Salsa Recipe and Tags for your “Hottie”! {wink-wink}

HOT for U! Cute printable tags and a salsa recipe. Fun Valentine gift idea. :)
Have I got one “hot” project for you today?! 

Something for your “hottie”,  your “red hot lover” , or your “hot! hot! love!”

Gift tags to attach to the most amazing homemade salsa or other "hot" item for your love!

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DID I GET YOUR ATTENTION?

OK, I’m talking about SALSA, What did you think?

Something I’m very known for is my salsa. I went to a mini salsa making class over 20 years ago and I have taken that recipe and added my own special touch and a few changes and have been making it ever since. In fact I don’t ever buy salsa. My bffhubby says there isn’t any salsa out there that is better.This recipe has seen its share of catered events. I have made it in massive proportions for weddings, events, parties, holiday gifts, etc…  I have taught a couple of classes on salsa making also. You are not going to believe all of this when you hear how easy it is to make and the simple ingredients used. The problem I have in sharing it is that I really don’t use a recipe, and when I do make it, many times it is by the gallons! I have had so many people ask for it though that I’d thought I’d share it on the blog today with these cute printable tags so you can gift it for Valentines day.

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Who wouldn’t love this as a homemade gift?

The very best tried and true salsa recipes!  Also some free printable gift tags...great gift for your red hot lover!! ;)

Do you want to try this salsa?

The very best tried and true salsa recipes!  Also some free printable gift tags...great gift for your red hot lover!! ;)

I’ll do my best to share the recipe to make it as I do but I must add that making salsa is something you must taste along the way and add more ingredients or seasonings to get the taste that is just right for you. I never knew such a simple recipe could be so tricky at the same time. This recipe seems to be pretty tried and true though, so here it goes!

First I want to share some salsa 411. Most of these are strictly my opinion 😉

1. Salsas are generally made from canned tomatoes. You need to find the ones that meet your preferences. My first preference is First Street salsa style petite diced tomatoes from Smart & Final. It is no longer convenient to get those for me anymore so I go for other brands. I prefer a can of peeled crushed tomatoes and a can of the petite diced though. Tomatillos are harder to find… so get what is available!

2. Fresh cilantro is a must in salsa! Trim away most of the stems. A few small stems don’t hurt.

3. Most great salsas will have fresh lime juice and a tad of sugar in it!

4. I am not as particular about the jalapeños in my salsa. I started out always roasting fresh jalapeños. Now I use jarred jalapeño slices and they work fine. They also are a little easier to have consistency with the heat ratio and they are just plain easy which of course I like!

RECIPE:

My post wouldn’t allow 2 recipe cards so I put both recipes on one card. They are made much the same way!

Gift tags to attach to salsa or other "hot" item for your love!
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Simply the Best Red and Green Tomato Salsa Recipes

Author Jillene@inkhappi.com

Ingredients

  • RED SALSA:
  • 1 26 oz can peeled crushed tomatoes
  • 1 26 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cups bunch cilantro {remove stems 1-2 of mostly leaves. Some stem is fine}
  • 1 4-5 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1/4-1/2 cup jalapeño slices Add more for hotter salsa.
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 to 1 lime depending on how juicy it is. Start with half.
  • 1/4 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • Tbs Optional: 1 taco seasoning
  • salt to taste
  • (extra canned tomatoes lime, and jalapeños on hand if needed to balance heat and flavor)
  • ....................................................................................
  • GREEN SALSA:
  • 2 26 oz cans of tomatillos Pureed would be best if you can find it!
  • 1/4-1/2 cup jalapeño slices Add more for hotter salsa.1 can of green chiles
  • 1 cups bunch cilantro {remove stems 1-2 of mostly leaves. Some stem is fine}
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 to 1 lime depending on how juicy it is. Start with half.

