A basic salsa amped up with red bell pepper added and a slightly smoky boldness from being roasted. It makes a great football snack.
My husband and I love salsa and homemade is the best. I love having a food processor because it makes making salsa so easy. I just throw the ingredients in, pulse a few times, and wha-la salsa. Homemade salsa is so good and fresh too. I also like making my own salsa because I can add plenty of garlic (we're garlic lovers in my house) and I can control the spiciness. I like spice but my husband really likes spice. Sometimes I wonder if his spicy tastebuds are dead but I enjoy trying to make things spicy enough for him (I usually can't eat them) or just to experiment with how spicy I like it because I know anything I can't handle he'll love.
This salsa isn't too spicy I used 2 jalapenos with the seeds but you can always remove those. Most of all I love the flavors of the roasted vegetables. I roasted everything but the cilantro and lime juice (although I might try roasting those too next time). There is just something that happens when roasting that intensifies the flavors and makes food taste great. If you have a hot grill available you could use that instead of the oven and I bet it would be great.
Roasted Pepper Salsa
1 bell pepper, cored and seeded
2 jalapenos, with or with out the seeds and core
4 roma tomatoes, cored and seeded
4 cloves garlic
1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
Cut the peppers, tomatoes, and onion into approximately equal sizes, for even roasting.
Toss all the vegetables and garlic cloves in a little bit of oil then lay out in one layer on a baking sheet.
Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes until everything is very fragrant and browned on the edges.
Allow to cool slightly, then put it all in a food processor or blender. Add the cilantro and a few pinches of salt. Pulse until well mixed and desired consistency.
Lastly stir in the lime juice. Let sit for at least 1 hour before serving so the flavors have a chance to meld (it tastes even better the next day).
Makes about 2-3 cups of salsa.
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