When I was learning how to cook, back in 2004, I was in France as a Mexican Exchange student, and after four months I started craving some Mexican food. My cooking knowledge wasn´t great but I knew how to mix some ingredients and just went for it.
So I bought fresh tomatoes, onions and some “Indian” Chilies, you know, France. I came back to the dorms and started cooking, suddenly I realized I´ve made something that slightly resembled Mexican food, I was so excited I literally ran down the hall with a spoon full of that salsa just to give everybody a wee try. I know, not really that hygienic, but I was thrilled I´ve made something edible.
My first salsa is super easy to make, and it will not disappoint:
- 1 big ass onion
- 3 fresh tomatoes
- 3 chilies (serranos, or Indian chilies will do)
- 1 garlic clove
- Salt and pepper
- 2 spoons of canola oil
First, heat a medium size pot, pour the oil, and place inside the onion, sliced, let it cook. You will notice that the onion will sizzle and then start to caramelize, don´t add any salt yet. Then put in the chopped chilies and chopped garlic, let them integrate with the onions, open your windows if you are not used to this type of cooking, as the smell will make you cough and sneeze, true story.
When you notice that everything is well cooked, add the tomatoes, diced; the juices of the tomatoes will put all the flavours together. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste, and half a cup of water. Let it simmer, the salsa isn´t supposed to be runny, you want it thick and with a curry-ish like texture.
I used to put this salsa on nachos or cous-cous, goes amazing with grilled fish and pork, aye, lots of pork.
Ps. Non related to this culinary post, I do highly recommend this recent article posted on The Economist, titled: “The Feds Ride Out”, which talks about the Mexican government launching this new police force rather than improving the current crime-fighting forces. As said by some analysts, president Enrique Pena Nieto, seems to lack a national security strategy and keeps on denial that Mexico is under control of criminal forces.
Credit to: Peter Schrank