Fire Roasted Tomato and Serrano Chile Salsa, Texas Style

Personal Chef Austin Texas

This is a very zesty salsa that would be great for taco’s or tostadas and even chips or nacho’s. Making a good salsa is important in Texas because we eat it on almost everything from scrambled eggs, pizza and even chicken. It will go well with just about anything. This is a very fast recipe, if you want to actually fire roast your tomatoes the recipe will be much different but very do-able and delicious too. I use can fire roasted for time constraints.

*If you want to fire roast your tomatoes coat in a little oil and remove the stem and grill until they are charred, but not burned. Or you can use a cast iron pan on med-high heat until they are nice and colored, you will add the garlic at the very end of this process.

1 14 ounces can of fire roasted diced tomatoes *(or 12-14 ounces fresh)
1/4 cup of water
2 serrano chili stemmed, and diced
1/2 bunch of cilantro, stems removed and leaves only, rough chop
2-3 garlic cloves
2 T of small diced purple onion
1 tsp white sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp of vinegar adjust to taste on this one. You may want to add even more to than the amount suggested.
1/2 tsp od ground cumin
1/4 tsp of ground garlic powder, and yes there is fresh and powder in this recipe. If you want to kick up the fresh you can the garlic powder just helps really round out that garlic flavor.
1/4 tsp salt

Directions: If you have made your own fire roasted tomato mixture you will add to a food processor and pulse until desired texture. You can add all the rest of the ingredients at this time and pulse if you want a very smooth sauce (totally a preference thing), or add to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, and stir to have a more rustic salsa. You can serve this salsa hot or cold, just adjust salt if needed to make sure it is well balanced.

**I have added roasted corn, and poblanos, and I have even grilled peaches and added them to this recipe as well if I am grilling my tomatoes. These ingredients make is very tasty, and in my opinion there is never really a wrong way to do it, if it tastes good!

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