How to Make Salsa: My Best Recipe For Salsa

Best Salsa In The House!

Copyright by Jackie D. Kimball

Ever made a hit recipe by accident? That's how my best salsa recipe came to be!

It can get pretty boring at my house for the Alabama grandkids here on summer break.(Ages twelve,nine, and seven) After the affectionate hugging and peeking here and there to see what has changed since their last visit,they realize..uhhhh..well..what now?

I round them up for a snack soon after they arrive.They always climb up on my three fluer di lis New Orleans style bar stools and begin to fidget , and I know what's coming.One will talk just a bit loud vying for my undivided attention. Soon they are all talking louder and louder,reminding me of little birds in a nest tweeting for the mama bird.

The talk soon turns into a poor pitiful me, what is there to do around here pity party.My DISH network only has four kid's cartoon channels,certainly not enough.The poor dears are practically in a state of media starvation, not finding anything that suits their fancy after ten minutes of channel surfing.They soon reach the "what can we do Nana?" stage.

Living over twenty miles from town, it is not a hop, skip ,and a jump to to go to a park.It's too hot anyway.We do make the occasional trip to town, but after a few hours of shuffling through Wal-mart,getting a treat at the Sonic, and listlessly swinging at the hot ,humid park they will suggest that we go back to my house,(Whew,it is so hot!)

To make matters worse,this spring a bad storm flipped my fifteen by four feet pool. I left over four inches of water in it so that it would be stablized somewhat, but to my dismay the weight of the water was no match for the turbulent storm. The pool was lifted ,and turned upside down. Splashing in the pool twice a day or more tires the kids out, and for a while after that,they just sit on the couch twiddling on their gameboys. It's a sane time....peaceful,you know?


Last week the birds...I mean kids, were here for a visit . Sitting on the bar stools, and having finished their first pity party, I asked who wanted to make some goodies.We decided one was going to cook with Nana while the other two sit at the bar cracking jokes about our work and having giggle fits.(Oh,did I say that? I meant while they talk with us.) We should have our own kid's cooking show. We could title it Nana and the Crack-Ups or something like that. I'd of course say stuff southern,'cause I am. Like Paula sure works for her.Yeah, I'd be saying "Y'all" and "fixin' to" while I pulled out a prepared earlier final product.Maybe I could start my own cookware line. Maybe we could...

But I digress.The grandchildren all love to get in the kitchen and make snacks. We make pigs -in-a blanket,fruit salad,pizza,tacos, and other easy favorites. I always have the ingredients on hand for these snacks before they arrive and a big old red can of snack foods like chips and cookies.I want them to have everything they need to fix their dish.It's always the same dishes, but on the last visit we discussed widening our talents.

I asked the designated cook (Tiffani) what will it be? Pizza? Cookies? To which she replied, "Salsa ,Nana. I'm just dying for salsa....and do you have jalapenos? I want it spicy and hot." (What can I say? She was born in Texas. )

I guess she was ready to branch out! But the younger grandaughter, Naomi ,stated that she wanted mild peppers. So what did we decide? A little bit of both.Just flying by the seat of my pants so to speak, I decided we would add some seasoning called MRS. DASH ORIGINAL. Lemons were on sale, so I could afford to be generous. Tiffani suggested we add celery. Awww, what could it hurt? We dumped it all in the food processor and in a few minutes, it was ready.

Naomi grated cheese for our tacos, and I poured the chips in a bowl.Caleb tore himself away from the most fascinating television commercial,and we sat down to our meal . What a feast. We all agreed the salsa was the best we ever had.Naomi didn't mind the jalapeno, and Tiffani said it was spicy enough. (Kids are willing to eat most anything that they have prepared.)

That is how we stumbled on a salsa recipe that will be a family favorite from now on. The grandchildren will visit again before they go back to school, and you can be sure we will make it again!

That week we couldn't get enough of the salsa and chips. We made more salsa two days later , along with tacos, burritos,garden salad, and chips. More importantly, we made memories , and that was the best thing about it all.

 Tiffani in the kitchen.
Tiffani in the kitchen.


In a  food processor place the following ingredients :

3 medium slices of lemon, peeling removed

4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or canola oil

½ of a medium sized bell pepper, chopped

¼ cup of  banana pepper rings / slices

4 or 5 slices of pickled jalapeño (careful!)

