Make Ahead

Best Tomato Salsa

August 20, 2010
Author Notes

I invented this recipe, well...kind of. I read the ingredients off a jar of Dorito's salsa dip in 1999 and set about creating my perfect salsa. 11 years on, we enjoy it with plantains, on tortillas, as pizza sauce and with rice. The last time we had them (pictured here), we rolled tortillas with plantains, veggies and some flaked white fish, topped with salsa and enjoyed! —Kitchen Butterfly

  • Serves about 2 1/2 cups
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 300g fresh tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 large red onion, chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 a green bell pepper/paprika, cut into chunks
  • 2-3 small red chilli peppers (or to taste), chopped finely
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (I used some homemade blackberry wine vinegar)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 a teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 a teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 a teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
In This Recipe
  1. Heat oil in medium sized saucepan, when hot, add chopped tomatoes, onions, paprika, chilli peppers and garlic. Salt to taste and let simmer for 10 – 15 minutes till the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add the tomato puree, vinegar, sugar, ketchup and the spices and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  3. Adjust seasoning to taste – the aim is to have a balance between sweet, rich and peppery. Take off heat and use as desired.

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