Secret Ingredient Mexican Salsa

Some of you may know, and some of you may not know, that Spain is not like Mexico. They both speak Spanish but the culture and food and lifestyle have differences.  Let’s take food for example. The food in Spain does not include tacos or burritos or salsa. They normally do not like spicy foods either. But as more Latinos and South Americans come to Spain, the people are being exposed to more cuisine.  So here in Madrid, to get good salsa, I usually have to make my own.

Of course it’s a simple recipe of tomatoes, green onions (hard to find here but you can buy it in the Latino or Chinese supermarkets), cilantro, and lime juice, but did you know if you add a squeeze of ketchup, it brings it up a notch.  The sweetness of the ketchup offsets the acidity of the lime and tomatoes.

Some of my kids don’t like spicy either so I usually make two batches. A non-spicy batch, and then I squeeze Sriracha (also only found in the Chinese supermarkets) in another batch for me and the hubby. A little Asian fusion, but what the hey! It tastes great!

Easy Mexican Salsa

  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs of green onion
  • 4 sprigs of cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  •  a dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp ketchup

Put everything in a food processor and pulse till desired consistency. (If you don’t have a food processor, simply dice the first 3 ingredients and add and mix the rest.) And you can adjust amounts according to your own tastebuds.


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