Monday, April 19, 2010

Rana's World Famous Salsa

Have you ever taken a BBQ to the drive-in?

We hadn't either, until last Saturday. I know it sounds really lame, but it was a lot of fun. We invited a bunch of friends to come out and join us for my guy's birthday. We grilled hot dogs and I made my world famous salsa. Everybody brought along yummy sides and snacks which we set up as a tailgate buffet. Lots of fun, you should give it a try! Although, I recently read that there are less than 100 drive ins left in America. So, you may have to travel a long way to get to one.

Now, every party has it's pooper, and ours was no exception. We actually had a guest who doubted my salsa's world fame. And he even said so. Out loud. Can you believe that?

So, in an effort to silence those who do not think that the Vietnamese have ever actually eaten any of my salsa, I am going to post a salsa making tutorial right here on this little blog. And maybe, just maybe, some sweet quilter from Vietnam who likes to read blogs and has always wanted to make a big bowl of salsa will find this tutorial and make herself a batch. And then, the peanut gallery can just pipe down!

Rana's World Famous Salsa

Start with a bunch of fresh veggies; tomatoes, onions, anaheims, cilantro, lemons and garlic.

Put on a really good CD...

And some comfortable shoes, this is gonna take a while.

Chop up the tomatoes. Forget about peeling them, it is too much work. And unless you are using late season, homegrown tomatoes with thick skins on them, it will not matter.

Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice. Be generous.

Chop up your onions. Be very generous. You don't want your salsa to taste like a bowl of plain old tomatoes.

Chop up your chiles. Now, if you are just going to chop 1 or 2 chiles, skip the gloves. But if you are doing more than that, be kind to yourself and put the gloves on, because your hands will burn for hours after you are finished!

Also, if you want a mild salsa, remove the seeds. If you want a medium salsa leave them all in. And if you want a hot salsa add in some jalapenos or serranos, leaving in some of the seeds

Chop up the cilantro. Never mind about pulling the leaves off the stems. It is too much work and no one but you will even know you bothered to do it.

Chop up the garlic.

Now comes the really important part. Stir it all together and add salt.



Be heavy handed here, but not ridiculous. Remember, you don't want this to taste like a big ol' bowl of tomatoes!

Now let it set for a couple of hours. It will get juicy and all of the flavors will blend into a little taste of Mexico. Then all you will need is a big bag of tortilla chips. Enjoy!


  1. Wow!Did someone actually doubt that your salsa is world renown? What a boob!

  2. I bet that person who doubted the world-renowned-ness of the salsa is a reasonable person who is interested in the flow of information on a global scale and not actually a boob as some may say.

  3. Total Boob to even suggest doubt. You absolutely have the world's best salsa and once again I'm telling you to market it. You can call it Not The Boob's Salsa. By the way....stunning gloves. Love them. Thanks for the tutorial. Some people (not mentioning any names such as moi) need such a thing as this. Many thanks.