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Salsa Casera

Mexican

Fresh salsa is sensational! This easy to make piquant sauce is an essential ingredient for Nachos, Guacamole, Quesadillas, and tops dishes like Fajitas. Fresh cilantro makes it vibrant. Casera is Spanish for homemade, meaning domestic as opposed to market-made. This recipe is perfect way to use up excess tomatoes that pour forth from the home garden in summer.
Ingredients
3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1 tomatillo, chopped (optional)
1 jalapeño, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion, preferably sweet or mild
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Steps
1 In a serving bowl, combine the ingredients and stir well. Season with salt and pepper.

2 Refrigerate for 1/2 to 1 hour, allowing flavors to meld. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.


Yield
cups  use metric
original recipe yield: 8 servings
Notes Jalapeños come in all kinds of heat ranges. Take care to taste the pepper when you first cut it to ensure the right heat. Mark likes to begin this process stirring tomatoes with 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground coriander seed and letting it stand for fifteen minutes to infuse the spice. Salsa Casera is similar to Pico de Gallo which is more like a side-salad or relish.

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