Although there are lots of things I adore about living in SoCal, the salsa is not one of them. The salsas down here, on a whole, are watery, mushy, and too chunky. I miss the salsa of my Nor Cal roots: spicy, uniform dice, and crunchy. This is the recipe I produced based on memory.
The simplicity of the recipe lays in just 7 ingredients: jalapenos, garlic, tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. The thing I remember the most, and tried to implement, is the small dice and the juicing of the tomatoes. The tomatillos are an often overlooked, but important, ingredient.
Nor Cal Salsa
6 Jalapeños, finely chopped. Seeds add the heat, so remove according to your taste buds
5 Tomatillos, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 White onion, finely chopped (I soak onion for 20 min. in cold water to
5 Tomatoes, seeded, gently squeezed of moisture, and finely chopped
6 Garlic cloves (or to taste)
Large bunch cilantro
2 Limes, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients together and squeeze lime juice over. Toss and serve with the best tortilla chips you can find!
This recipe is a great jumping off point for guacamole. Just add diced avocado!