Home made healthy salsa

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  1. Scold

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    Recently I've seen alot of people on here saying that they love salsa, but hate how bad it is for them. Store bought salsa has like 2903480239849023482390 mg of salt in it, so instead of eating that and shitting inside of your heart, give this a try!

    By the way... feel free to mix up the ingredients a bit if you want, if you want more onions, add more onions, etc!

    Step 1: Boil some water
    Step 2: Dice 2 onions
    Step 3: Split some Jalapenos down the center (as many as you like) and do a fine dice
    Step 4: Take 5-6 tomatoes and very lightly cut an "X" on the bottom of them, then dunk them in the boiling water for about 10 seconds. I usually do one at a time. Then dunk them in some ice water to cool them off.
    Step 5: You can now peel the tomatoes starting at the X you cut in the skin.
    Step 6: Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds into the garbage
    Step 6: Cut the tomatoes into a fine dice (or whatever size you prefer for your salsa)
    Step 7: Mix the onions, jalapenos, and tomatoes together
    Step 8: Add the juice of 3-4 limes
    Step 9: Add a little bit of ketchup, just a bit less than a quarter cup
    Step 10: Add about 15 dashes (Technical I know) of tapatio or cholula hotsauce (or use whatever you prefer, I have just had good luck with these)
    Step 11: Add about 1/2 to 1 full bunch of washed cilantro that you have chopped to a medium-small size.
    Step 12: Stir
    Step 13 Profit.


    I have no idea what would be a really good healthy alternative to chips for dipping in this salsa, but I do know that it is tasty. One thing I may try and get back to you is to take some whole wheat tortillas and cut them into triangles then fry them in some peanut oil. It would be better for you than Tostitos I can guarante you that.

    :)
     
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    cool, thanks!


    I wish I was good at cooking :wtc:
     
  3. Scold

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    I use to cook for a living (culinary school....then restaurants... the whole bit) but I got out of it because they pay is SHIT. Anyway... this is SUPER easy and really doesn't take much skill at all.
     
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    mmmmmmmm salsa...
     
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    honestly the last time I cooked I tried to make a cake for my mom....I ended up putting like 4 cups of veggie oil or something in it (I forgot, whatever oil you put in cake). :hs:
     
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    4cups, good god man
     
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    An alternative to frying tortillas is baking them instead. drizzle it in olive oil and bake away! =)
     
  8. Scold

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    I wouldn't use olive oil, granted it is good for you, but it has a tendency to burn SUPER easily. Never, ever, ever, EVER use it to saute onions/garlic/mire poix/etc.

    Peanut Oil only has about 120 calories per tablespoon, and it also has the highest smoke point of any regularly available oil. This means that your food spends less time in the oil and it doesn't soak up shitloads of it while you are waiting for it to cook. Bring the oil up to the smoke point, then turn the stove down just a bit and fry away.
     
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    lots of steps
     
  10. Scold

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    Yeah... but I made it retard proof. If I were writing this for other cooks it would look something like this.

    2 onions small dice
    5 tomatoes concassed
    3 Jalapenos fine dice
    1 bunch of cilantro small chop
    Juice of 4 limes
    1/4cup ketchup
    3tbsp hotsauce


    I figure I'd make it easy for ya'll :)
     
  11. Scold

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    Also... before you add the hotsauce, ketchup and lime juice, if there is still too much juice from the tomatoes feel free to push on it in a strainer to get rid of some of the liquid.
     
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    Well then it's your reading comprehension that sucks, not your cooking skills.
     
  13. dwarfcat

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    with the hot sauce and ketchup you just made it as salty as store bought.........
     
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    this is the most healthy salsa ive found from the store, its usually sold in the produce section. The hot has 10 cal per serving and 75mg of sodium per serving
    http://www.lamexfoods.com/
     
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    I highly doubt it, it's spread out over a much larger size.
     
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    thats 958 for the entire recipe, so break that down into 10 servings and you got 95.8 per serving, not too bad.......I dont know if 5 tomato and 2 onion is enough for 10 servings tho
     
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    btw, im not dogging your salsa, it sounds delic........just saying if you are avoiding salt, ketchup and hot sauce are to be avoided like the plague
     
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    Am I the only one that doesn't give a shit about sodium content?
     
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    I think I am going to try it without the ketchup and just a little bit of tabasco, which really isn't too bad from a sodium standpoint if you just use a couple of serving sizes for the entire recipe. I do love some salsa but I think I can survive if it is more like pico than salsa per say.

    For chips, I will sometimes just buy corn tortillas at HEB and cook those in my nuwave over for a bit. Not just like regular chips obviously, but they are still good and I am not sure but think that they have less calories than flour tortillas.
     
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    Well, me and dwarfcat both have the same issue and are ordered by our doctors to keep the sodium content as low as we possbily can, that is why him and I are both so adamant about it.
     
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    sounds good minus ketchup
     
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    the last time I made salsa from scratch the cost was 3x the premade ones.
     
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    I saute onions/garlic in olive oil all the time :dunno:
     
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    I'd use a TBSP of tomato paste isntead. There's already lime juice for the vinegar in the recipe.
     
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    IMO - Sauté isn't much of an issue, as it's as high heat.

    You don't want to stir fry in olive oil though
     
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