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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with This Easy, Customizable Salsa Recipe

As with any good sauce, the key is starting with a solid base. For an easy salsa recipe, that of course begins with a ripe, juicy tomato or two. From there, you need a little crunch, a little spice, a little citrus and you’re done! You’ve got your quick and easy salsa base in a few simple steps. As an aside, we know cilantro has a polarizing effect on some, but we keep it for our base recipe—you’re welcome to omit it!

Luckily, salsa doesn’t have to stop there. We’ve got a few of sweet, salty, and creamy variations to play with once you master the original. And, if you’re feeling extra cheffy, try making your own tortilla chips at home!

Base Recipe

2 vine ripe tomatoes
1 small red onion
1 jalapeño
1 teaspoon cilantro
1 lime
Salt

Instructions
Cut tomatoes into .25–inch dice. Roughly chop cilantro leaves, discarding stems. Peel onion and mince half. Halve jalapeño lengthwise and using a knife tip, discard seeds and finely chop as much as desired. Halve lime.

In a medium bowl stir together tomato, cilantro, minced onion, jalapeño, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt.

The Variations

Roasted Corn Salsa

Add 1 cup corn kernels

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan over high heat. When oil is shimmering add corn and cook until brown in spots, about 5 minutes. Add to salsa. Taste and add more salt as needed.

Black Bean Salsa

Add 1 cup black beans

Drain and rinse black beans and add to salsa. Taste and add more salt as needed.

Charred Red Pepper and Avocado Salsa

Add 1 avocado, 1 red bell pepper, and ¼ teaspoon oregano

Cut avocado and red bell pepper into ½ inch dice. Finely chop oregano leaves, discarding stems. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan over high heat. When oil is shimmering add bell pepper and oregano. Cook until slightly charred, about 6 minutes. Add avocado and charred pepper to salsa. Taste and add more salt as needed.

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