I am an inexperienced cook, and it wasn’t until I was married with kids that I started my learning-to-cook journey. My husband is a spicy food maniac, so there have been several meals in which I tried (tried being the keyword) to make the dish spicy. No such luck. But these attempts were lousy ones, only using cayenne pepper, black pepper, and/or chili powder.
The other day, I thought, “Maybe I will surprise my husband with a delicious, homemade, spicy salsa!” My husband loves salsa and chips, so I thought this would be a wonderful surprise. I’d never made salsa before, and I don’t like to follow recipes – the latter being one of the main reasons I have conjured many a failed dish. So I had no idea what to expect when I was done.
So, I drove my way to the store and bought what I thought were the necessary items. Back at home, I began making my salsa. I chopped up my ingredients like a pro, sprinkled in my spices like I actually new what I was doing, and even added a little spinach (yeah, I know I’m weird). After stirring it up, I grabbed a chip and took a bite.
It. Was. Spicy.
My first chip had my eyes watering, my mouth on fire, and my face beginning to sweat. But it was delicious if I do say so myself. I think this dish proves that my culinary skills are indeed improving! I can now say I know how to make salsa – and better yet, the recipe I used was my very own! I impressed my husband and even got his taste buds burning. Also, this is actually good for you and is all-natural! This salsa keeps sounding better and better.
So here’s my salsa recipe!
Mix together a can of diced tomatoes, a quarter of a large white onion (diced), and a half of a jalapeno pepper (finely diced). If you want to be weird like me, you can finely chop a handful of spinach. You don’t even taste the spinach at all – it just adds a little more vegetable to the mix.
After stirring it all together, I added a pinch of cayenne pepper, a pinch of cumin, and a couple dashes of cilantro. Now, you can might want to add your spices to taste in order to keep your salsa from being too spicy. But I like a little surprise in life and did not think of tasting between dashes and pinches. That might be another reason why my meals turn out, uh, different?
I also added a drop of vinegar; it was probably about two teaspoons worth.
Stir together and enjoy!