Tomato Salsa Dip Recipe

How to Make Salsa Sauce

Salsa dip recipe Salsa is more than just tomatoes, chilies and other fresh elements. This dip has a lot of history behind it. After the 15th century Spanish invasion of the Aztec empire, the Spanish encountered tomatoes. Not long after, the Aztecs used the tomatoes to create the popular condiment which was given its name in 1571 by Alonso de Molina, a Spanish priest. We all know salsa as a delicious combination of diced tomatoes, jalapenos, a little onion and a few other additions but the original recipe often served over various proteins, included tomatoes, ground squash seeds and chilies for heat. Today the recipe does differ but two of the original ingredients remain. A good salsa dip recipe is all about achieving balance, fresh flavors, using quality ingredients and seasoning it to your liking.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
Mexico Easy
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
10 minutes 0 minutes
Yields: 2 cups, servings vary

Salsa Dip Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups diced ripe tomatoes, seeded
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
    (red, white or yellow is fine)
  • 2 jalapenos, minced (keep ribs and
    seeds of the jalapenos for more heat)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 handful fresh chopped cilantro

Salsa Dip Recipe

Mexican Salsa Sauce – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Use a sharp knife to turn the garlic into a paste (this ensures that you don’t bite into chunks of garlic that can easily overwhelm the palate).
2. Add the garlic paste to a bowl along with the diced tomatoes, finely chopped onion, minced jalapenos and lime juice.
3. Stir and make sure that everything is well mixed.
4. Taste and season with salt and black pepper.
5. Fold in the fresh chopped cilantro.
6. Serve right away or cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Ideas to Use – Salsa Dip for Nachos

There are many ways to serve this salsa. It tastes great with tortilla chips (either store bought or homemade), you can use the salsa as a condiment for tacos, tostadas, nachos and quesadillas. For those that wish to get a little more creative, serve the salsa over an omelet to add an element of freshness, stir it into rice, use it on crostini, add some salsa to a grilled cheese sandwich or use it on burgers. Salsa can really be served with anything that could use some subtle heat. The acidity in this salsa dip recipe also does a great job at cutting sweetness so it can be used for that purpose as well.

Rolled nacho chips and salsa dip

Rolled nacho chips and salsa dip

Homemade Salsa sauce is fit for:

Vegetarian, vegan, low carb, low calorie, low fat, ketogenic, and paleo diets.

This salsa dip recipe yields a beautiful bowl of salsa with great flavor, texture and an addictive kick. To achieve the best result, make the salsa in advance and leave it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Just be sure to transfer it to an airtight container beforehand. The lime juice gently breaks down the tomatoes and draws out the juices which creates a tasty liquid that melds all the ingredients together.

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Category: Dipping sauces

Origin: America, Mexico

Diets: Ketogenic diet, Low carb diet, Low fat diet, Paleo diet, Vegan diet, Vegetarian diet

Meals: Burgers, Burittos, Chips, Nachos, Quesadilla, Tortilla, Tostada

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