The Kitchen Magician: Homemade Salsa

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So it seems like the Kitchen Magician has Mexican food on the brain lately, with Green Salsa Chicken and Taco Shells as the last (and actually, the first!) two recipes. So why not keep the theme rolling with a tasty homemade salsa to complete the fiesta?

As much as I like to admire salsa recipes that start with fresh tomatoes, the thought of cleaning, coring, seeding and chopping them somehow kills my salsa craving before I ever get started.

That's why this recipe - which starts with a slacker-approved can of tomatoes - caught my eye. And once I whipped up a batch, it also caught my tongue! Watch out for the peppers - two serranos are no joke.

(Not Exactly) My Uncle's Salsa
(recipe courtesy Lisa Fain of Homesick Texan, via Serious Eats)

Ingredients

1 can tomatoes (28-ounce; or about a pound of fresh Roma tomatoes, peeled and chopped)
2 Serrano peppers, diced (or you can substitute 2 jalapeños, which are milder.) Be sure and either wear gloves or wash your hands immediately after chopping the peppers so you don't burn other parts of yourself.
1 cup of cilantro leaves
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup diced onion
2 tablespoons of chili powder (add more to taste, if you like)
Salt to taste
A dash of sugar
Juice from 1/2 lime

Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust spices if needed.

To see what else the Kitchen Magician is cooking up click here. Or for great entertaining tricks read my Party Girl column.
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