I recently traveled through Houston and Austin, Texas, and of course chowed down on some slammin' eats along the way. I was lucky enough to pick up this super simple yet deliciously authentic Mexican salsa recipe that's too good not to share.
For me, this Simple Mexican Salsa brings back sweet memories of studying abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico during college. Countless mornings my host mom would throw a bundle of various veggies and herbs right into her blender, and then dollop several fat spoonfuls of salsa onto my breakfast plate. So simple, yet so incredibly flavorful.
It seems that the trick to a great salsa is cumin. Cumin has a very strong flavor, so it's best to err on the side of less than more, but salsa devoid of cumin often just falls flat.
Similar can be said of the serrano peppers featured in this recipe - jalapeños or other spicy peppers can be used as a substitute, but in my experience no other pepper has the same smooth, even-kneel spiciness of serranos.
Finally, here's my white-girl-makes-salsa disclaimer: this recipe was developed from a list of ingredients provided by a Mexican American woman I met on my travels. While recipe testing I was working as a line cook at Foragers Table, a fine dining farm-to-table restaurant in Manhattan, and was able to ask many of my Mexican and Ecuadorian coworkers their opinion. They gave rave reviews, with the one suggestion that I reduce the heat, and as a result the final recipe calls for adding the serrano seeds to your own taste.
eat yer veggies
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