Gino’s Homemade Salsa

Gino was one of my best friends in college and still remains one of my best friends today.  Now he is a stylist in New York City, but recently dropped by to teach me how to make his world-famous homemade salsa.  Debbie and I would like to welcome Gino as our very first guest blogger!

Homemade Sonoran-Style Salsa by the Sweet Spot Blog

I used to stay with my (aunt) Tia during the summer where she taught me how to make her famous salsa recipe.  Like all her recipes, it wasn’t written down.  She said, “Mijo (mi hijo or my son), you must memorize this recipe, so when you make it, you think of me!”  Now when I make it, I do think of her.  I swear, the love I remember for my Tia always makes the salsa taste better!

I have traveled around the world, and usually make this salsa when staying with friends.  They always ask for the recipe, but I have never taken the time to write it down.  So while visiting Corinna this holiday season, I told her it was time to document this recipe.  So here is my Tia’s salsa; I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Sonoran-Style Homemade Salsa

2-3 medium Anaheim chile peppers, small dice (less if they are extra spicy)
2 Jalapeno peppers, small dice
1 white Jalapeno pepper (aka yellow wax pepper), small dice
2-3 green Serrano peppers (you can substitute 1 red for some kick in the heat), small dice
5-7 Green onions (both green and white parts), small chop
2 ½ cups of cilantro leaves, roughly chopped (no stems; loosely filling the cups)
1 – 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 – 15 oz can tomato sauce
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tsp. kosher salt
¾ tsp. cracked black pepper
¾ tsp. cayenne (or paprika)
½ tsp. garlic powder

Place all ingredients into a medium bowl in the order listed above.  Smash ingredients with a potato masher until all ingredients are well-blended.  Place (uncovered) in the refrigerator for one hour to allow the ingredients to meld.  Give it one last mash and serve with tortilla chips.

Note: This recipe can be made the night before, but keep it covered with saran wrap in the refrigerator.




15 Responses to Gino’s Homemade Salsa

  1. Emily Stoik January 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Wow, this looks amazing!! I definitely want to try it soon!! :-D

    • Corinna January 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

      It tastes amazing too!

  2. Kathy Widenhouse January 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I love how this recipe allows you to use canned tomatoes. We can’t always get fresh!

    • Corinna January 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      And less chopping!

  3. Angie Schaffer-von Scheffelheim January 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Dang, I wish I had seen this earlier when I was making my lunch! I would have made some for my vegetarian burritos. I’m going to make some this weekend, though. It looks delicious.
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    • Corinna January 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      That sounds good. I going to run to the grocery store to get veggie burrito ingredients to eat with my salsa. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Alana (@RamblinGarden) January 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    This would be too spicy for my stomach – but I think it could be modified. On Weight Watchers, salsa is point free. I use it a lot, and I pinned this onto my “skinny one day” post.
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    • Gino January 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Alana, just make sure to remove the “core” of the peppers, and use less to make a mild version of the Salsa. It is just as tasty!

  5. Corinna January 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Come back and let us know how it goes! I will probably start eating it more often now that I know your Weight Watchers trick.

  6. Carolyn Y January 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Wow, that looks so good (and easy)!
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  7. Corinna January 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    It’s even easier when Gino makes it for you!

  8. Gino January 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Glad to see people are going to try the recipe!

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