Salsa is one of the most versatile toppings – put it over tacos, dip chips in it, stir into scrambled eggs, add to the top of burgers or layer it onto a grilled cheese sandwich. But instead of purchasing your salsa from the supermarket, consider making your own! You can control exactly what goes into it for a flavor that suits your taste buds. If you’ve never tackled homemade salsa before, here are a few tips to make sure that you get a delicious end result:
Prepare right before eating
Salsa is at its best when it’s eaten right after being prepared. Therefore, if you’re making it for a party, you should start chopping and combining the ingredients a few hours before the event. This ensures that the salsa stays fresh and tasty all the way through the party rather than soft and squishy.
Keep size in mind
Some salsa ingredients are more flavorful and fragrant than others. For instance, you probably want very fine slices of jalapenos and onion in your salsa, while other ingredients such as tomatoes or ripe mangos can be cut into larger chunks. They offer a milder flavor that won’t be as overpowering to the dish.
Deepen flavor with roasting
Instead of just chopping up your tomatoes and throwing them in the salsa with the other ingredients, consider roasting them a bit first. This helps to really enhance their flavor so that the diced tomatoes don’t get lost among the other seasonings and spices.
Choose between smooth and chunky
Some prefer the texture of smooth salsa over the chunky variety, while others enjoy it the other way around. Figure out which one you like the best, because this will determine how you prepare the appetizer. If you prefer a chunky texture, you’ll want to chop up your produce by hand. For a silkier texture, use a food processor to blend the ingredients instead.
Get creative with ingredients
Typical salsa ingredients include tomatoes, onions, thyme, basil and peppers. But you can go beyond these ingredients to produce various flavors. Fruit, for instance, gives your salsa a deliciously sweet flavor. Try adding diced mangos and even watermelon. Online fruit and vegetable courses can help you whip up all different varieties of salsa using unique ingredients.
Store it correctly
Most foods you can throw in the freezer and enjoy them long after they’ve been prepared and cooked. But for salsa, you have to cover it and keep it in the fridge. Putting salsa in the freezer will only leave you with soft and mushy tomatoes.