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Traditional Mexican Salsa

I’ve been going through some life changes recently. While I know everything will work itself out, it’s been kind of rough. Sometimes, when things are rough, I feel overwhelmed by everything around me. This salsa, for example, was a triumph for me. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it on my own, and for some reason that was important to me (in the way that seemingly insignificant things can take over my mind when I’m feeling upended). My mind kept telling me, “If you can do this one little thing, everything is going to be fine.”

I fucking nailed it.

I am irrationally proud of this.

Does this happen to anyone else? Like, everything is a fucking disaster, but as soon as I made this salsa, I felt like I could do anything.

Some people are into chunky salsa with lots of ingredients. Those people should find another recipe. This is a traditional Mexican salsa, minus the cilantro. I will say it again – Cilantro is NOT food. I don’t care if you want to eat it, but keep it away from me.

Traditional Mexican Salsa

10-12 Roma tomatoes

3-5 Jalapeños

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and Pepper

Red pepper flakes (if it’s not spicy enough at the end)

Throw the tomatoes and peppers into a large pot of water, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for a few minutes, until the skin on the tomatoes starts to crack and peel. With a slotted spoon, scoop tomatoes into a large bowl of ice water, then remove the skins and toss tomatoes into a blender or food processor. Cut the tops off the peppers, and throw them (the peppers, not their tops) in the blender, too. Add garlic, plus salt and pepper. Blend well. Pour salsa into a large pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer until thickened (it will reduce quite a bit). Taste test, and add more salt (and red pepper flakes if it’s not spicy enough for you). Don’t burn yourself. This makes about 3 pints. I like to do several batches and can them during tomato season. To can them, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per pint jar, then follow traditional canning instructions.

Pour that shit on everything. Seriously. Tacos, eggs, sandwiches, stir-fry, etc.


Wait for it to cool, then drink it straight out of the jar.


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