Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce, but the food predates the Spaniards by many centuries. Tomato is the base of salsa. There are now many different types of salsa that have become quite popular. Some are these include salsa roja or red sauce, which is the most familiar type and what many call picante sauce. It is typically a combination of cilantro, chile peppers, garlic, onion, and cooked tomatoes. Salsa verde or green sauce normally uses cooked tomatillos (which are not actually a tomato but a plant related to nightshade) mixed with peppers, onions, and cilantro.
•3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
•2 small cloves garlic, minced
•3 large tomatoes, chopped
•2 hot chile peppers, Serrano or Jalapeno, finely chopped
•2 to 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
•salt and pepper
(1) Put chopped onion and garlic in a strainer; pour 2 cups boiling water over them then let drain throughly. Discard water. Cool.
(2) Combine onions and garlic with chopped tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Cooked it in the pan.
(3) Makes about 2 cups of salsa.