It’s Friday! I don’t know about you but I am so ready for a break! And, here’s to hoping that everything for my new site will be ready to go soon! I’ve been just waiting for this day to come and slowly but surely we’re getting there! Hooray!
So, here’s a quick, cheap and healthy snack that everyone is sure to love. Instead of making my usual fresh salsa the other day, I decided to make some restaurant style salsa that would store much longer and take the place of store bought salsa. Truth be told, snack cravings hit me hard and we ran out of our usual salsa we buy! But, after making this kind of salsa at home, I don’t know if I even want to buy it from the store anymore! (1) It’s cheap to make at home (2) you know what you’re putting into it which therefore means no preservatives (3) you can make it how you like it (4) it’s mighty tasty (5) because I said so. Don’t know if that last one will work for you but works like a charm on Gord! Haha!
All you need is a food processor, some fresh ingredients, electricity and 5 minutes or so. This recipe is suited for my taste and is only slightly spicy and pretty sweet. I like the sweetness paired with the salty chips. I’m a quirky salty sweet kinda girl. But, maybe start with half the amount of sugar and go from there. I was totally prepared to put a whole jalapeno into this salsa too, but I clearly used my better judgement and started with half. Holy momma did I pick a HOT pepper! It was pretty big for a jalapeno, but yikes! I got a nice little kick in the back of the throat–still tasty though! So, beware of those huge hot jalapenos on sterroids at your local grocer! Start with less than you think! You never know when one is mild or when one will set your mouth ablaze.
Do you like things spicy? (This question could be interpreted in a very wrong way) Let me rephrase: Do you like your food spicy? Am I just a sissy and play it safe on the mild side? Let me know in the comments below.
Now for these chips–yup, you guessed it! We ran out of these too! We were coming to the end of a week and we were desperate for tortilla chips! I mean, hello! I JUST made salsa. So, I grabbed some leftover whole wheat tortillas from the fridge, cut them into wedges and baked them until crispy. Very simple to do. You can add some salt or other seasonings if you’d like, but I just did mine plain with a light mist of olive oil. (If you don’t have one of those self pump spray bottles, you should get one! They are great!–olive oil sprays from the store are fine too) So there you have it! Chips and salsa from a stingy budget friendly kitchen. Now, please excuse me while I go grocery shopping.
PS- Check out my Guacamole too! It’s pretty tasty stuff!
Sweet & Spicy Salsa with Homemade Whole Wheat Chips
For the salsa-
3 tablespoons chopped yellow onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 bunch cilantro, washed 1/2 large jalapeno pepper, seeded & ribs removed 1-15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes (you aren't cooking this so use good quality ingredients) 2 teaspoons sugar (start with 1 if you're hesitant about the sweet) 1 tablespoon white vinegar pinch of dried Oregano salt & pepper to taste
For the chips-
4 whole wheat flour tortillas, cut into wedges (I used trader joes) olive oil spray salt and other spices (if desired)
For the salsa-
Combine all ingredients into bowl of food processor. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate in an air tight container until ready to serve. Serve with chips.
For the chips-
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Arrange tortillas onto sheet tray. Spray lightly with olive oil and sprinkle over any desired seasonings. Bake 10-15 minutes or until brown and crunchy. Serve with salsa or guacamole!