Faux Homemade Salsa

Faux Homemade Salsa

I could call this recipe semi-homemade, but I think someone else has already pretty much claimed that description, so I chose faux.   While the word means fake or phony and definitely describes the method used to achieve my “home-made” salsa, it does not describe the healthy ingredients that can be found inside this simple recipe.  This recipe was something I learned before I had children, a time when I rarely  cooked.  I knew how to cook, but I wasn’t really interested in cooking.   I had to think too much about it, so I resisted cooking.  In fact, take out was my favorite way to prepare dinner.  I am shocked when I realize how much money I probably wasted when I was first on my own.

Faux Homemade Salsa

This recipe, along with a bag of tortilla chips became the thing that I took to almost every pot luck I attended.  Many people were convinced that I knew how to make delicious salsa, but in reality, I only knew how to doctor a jar of picante sauce.  It was my friend, Celeste, who taught me this trick, and I have been forever grateful for the lesson.

One only needs to dump a jar of salsa into a bowl, add some chopped green (or red or brown or white) onions, a chopped fresh tomato, and some chopped cilantro.  Mix it all up and most of your friends will be convinced that you know how to make some great salsa.

Give it a try and let us know what you think.  Thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.

Faux Homemade Salsa
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 6
This simple salsa begins with a jar of your favorite picante sauce. A few simple additions fool people into believing that it's homemade. Be advised that the things you stir into the salsa will dilute the heat in most brands, so you might want to choose a little more heat than you usually like.
  • 1 (16 oz) jar of picante sauce (mild, medium, or hot according to your tastes)
  • 3 - 4 green onions thinly sliced (you can substitute ½ cup chopped onion instead)
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 2-3 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice from ½ of a lime (optional)
  1. Pour salsa into a bowl.
  2. Add onions, tomato, cilantro, and lime juice (if using)
  3. Mix well
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.

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