I love salsa so much. There’s a restaurant that we go to just so I can eat the salsa, but I have to order something so that I don’t feel bad for eating the complimentary salsa and chips they give you. I love salsa more than I love any other food except toast. But toast is just a one time eat, salsa you get to dip eat dip eat dip eat, so it’s way more fun to eat! Maybe I do love salsa more than toast. I have tried several different homemade salsa recipes, but most of them just end up tasting like a good serving of pico de gallo….which isn’t a bad thing, because I love that too, but when your mouth is watering for a certain salsa taste, pico de gallo doesn’t satisfy.
I have had many different types of salsa and most of them I have really enjoyed. There have been a few that were disgusting. There is an ultimate salsa texture and flavor that I long for and I think I finally have the recipe in my hand and a fresh bowl of it in my refrigerator! I was inspired by the Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant Style Salsa post from her website. I knew the second I read her recipe and saw her pictures that she was on to something that was right up my alley. I also knew right away that I was going to have to tweak her recipe just a little bit to suite my taste. So here it is…something that I like to call the Best Salsa Ever.
I have to tell you, forever I was against any salsa recipe that didn’t use fresh from the garden tomatoes. But this recipe proved me wrong. However, in the summer I use those fresh garden tomatoes for a great chunky pico de gallo. For me they don’t create the right texture when pureed. Just try this recipe. You’ll love the taste and how easy it is to make!
**Author’s note: The last few times I have made this recipe, I have left out the Rotel completely and added a tad bit more garlic, onion & jalapeno and I’ve loved it even more than this original recipe. updated 03/28/12