Millions of Gallons of Salsa for Superbowl!

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I haven’t been able to get my mom to write a recipe book yet, so, I’m going to ‘trick’ her into working on it by helping me with my new monthly recipe blogs! Eventually I should collect enough recipes to start her recipe book.  In these blogs, expect some of the recipes to be my mothers, some will be from El Burrito Mercado, and some my own (what I call my own but really it’s a collection from my husband’s family and what I’ve ‘picked up’ along the way).  I realize there are folks at all levels of cooking experience, and the recipes will vary in difficulty but I assure you, each will be delightful and true to la Experiencia Mexicana!

This first recipe is inspired by the upcoming SUPERBOWL game that is only about two weeks away scheduled for Sunday, February 2- not that I am a football fan because I don’t understand the game(though I wish I did)!  Yet, I love the Superbowl fan energy and it’s another excuse to eat, drink, and cheer for the exact opposite team my husband cheers for (whomever it will be!)

Are you wondering, do Mexicans watch Superbowl?  Well amigos, I don’t know what percentage of Mexicans watch the big game??  (I smirk) But…. I know that the favorite football food is Mexican!

Millions of gallons of salsa and guacamole are consumed in that one day!  According to Delish, for last years Superbowl, food must haves were Salsa, Chips & Guac at #1, and Nachos at #6! We are definitely Mexicanizing Superbowl eats! (website: http://www.delish.com/food/recalls-reviews/super-bowl-party-food-by-the-numbers)

So, I’m ‘kicking-off’  the recipe blogs with the elemental component of all Mexican meals: SALSA!  Here it is, an easy, go-to, must have, roasted red salsa:

ROASTED TOMATO SALSA: yields approx 3cups

Ingredients

3-4 fresh jalapeño chiles (use serrano if you want it spicier)
2-3 garlic cloves, unpeeled

1/4 cup minced onion
5-7 small to medium roma tomatoes (or use about 2 cans 15-ounce can of diced (better if roasted) tomatoes)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro(optional)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Salt

1 tbsp olive oil

Directions (don’t forget to open a window and make sure the vent fan is on!)

1. Roast the tomatoes, chiles and garlic.   In a small  skillet over medium heat, heat oil and roast the tomatoes first, turning regularly until well charred on all sides about 15minutes, 10 minutes into roasting tomatoes, add chiles and garlic(with skin on), turning regularly, until they are soft and patched brown, about 5-10 minutes for the chiles, 10-15 minutes for the garlic.  Cool until touchable, then remove the chile stems and chop a bit, peel the skin off the garlic.  Place chiles, garlic, and onion into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

2.    Finalizing the salsa.   Add the tomatoes.  Re-cover and pulse until you have a coarse puree or desired consistency.  Add lime juice, garnish with cilantro (optional).  Taste and season with salt, about 1 teaspoon.  Ready to serve! (feel free to add a couple tablespoons of water for a ‘juicier’ consistency)

A salsa like this is great for dipping with chips (try our All Natural Stoneground Corn Chips available at Cub Foods, Kowalski’s, Produce Exchange in Midtown Global Market) Make a not-so-spicy dip for kids, stir the salsa with sour cream for a mild and thicker salsa dip! Or, heat up the salsa in sauce pan and serve over huevos rancheros or your favorite pulled pork, beef or chicken, side with rice & beans for a complete Mexican meal.

There are tons of salsa recipes and variations, I find this one to be a great basic red salsa, and I love the roasted flavor.  Are you a green salsa lover (like me?), want to offer two salsas at your superbowl party?  Easy!  Replace the small romas with ripe tomatillos, peel the husks and wash them, follow same procedures as the red salsa directions, be sure to add the cilantro!

Of course, all these ingredients can be found at El Burrito Mercado, and while you are there, grab avocados to make guacamole for your Superbowl fiesta! Plus a huge selection of other delicious snacks from Minnesota’s only full service Mexican deli- EL BURRITO MERCADO!

Need more Superbowl fiesta ideas?  Please email me milissa@elburritomercado.comDoes this information seem accurate? What is a MUST food at your Superbowl party?

If you don’t think you’ll have time to make your own salsa for this Sunday, visit our deli and take a few flavors!

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