How to Make Salsa Sauce

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Homemade salsa is easy to make and a healthy addition to a meal or party table. You can make your salsa sauce chunky or smooth, depending on the style you prefer. Make salsa a couple of hours before you need it, or prepare it the day before to let the flavors blend.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4-oz. can green chilies
  • 16-oz. glass bowl or measuring cup
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • Food processor
  • Empty the can of diced tomatoes and the can of green chilies into the glass bowl.

  • Dice the onion into quarter-inch pieces. Add the diced onion to the tomatoes and chilies.

  • Peel and finely chop the garlic. Add the chopped garlic to the mixture.

  • Stir the lime juice, lemon juice, salt and pepper into the other ingredients.

  • Reserve one-fourth of the salsa mixture. Pour the other three-fourths into the food processor and process until smooth.

  • Return the processed salsa to the bowl and stir together the smooth salsa with the chunky salsa.

  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let salsa chill overnight to allow the flavors to mingle.
  • Use chopped jalapenos for added heat.
  • Make two batches of salsa for a party--one mild and one hot.
  • If you prefer using fresh tomatoes, Ellie Krieger, of the Food Network's "Healthy Appetite," suggests using large plum tomatoes that have been cored and seeded.
  • Avoid touching your eyes while handling onions, garlic and chilies, and wash your hands afterward.
  • This recipe is meant to be consumed within 2 to 3 days.

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