Homemade Salsa - Fresh or cheat and use Canned Tomatoes if you need to!

Walking through the deli department at our local grocery store I'm shocked at the prices of course (who isn't!?) but some of the simplest foods are selling for prices that are out of this world.

While purchasing my deli turkey and ham this week I waited and browsed and noted the price of fresh deli salsa. Ouch! I wondered, "Do the people buying this realize they could make it for pennies and in mere minutes?" Probably not.

Today's budget hint is about fresh homemade salsa. Fitting for those who invested in a $1.79 tomato plant and popped it into a deck container or garden this past Spring! The pay off is being able to make a dish like this for literally pennies. Even if you haven't planted your own tomatoes, peppers or onions, it's still affordable and the fresh taste will win you over.

Here's the biggest hint: If you don't have fresh tomatoes and they are not on sale this week... use canned! Buy the brand name diced tomatoes in a can (petite diced is my favorite!) and mix up a quick and simple fresh salsa to serve to your family tonight or this weekend at the neighborhood bbq.


1 lb. Tomatoes - fresh, seeded and chopped (or use canned petite diced)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. can chopped chilies (the mild green kind in the Mexican food aisle)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, deveined and chopped fine (more if you like your salsa hot)
juice of 1 lime
1 T oil (I use canola)
1 t salt
1/2 c chopped fresh cilantro (which I can't use as it causes breathing problems so I use parsley)

Mix and chill. Serve with tortilla chips, flour tortillas, grilled chicken, cold Mexican pasta dishes, Mexican pinwheel appetizers, etc.
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