2 or 3 heaping tablespoons of chopped yellow onion

1/2 stalk of celery (or more) chopped

1 small can of tomato sauce

1 14 or 16 0z can of diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon of dried and crushed cilantrol eaves

11/2 tablespoon of Mrs. Dash original blend

One-fourth teaspoon of garlic powder( a pinch)

Pinch of salt to taste

Blend all but the diced tomatoes in the food processor, then add the  can of diced tomatoes and pulse again, but only for a few  seconds, so that the salsa is chunky. If after tasting, you find that the mixture is too spicy for your taste gradually add a can of crushed tomatoes, using only what you need to make it to your taste.


Naomi learned to grate cheese.
Naomi learned to grate cheese.

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

bayoulady, sound like a great time and a great recipe I'll have to try! I like hot, hot and more hot. It doesn't like me some times. Good job on getting your feet wet in the pool here at Hub Pages!,50

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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Yeah, I'm with 50 Caliber, sounds like a great time & tasty recipe. Good job. And keep having fun with those grandchildren.

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

50 CALIBER and KEN : Thanks guys. 50, just add more jalapenos! Ken, I love being a nana to those precious ones! I adopted their mama when she was 14 months old, so God has multiplied my blessings!

It was not my intention to write when I joined the hub, although I do love to write. I was googling about the oil spill in the gulf and found hub pages. I was just upset about the oil spill, and wanted to comment on the hub about my sadness.

I am more interested in publishing my children's stories. (I am a certified elementary teacher in the paper work stage of retiring.) I had hoped that I would learn more about submitting to publishers using the internet as I am told that most publishers do not want query or manuscript by snail mail.Maybe I will still find that here.

Right now, I am just buzzin' around like a bee to flowers, reading this and that to get a feel of what constitutes a good hub. I love to read , but I don't need make a trip to the libray for awhile, because there is plenty to read on the hub!

I do know that research and report is not my style. I admire those that research all the ins and outs of the political and economical entities and then report so admirably.That just "ain't me".

I can see myself writing about education after I get over the burnout phase.(Don't even want to THINK about a lesson plan or the No Child Left Behind act right now!)

I can see my self writing about health issues . I have LYMPHEDEMA ,SLEEP APNEA,CHF, FIBROMYALGIA,HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE,ARTHRITIS,ASTHMA, and have been told by my family practice doctor that I have lupus, though my insurance has expired, and I can't afford the test.I just take anti-inflamatories and stay out of the sun.

My oldest daughter is brain injured and lives with me. She is a hoot , and as a mother of that special lady, I can sure write about her struggles and triumphs.

So when I get the time and the want to ,(Still feeling giddy about being retired and able to just sit and ..nothing...if I want to!) I have some ideas simmering on the back burner!

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Beautiful hub. God Bless You

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Keep writing! This is great stuff - reminds me of my boys going off to stay with their grandma next week - she also loves to cook and they love to help and the fun will begin. The Salsa sounds like it is a MUST TRY.

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Stars: I read your hub today, I am sorry you are in so much pain. I will have you in my prayers.

Ken:Thanks!I think grandkids are much more fun than the kids were! I taught my grandson how to make brownies last week. I told him it is a must know how for college...grin. (You can cook them in a toaster oven)

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susansisk 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Sounds like some good salsa. Probably would be good with some extra ingredient like pineapple, too.

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Sounds like a lot of fun for the grand kids and Nana. :) Great that you are taking pictures, they will enjoy those reminders when they are older. Thanks for sharing. :)

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Susansisk, I'll try a little pineapple with it . Never heard of that, but it sounds good!

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Money Glitch

I thought they were fun as toddlers, but it gets better and better!

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Madison22 6 years ago from NYC

bayoulady, this is a delightful hub. I really enjoyed reading about you and the grandkids. Thank you for sharing it with us!!

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Thank you Madison22 for the kind words! I am just nuts about my grandchildren. I have two more grandaughters in FL, and they are my heart as well.

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

I enjoyed reading about you and your grandkids too and I'm happy you found Hubpages. I know there are a few Hubbers who work in the publishing industry and their articles may give you some direction. I hope you find what you are looking for and I will enjoy reading any book reviews you write!

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sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

What a lovely time! Great memories are made in the kitchen!

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Wannabewestern: Thank you for reading, and for you encouragement as well!

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

sagebrush_mama : Yes that is what I tell their mama( my daughter) I am just trying to make memories like my own grandmother did!

