As we are heading full swing into the summer farmer’s market season here in Southern Illinois, I am sharing a staple of sorts from my house: salsa fresca. I prefer somewhat of a kicked up pico de gallo. When time allows, I prefer to bake my own tortilla chips.
2 to 3 large tomatoes
2 to 3 peppers
1 large onion
handful of basil
2 garlic cloves
a pinch each of sea salt, sugar, cumin powder, smoked paprika, and chipotle powder
a dash of freshly cracked black pepper
the juice of one lime
1. Chop the tomatoes, peppers, and onion into about 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces.
2. Finely chop the basil and mince the garlic.
3. Add all ingredients together in bowl and mix together.
Tortilla Chip Ingredients: One bag of flour tortillas.
Tortilla Chip Directions:Cut or tear tortillas into chip size pieces. Bake at 350 degrees F on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet until they reach the desired crispness. You can also get fancy and cut them into special shapes to fit whatever theme you desire. Be creative.
Note: Cilantro and parsley work just fine too. Use as hot or as mild of peppers as you prefer. Mix it up a bit! Have fun and enjoy!