Fast Fresh Salsa

This summer we had an abundance of tomatoes.  When we had the threat of our first freeze Mike and I spent the evening out in the cold, cold rain picking tomatoes.  Bags and bag and bags.  What to do, oh, what to do with all these tomatoes?!  We canned, stewed and diced them.  A meal did not go by without a few tomatoes in it.  In an act of tomato inspiration this super fresh salsa came to fruition.

About a year ago I started making my own castile liquid soap.  The tutorial I was following recommended to use an electric stick blender.    After doing a batch without one and my forearms sore as can be I ordered a stick blender.  I don’t like having a bunch of crap taking up kitchen counter space and I’m pretty cheap so it was a big move for me.  I love my stick blender.  It is so versatile and it cleans up fast.  Even Mike steals it to make things like mayo.

My mighty stick blender

My mighty stick blender


  • Stick blender
  • a bowl OR the plastic cup that comes with the stick blender


  • 1 large Tomato (yes, those are my plastic bottle planters in the back ground!)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • NM green chili (If you can’t get it substitute some other type of chili)  A jalapeno will do.
  • a pinch of salt
Hi Mister Funky Tomato!

Hi Mister Funky Tomato!

Ahh, spicy NM green chile

Ahh, spicy NM green chile

Yum! Garlic!

Yum! Garlic!


  1. Cut the tomato in quarters, drop into cup.
  2. Toss in the garlic clove, 1-2 roasted green chiles and the quarter onion.
  3. Add a pinch of salt.
Yes, that's not the same tomato but it looks great!

That's not the same tomato but it looks great!

4.  Take the stick blender, push into all the ingredients and get blending.

When you stop is up to you- if you like chunky salsa stop earlier, it doesn’t take much.  If you go too far you’ve got gazpacho!

Stick blender salsa!

Stick blender salsa!

It takes about a minute to make this fresh salsa.  The best part is you can make small batches rather then having it go bad in your refrigerator.  It’s also a fraction of what a pre-made salsa costs in the store($4.50).   Everything came out of my garden so it’s hard to estimate cost but if I had purchased the ingredients I’m guessing it would have cost me about $1.50- $2.00.

The freshest fastest salsa ever

The freshest fastest salsa ever

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  1. Sandyl
    Posted November 23, 2011 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    I love fresh salsa but I have some sort of mental block to using store bought ingredients in it. Sadly it was a horrible tomato season here ( too much rain ad they split and rotted on the vine while still green). Love the photos.

    • Posted November 23, 2011 at 6:09 am | Permalink

      I couldn’t help but be a little braggy about the tomatoes!  Tomatoes don’t start to ripen until end of Sept.-beginning of Oct.  Since our first freeze can be as early as mid Oct.  you can end up with a lot of green tomatoes.  We did good this year!
      Sorry about your rot 🙁

  2. Posted November 23, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Salsa looks great!  A nice treat that doesn’t leave you feeling guilty.  Love the quickness of it.

    • Posted November 24, 2011 at 7:37 am | Permalink

      Rather than dipping chips dip cut up carrots and sliced radishes.  It totally substitutes the crunchy chip feeling I crave. 

  3. Natalie
    Posted November 24, 2011 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Mmmm! Maybe Chris and I should start growing tomatoes? I wonder if we could handle it?

    • Posted November 24, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink

      You can handle it AND your growing season is longer so you won’t have so many green tomatoes!

  4. MomsSundayCafe
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    What a great recipe for a small batch of salas! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  5. Jes
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    love this and I am curious about how to make castille soap?!

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