Fresh tomatoes, especially the jewels grown in your own backyard, deserve special recognition. Nothing beats this simple recipe for homemade fresh tomato salsa to showcase your tomatoes. Fresh tomato salsa has the advantage of being a salad, sauce and relish all in one. There’s no fat or sugar in it, and the flavour is simply wonderful. The small, squat, green chillies are not too hot, so if you’d like a little more kick to this you can add a few drops of tabasco. This super-simple recipe highlights the fresh ripe ingredients we love to eat with chips. A little heat from the jalapeño makes for an authentic Tex-Mex flavor. If you are not that lucky to have a garden or a backyard where to grow your own tomatoes, buy some really red, ripe ones: your fresh tomato salsa will come out so much better then!
2 pounds vine-ripened red and/or orange tomatoes (about 5 medium)
2 fresh serrano or jalapeño chiles
1/4 medium onion (preferably white)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Quarter and seed tomatoes. Cut tomatoes into 1/4-inch dice and transfer to a bowl. Wearing rubber gloves, seed and finely chop chiles. Finely chop enough onion to measure 1/4 cup and chop cilantro.
Stir chiles, onion, cilantro, and garlic into tomatoes with sugar and lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Fresh tomato salsa may be made 1 hour ahead and kept at cool room temperature.