for it all the time. I make quarts of salsa to take to backyard barbeques, pool parties, and for church potlucks. I even give it away as gifts.
The best part about my recipe? It’s easy to make. There’s nothing complicated about it. My recipe is simply chocked full of fresh ingredients from the garden that make the taste impossible to beat. (Once you realize how amazing fresh, homemade salsa tastes, you’ll never be able to eat the bland, store-bought stuff again!)
Here’s my basic salsa recipe. You can add to it however you’d like to fit your personal taste.
- 5-7 medium sized fresh Roma tomatoes, finely diced
- Half a medium sized onion, finely diced
- 1 bell pepper, finely diced
- ½ cup of chopped cilantro
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped fine
- juice of one lime
- salt & pepper to taste
Optional Ingredients to Add:
- 1 jalapeño chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced
- 1 serrano chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced
- 2-3 chopped tomatillos
- Oregano to taste
- Cumin to taste
1) Chop all ingredients. If using chili peppers, make sure you handle carefully and avoid touching them as much as possible. Set aside a few seeds from the peppers. You can add them to your salsa for more “heat” if desired. Wash your hands thoroughly when done.
2) Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix well. Taste. Add more chili peppers, seeds, salt, pepper, lime juice and so on as desired.
3) Let sit and marinate for at least an hour before to allow the flavors to combine. You can also refrigerate it overnight for maximum marinating.
If you prefer a more liquid, restaurant-style salsa, run the finished mixture through a food processor or blender for a few seconds.
Here’s an important note to remember about making homemade salsa: No two batches seem to look alike! Use my recipe as a base (or find another base recipe you like) but adapt it to make it your own. Sometimes I add more tomatoes, and sometimes less. Sometimes I use red bell pepper and not green. It’s all about using whatever produce I have on hand. No matter what combination I use, it’s always fresh and delicious and blows the store-bought competition out of the water!