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Simple Salsa Recipe

Ingredients for Arthur's ten-minute salsa.

Arthur Bovino

Ingredients for Arthur's ten-minute salsa.

What makes a salsa good? And fast? Sometimes things are good just because they're fresh, just because they're simple, and not more complicated than they have to be. I'm Italian-American, I don't claim authenticity, but I do know my way around a tomato, I sure like heat, and when I want to eat I certainly don't like to wait. That's why I love this salsa recipe. It's bright. It's sweet. It's tart. It has a little bite. You can make it in about ten minutes. And it's better than anything I've ever bought in a store. I'd drink this stuff. And it doubles as a spicy gazpacho. What's not to like? 


For the salsa:

  • 8-10 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 bag cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 white onion, peeled and cut into thirds
  • Palm-full of cilantro leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 3 grinds of black pepper
  • 1 lime

For the chips:

  • 10 small corn tortillas, quartered


Combine the tomatoes, onion thirds, cilantro, garlic and jalapeño in the food processor. If you're feeling ambitious, char the jalapeño. Stick the pepper on a fork over an open flame on the stove and turn it until it's charred on all sides. Then throw it into the food processor.

Pulse. We're talking six pulses. Remove 3/4 of the resulting liquid and reserve. Pulse the remaining 1/4 six more times. Then add the reserved liquid and squeeze in the lime juice. Add the seasoning and that's it. You're done.


Serve with Homemade Tortilla Chips.

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