Do you love snacks like I love snacks? Are chips and salsa as high on your list of favorite snacks as it is on mine? Well then, have I got the salsa for you! This, sort of, knock-off recipe is very much like the salsa served in Chili’s restaurants; it takes about 5 minutes to make and all from ingredients readily found in your pantry!
I love my girlfriends. We get together frequently for sleep-over movie nights at each other’s houses, for glamping trips, and for quick cocktail hours at a local Chili’s restaurant. Whenever we land at Chili’s the first thing we order, besides a cold beer or icy margaritas, is a platter full of chips and salsa. I’ll give it to Chili’s, they have the best tortilla chips. Ever.
Their chips are so light and thin and crispy and usually hot. This can be a very bad thing, since, because they are so light and so thin and so crispy, I usually end up eating about half my weight in them…dipped into their yummy salsa. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a cold adult beverage!
A few years ago, I found a knock-off recipe for Chili’s salsa. It was pretty darned dead on. I changed it up, just a tad, for making it at home. Besides tweaking a few of the ingredients to suit my taste, I add fresh cilantro leaves to mine too. Also! Did you know you can buy bags of Chili’s chips from the restaurant? Well, isn’t that the perfect solution to having the same chips and salsa treat at home? By making your own salsa you get the eat-out-treat with a huge amount of salsa, for mere pennies. What could be better?
Weekends are perfect for snacking in front of your favorite ballgame, or movie night at home, or just because you want to have a snack. So, do it! Try this super simple salsa. As easy as this is to make, I’ll bet you don’t buy another jar of salsa from the store again!
- 1 (14½ ounce) can tomatoes and green chilies (drained)
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed canned tomatoes (plus the juice)
- 1½ tablespoons jalapeno (I use diced pickled jalapeno)
- ¼ cup yellow onion (diced)
- ½-3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon sugar
- handful of fresh cilantro leaves (or 1 tablespoon dry cilantro leaves)
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- Place all the ingredients into a food processor.
- Process all ingredients until well blended but do not puree.
- Taste and add salt and black pepper, as you wish.
- Place in covered container and chill (it's better if it sits a while, but you could just dig right in).
- Serve with corn tortilla chips or with any recipe in which you use salsa.