Salsa Fresca

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This fresh salsa recipe tastes completely different than supermarket salsa in a jar. There's a whole lot of chopping involved but it's worth it!

1 large ripe tomato
2 jalapeño, stemmed
1 small yellow onion
1 clove garlic, peeled
fresh cilantro
salt
lime juice

Very finely chop the ingredients. Do not use a food processor.
 
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It should be obvious, but this salsa will be spicy! It has two jalapeños but most importantly it contains the seeds and ribs so it definitely has a kick to it. If you do not like spicy food you will definitely not like this salsa!

Prepare the fresh salsa a half hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld. I think it's worth the intensive chopping effort to get this fresh taste, which really only lasts for a few hours. It looks like a large quantity but it's so tasty and light you'll eat a lot of it.

The recipe is from Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless pp. 35-36. This is an excellent cookbook. I highly recommend it.

Good with tortilla chips and also on smoked pork tacos.

For one person you could easily halve the recipe with a small tomato, one jalapeño, and part of an onion. It's also good with red onion, which is what I did for my citrus marinated fish taco.