Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us and this simple restaurant style salsa recipe can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes! Bet you don’t know why the 5th of May is an important date in Mexican history…yeah, I didn’t either. The date celebrates the Mexican Army’s victory to the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In Mexico the day is celebrated in more ceremonial ways like parades.We in the USA are thrilled to have another day to eat, drink and celebrate…even if we don’t know what for 😉
All that said you will get no complaints out of me, I love Mexican food; and whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or Cuatro de Abril I will throw down some chips, salsa and guacamole 😉
Many people like to go out to celebrate, Dave and I like to stay in with the kids and have fun concocting our own (hopefully healthier) versions of Mexican restaurant favorites. Restaurant style salsa is typically a little soupier than others. There are fewer “chunks” within…but tons and tons of great fresh flavor. If possible, use all fresh ingredients (though admittedly I use garlic from a container because we use so much of it). Tomatoes are just really coming into season about this time of year. If you are making salsa during the winter months in the midwest, you’re probably best to use canned tomatoes as they will have more flavor. If you still want to use fresh tomatoes November-April you’ll probably want to add more salt and pepper for flavor.
Check out my “Oh crap I forgot it at the store…Homemade-ish tortilla chips” and simple guacamole dip.