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Thanks for your comments as always and have a great July 4 with your family and hopefully you get to enjoy it :)

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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

b.lady - Fun reading. I really love having the grandkids over here of a weekend. They remind me of "real people." Their favorite treats are BBQd brisket, ice cream, soda pop, and my little homemade pizzas. Recently the lot of them have decided that they would do what I, personally, hate to do - cut the grass. It is more work to follow them around and help THEM, but I would never let them know that! Prediction: You are going to have a lot of fun and make many friends here on Hubpages. Wait and see... but you will not have to wait very long.

Gus :-)))

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Thank you Gus! As one red neck to another let me ask you this....did you ever ride in the back of a pick up truck? (I am testin' you to SEE for myself whether you are a redneck or a wanna be!HA!)

Do you know what toe jam is? If So .....howdy!

Yes, I am having TOO much fun on hub pages, and not writing. I don't have a block..just gotta find the time!

coffeesnob 6 years ago

Well, it looks to me as if you are off to a good start here on hp...keep cooking! Gonna try the recipe - i just canned abunch of salsa. love it with my eggs. And ggrandkids-we could do some chatting there. Love mine like crazy



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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Thank you coffeesnob, and thank you for following me!

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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Fun hub, great you are enjoying time with your grandchildren. What better place to be, than the kitchen:) So awesome, not only are you spending time with them, but you are teaching them how to cook:) Keep on cookin, Grandma:)

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

thanks for your encouragement, heart!

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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I really enjoyed this! Great way to break up that pity party. :D

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author


Many thanks for your comments! My grandaughters love to hekp in the kitchen. I could do it so much faster by myself, but what fun would that be for me?HA!

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Fun times! You're obviously a wonderful grandmother. Aren't grands grand?? Thumbs up!

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

thanks habee!They are a hoot!

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Pinkchic18 6 years ago from Minnesota

Wonderful recipe, thank you for sharing!

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

pinkchic-thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you try this salsa recipe. You won't be disappointed!

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Great memories sharing time with the grandkids. I miss mine! We love salsa so I'm looking forward to trying the recipe. YUM!

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Thank you Denise. The hardest part of making salsa is just assembling so many ingredients!

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katrinasui 6 years ago

Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

katrina,hello and nice to meet you!Thanks!

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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


Now I am really hungry? Great hub. I must try it.I vote up and awesome.

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

~~~~~Healing Touch~~~~thanks for the buttons,comments , and vote up!

Pachuca213 6 years ago

Very interesting ingredients! My grandpa and my dad taught me a traditional mexican salsa from Mexico. I always use that recipe for my family but I have to say that yours sounds spicy and tangy! I must try it one of these days!

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nikitha p 5 years ago from India

Great hub, thank you for sharing!

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

I really enjoyed reading your Hub Bayoulady. It sounds like you and the grandchildren had a wonderful time. The recipe sounds delicious and I'm going to give it a try soon. Thanks for a well written, entertaining Hub.

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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Thanks, Becky. Sorry to be so late answering. I took a six week break.(Health related,but I quite enjoyed it!)I visited my ALabama grandchildren in November , and it was endearing to me that they consider being with me in the kitchen"so much fun!"

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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Sounds delicious. I just got a food processor for Christmas and am looking for things to do with it. Your recipe will be perfect!

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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

It's been so long, I decided to visit this hub again:) This time I printed out your salsa recipe:) Last year I made allot of home-made salsa...just happened to get some yellow tomatoes to add to the mix! It also was wonderful, I too, was making it every 2 days. Going to try your recipe this year:) Thanks for the share!

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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

hi heart4theword. I have been gone for a while ,too. My poor daughter had a stroke, and it's been all about that for awhile.I am working just a bit over at webanswers. Yellow tomatoes should look great in the salsa!

courtneyserpone 5 years ago

this salsa recipe looks wonderful! my family grows heirloom tomatoes such as jersey devils & hazel may's, and i'm sure they will taste DELICIOUS in this recipe!

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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

courtneyserpone : What a treat it must be to make this salsa with your own home grown heirloom tomatoes!My grandchildren are coming to stay part of the summer next week, and they can't wait to make our special salsa.

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Wow! Every grandkid should have a Nana like you! And I like your salsa recipe...never thought about adding tomato sauce. Sounds easy and delicious, so thanks for sharing.

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