I have spent today daydreaming about a Smokin’ Salsa recipe – wandering around with the kids debating the pros and cons of this experiment…. knowing that nothing was going to satisfy but “a little of what I fancy”
It is blowing a hoolie outside – proper gusts of wind with a chilly edge to it. So I need something spicy. I am craving something tangy / sour / chilli hot … and there is nothing in the store cupboard that is ticking my boxes.
I want something quick – not a slow simmered soup or a complicated recipe … I want it now .. and I want it HOT!!!
What I really want is one of those tiny jars of tastebud tingling salsa … but the shopping is done for this week and they cost a fortune anyway!!
Time to cook up a jar of something in my own kitchen from stuff that I have lurking around. So how to get that smooth, smoky, hot, sweet and sour kick from a rummage through my stores.
So …. tomatoes – check
….. carrots and onions for sweetness … check
…fresh chilli and paprika for heat … yup
… cumin for depth …OK!
…chipotle pepper to give the smoke ….Yeah!
…. lime juice for the sour ….. dribble!
SMOKIN’ SALSA RECIPE
- 1 large carrot
- Half an onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 chilli pepper
- 1 tin tomatoes
- Juice of one lime
- Half a teaspoon of ground cumin
- Quarter a teaspoon of Chipotle pepper (or smoked paprika)
- Quarter teaspoon paprika
Slide the veggies into a pan .. and instead of a slug of oil pour over a splash of water and save yourself the calories for the dippers
Actually – for those of you doing fantastically at Slimming World, that last tweak now puts this salsa straight into your FREE category … so fill your boots … although obviously instead of eating this with tortilla chips and tequila you are probably going to stick to veggie sticks aren’t you?
Pop the lid onto your pan and bung it onto the heat. As the steam from the water starts to fill the pan you will find that within just 2 – 3 minutes the carrots will be soft and the onion and garlic will have lost that raw flavour.
… and tip the tin of tomatoes over the lot. Quick stir then back on the heat with the lid on. Bring to a brisk boil for two minutes and you are done!!
… then stir in the lime juice and blend to a smooth paste with a stick blender. Check your seasoning (I added just a little salt to perk it up a little)
Then into a jar so that you can store the salsa in the fridge for anything up to seven days.
That is of course if your kids let you ….. I like this served cold but my kids nabbed it at room temperature and with a handful of tortilla chips settled down quite happily to munch away.
There is masses left for tomorrow .. I am thinking a pot of Mexican spiced black bean soup made in the Thermal Cooking Bag might just be in the offing … although to be fair the kids have been asking for Slowcooker Lamb Donner served with Greek Flatbreads and a healthy dribble of something spicy might not go amiss.
What is your favourite way to use a spicy salsa??