Joel’s Simple Homemade Salsa Recipe Personal by Joel Wagner - May 5, 2009June 30, 20103 All right. This is completely off topic, but since today is Cinco de Mayo and since I have lived on the Texas-Mexico border for about five years now, I felt like it was an appropriate time to share with you this incredible salsa recipe that I learned after I moved here. The coolest thing about it is that it is all fresh and natural ingredients. At least they are simple to find for me living here on the border. You may have to shop around for a few of them, but it’s so worth it! Ingredients Tomatoes (about 4 small) I usually use one can of stewed whole tomatoes, but you can go with fresh ones as well Onion (about 1/2 or more) Garlic (1 clove) Lime Serrano peppers (1) You could substitute jalapeños and you can use as many as you like, but I use 1 to give it a little bit of a kick, but still have a ton of flavor Cilantro (as much as you can find) Olive oil When I buy the groceries, I use the Mexican flag as a reference. Do I have 1 red, 2 white, and 3 green ingredients? If so, I’m good to go! Making the salsa It could be as simple as putting all of the ingredients in the blender and going to town or just chopping them up and making a pico de gallo. I prefer to heat them some. Here’s how I do it. Dice the onion, and sautee it with olive oil Chop up the clove of garlic and add to the skillet with the onions Cut the serrano pepper(s) in half, and add to the skillet face down Cook until you see some browning of the mixture Put tomatoes, cilantro, and skillet mix into blender Cut lime in half, and squeeze lime juice into salsa mix Blend to desired consistency, stirring some as you go I prefer thicker salsa, so I don’t like to let the blender just run, but do what works for you Add tortilla chips, huevos rancheros, or whatever other Mexican fun you’d like, and you’re done! Cilantro is the key ingredient as far as the flavor goes. I know most standard grocery stores that aren’t on the border don’t sell it. The picture at the top of this article shows you what cilantro looks like. You may be able to find it at Whole Foods or Central Market or some of the more upscale grocery stores. It just won’t taste the same without it, but even without, it is a good and healthy salsa. Arriba! Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.