Instructions

  1. (optional pre-prep) Wash cilantro well and cover with paper towels in fridge to give it a bit of a dry and firm texture. This can be done before or after chopping off stems.
  2. You will need a blender and a glass or stainless steel bowl to prepare
  3. Gather ingredients, chop or tear cilantro from stems and thinly slice green onions.
  4. In a blender combine jalapeños and 1 cup of pureed tomatoes. Blend on high until it is a thin liquid consistency and jalapeños are completely blended in. Pour into a glass or stainless steel bowl.
  5. Blend the onion and garlic salts with the rest of the tomato puree to get a salsa style consistency. Combine in the bowl with jalapeño mixture.
  6. Combine 1/2 diced tomatoes and cilantro in blender and mildly chop until cilantro is in very small pieces. This wont take much. Add to bowl of previous mixtures.
  7. Remaining tomatoes can be lightly chopped in blender or added to salsa directly if you like a few small chunks.
  8. Add remaining ingredients (green chiles, green onion, sugar, lime, seasoning). Stir all ingredients together very well!
  9. This is where you taste test... Need more jalapeño? repeat step 1. If necessary add more seasonings, or add more tomato if it's too hot or powerful.
  10. Thats it. You have control over this wonderful concoction!
  11. GREEN SALSA: Use same method as with the red salsa! If not using pureed tomatillos, drain some of the liquid from the tomatillos before blending, leaving about 1/2 cup liquid. Also be sure to have extra tomatillo on hand. Some tomatillos carry more liquid, less tomatoes and you will want to drain most of the liquid. Blend to desired consistency. Mix together really well and season to taste. Some tomatillo is really bland and may need more sugar and lime.

If you are interested in another recipe, Pioneer Women has a very similar recipe that I know is good. I also love the way she shares her recipes! You can check that out here——>> The Pioneer Woman–Restaurant Style Salsa

The very best tried and true salsa recipes! Also some free printable gift tags...great gift for your red hot lover!! ;)

The green salsa is made very similar to the red. People love this salsa, maybe even better than the red. I think the secret must be in the “sugar”!

Double bonus is that it would also make an awesome super bowl snack. So you can’t go wrong with the timing of this hot delicious goodness!

The very best tried and true salsa recipes!  Also some free printable gift tags...great gift for your red hot lover!! ;)

MmmmMmmmm. Seriously. So. Good. 

Now for the tags!

Gift tags to attach to salsa or other "hot" item for your love!

Gift tags to attach to salsa or other "hot" item for your love!

 

Download here——–>> JPEG or PDF

Wow. This was a loaded post! A bit of FYI… I am currently in California and I will be attending a food bloggers conference called TECHmunch. I can’t wait to share some of the awesome things I know I will be learning. It is at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel so I will also be enjoying Disneyland the next few days too. Yay!

 Enjoy!

 

Jillene

 

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About Jillene

Hi! I'm Jillene, barely 50 going on 20 again. Ha! I believe that life is to be enjoyed. I am enthusiastic, fun, and happy. I love to make others happy as well. I hope to be able to put my talents to good use in order to inspire, encourage, and help others through my website "inkhappi-putting the {i} in happi! {inkhappi.com} I share Graphic design, decor, & MORE! I love to be creative and I am ready to [C R E A T E] ! Looking forward to where life takes me from here. :)

Comments

  1. Amy Martin says:

    love this post!! I have received your salsa many times and always love the fresh taste!! Thanks for teaching me your salsa secrets many years ago! yours is still much better than mine. i agree it always turns out a little different, but that is half the fun!!

  2. How cute! My boyfriend loves salsa so I’ll have to remember this idea 🙂


  3. Such a fun and unique idea. I love the tags. Very cute


  4. Lol. These are fantastic! I need to do this for VDay for my hubby!! New friend stopping by from SITS.

  5. Very cute idea! Love it!

    Sharing some SITS Girls comment love!


  6. Awesome Idea, I don’t make my own salsa but I could try with your recipe!

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