So I have to start today’s Monday Munchies post with a nice preface of…Congratulations Duke Blue Devils and Coach K on their 2015 NCAA Basketball Championship! I am without a doubt, no questions need be asked, born blue, bleed blue and will die blue Duke Blue Devils fan. I have never known Duke basketball without Coach K and I love to see them win (especially over UNC Tarheels but that is another story to be shared 8 miles down the road)! And I don’t care if they are the worse team in Division 1 basketball that year, they will always be number one in my heart and I will always see them winning the National Championship. That said, when I sent out my invite for a NCAA finals get together and joked that we could all cheer Duke on in the game, I wasn’t actually making predictions. (Though I am absolutely through the roof with joy that they one.) But come game night, it seemed quite perfect to pair some devilishly spice salsa with my devils in blue on the TV.
Now I wish I could claim this salsa recipe as my own but this yummy chunky salsa actually comes from my cousin in law. She graciously shared and so now I get to graciously share with you all. It takes a little bit of prep but is worth the time.
1 medium onion – diced
diced fresh cilantro approximately 2 to 3 tablespoons (semi to taste)
ground cumin – approximately 1/2 tablespoon (can use more or less depending on the level of spice you want)
dash of garlic powder
1 can diced tomatoes and green chili (medium hot)
1 can petite diced tomatoes
Putting It All Together:
1. Dice cilantro and onion in a food processor until chunky in size.
2. Drain tomatoes but don’t press to drain from can. Add both cans of diced tomato, garlic powder and cumin to the food processor that already contains the cilantro and onion. Blend in food processor on low speed to slightly diced and to mix completely all the ingredients.
3. Pour into bowl and serve with tortilla chips.
As I said, its pretty simple but requires a little bit of work that is totally worth it to enjoy yummy homemade chunky salsa. If you like yours a like finer, blend in the food processor longer. Keep pulsing until the consistency you desire. You can always add more cumin and cilantro for taste. The cilantro gives it a fresh herb taste while cumin adds spice to the chili already in with the tomatoes. Add more if you want to up the heat quotient.
As I said, it paired well with my blue devils and like the Duke Men’s basketball team, my yummy homemade chunky salsa was a hit too!