Nana’s Recipes: Red or Green?


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Sometimes it can be the most difficult question of the day… Red or Green? Salsa that is. And that decision can totally change a meal in wonderful ways. Chicken enchiladas with verde (green to you non-Texans out there) sauce is sooo good, but that red sauce packs a punch too. So today I thought I’d pass along two simple salsa recipes you can make them yourself:

Red Salsa

  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (medium size can)
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 1 Serrano pepper
  • handful of chopped purple onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 bag of your favorite chips

Heat skillet on stove (medium heat) with a couple drops of olive oil in it. Combine all the ingredients in the blender and puree for 5-6 seconds. Pour ingredients into skillet and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 45 minutes and stir every 15 or so. After 45 minutes, transfer to a bowl and set in the refrigerator until chilled. Serve and enjoy.

Green Salsa

  • 5-6 tomatillos
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 1 Serrano pepper
  • handful of chopped purple onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

First take the husks off the tomatillos, then place them in a pan with the lid on. Bring them to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes or so. Take them off the heat and let them cool in the water. Once they’re cool, take all the ingredients and puree them in a blender for 5-6 seconds. Now this is a recipe that you can make as thick or thin as you like, so feel free to add water if you need to to allow for a texture of your choice…but remember a little goes a long way so start small.

Speaking of texture, the puree times on the blender are just averages. If you like chunkier pico de gallo style salsas, then don’t puree as long! If you like finely pureed salsa, let the blender run an extra second or two. Once you’ve got them cooked and served, leave a comment in the section below and let us know: Red or Green?