Ingredients

28 oz can crushed tomatoes/petite diced tomatoes/whole tomatoes (no salt added)

½ – 1 small diced onion

5-10 slices chopped jalapeños/½ – 1 chopped jalapeño pepper (optional)

salt to taste

¼ – ½ tsp garlic powder

⅛ – ¼ tsp onion powder

2-3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (1-2 tsp dried)

½ tsp chopped fresh oregano (¼ tsp dried) (optional)

2-3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil (1-2 tsp dried) (optional)

 

Preparation

1.  Pour tomatoes into a mixing bowl and mash with potato masher or use immersion blender.

2.  Add onion and chopped jalapeño (optional) to bowl.

3.  Mix in salt, garlic powder, onion powder and chopped cilantro.  Optionally, add in oregano and basil.  Serves 6-10.

Alternatives

Original Ingredient: Replace With:
jalapeño peppers mild peppers (cubanelle, poblano, or Anaheim), medium heat  to hot peppers (fresno, chipotle in adobo,  serrano or habanero peppers), or any type of pepper
garlic powder 2-3 cloves grated/chopped garlic or ½ – 1 tsp minced garlic
cilantro parsley
oregano thyme
basil thyme

Tips

Salsa provides a healthy salad dressing or can be used with tacos, burritos, steak, fish and chicken.

-  Remove ribs and seeds of jalapeño peppers or other hot peppers to reduce heat.

-  To maintain freshness, gently wash and dry basil.  Place in a jar or vase with water, and store in a cool location away from direct sunlight.  Do not refrigerate.

-  To maintain freshness, wash herbs immediately when you bring them home from the store.  Dry off and store wrapped up in paper towels in a Ziploc® Brand bag in refrigerator.

-  Simply grate garlic with a zester/grater to make garlic paste.

-  For an alternate way to make garlic paste, peel and finely chop garlic.  Add a pinch or two of salt on top of garlic and rub garlic repeatedly with sides of knife.

-  Rub fingers on stainless steel underneath water to remove garlic smell from hands.

-  Mashing/cracking garlic first allows for easier peeling.

-  Place dried herbs in mortar and pestle and gently crush to draw out flavor.  If you do not own a mortar and pestle, gently rub herbs with both hands.