For years my family has been using salsa as an alternative to Ketchup. The spicy yet sweet flavor of this Mango Salsa is the perfect addition to eggs, french fries, Veggie Burgers, polenta and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Ketchup is loaded with high amounts of processed sugar, salt, fats and oils which can be problematic to anyone struggling with weight or health issues. Salsa, generally is more fresher then ketchup. It contains tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onions. Salsa also has plenty of vitamins and minerals which is beneficial for good health.
Traditionally salsa was produced by crushing the ingredients with a mortar and pestle but today the more common method is chopping by hand or using a blender.
Common Mexican salsa’s include;
- Salsa Roja – a red sauce which includes cooked tomatoes, chilli peppers, garlic, onions and fresh cilantro.
- Pico de gallo – also known as ‘salsa fresca’ which is made with raw tomatoes, lime juice, chilli peppers, onions, cilantro and other chopped raw ingredients.
- Salsa Cruda – which is a combination of coarsely chopped raw tomatoes, onions, peppers and cilantro.
There are several kinds of salsa available. Most common store brand varieties are a form of “pico de gallo” or “salsa cruda”. They typically have a semi- liquid texture.
These ‘off the shelf’ store varieties are not fresh and have been cooked to a temperature of 179 degrees F (79 degrees C) They may contain vinegar or pickled peppers as opposed to fresh ones to increase their shelf life.
Finding a good store bought salsa can be hard but fortunately making your own fresh salsa is extremely easy and quick. Basically you just need to chop up some tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic and add cilantro and pepper with a dash of salt. For added nutrients and flavor, include an exotic freshly chopped fruit like mango to the mix for a sweet and spicy combination.
- 2 large red tomato
- 1 Jalapino pepper
- 1 Tbsp minced Garlic
- 1 small red onion
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 cup chopped Cilantro
- 1/2 chopped Mango
- salt and pepper to taste
- Start by chopping the tomatoes and onions and put in a large bowl. Add the minced garlic and cilantro.
- Cut off tops of jalapinos and then slice in half. Remove seeds and dice the green jalapino peppers. If you like it super spicy you can add the seeds to the salsa. Add to bowl.
- Peel the mango and slice and chop flesh into small cube sized pieces and add to the salsa. Add salt and pepper to taste
- Mix well. Let the salsa chill in the refrigerator before serving for 1/2 hour to let the flavors mingle.