Hola mi amigos! (Is that right? I took French for 4 years and can’t even speak that, so please pardon my French and my Spanish.)
It is that ever-blessed time of the year in which the sun shines, the tequila flows and corporate Americans everywhere use Mexican culture as an excuse to drink margaritas on a patio at noon on a work day. That’s right chicas – Manana esta Cinco De Mayo!
In keeping with that grand tradition of poaching holidays simply for celebration’s sake, we present to you an Americanized version of Mexico’s signature dip: la salsa! I made this last night because I was craving corn and needed a veggie fix after the weekend (but obviously didn’t want anything so healthy it couldn’t be served atop Fritos).
This was bright, and summery and addictive, and it would make a great base if you’re planning on getting your Margarita on tomorrow. Just sayin… safety first, y’all. ¡Buen apetito! (Oooh, I have always wanted to use that upside down exclamation point thingy, so thanks Google!)
2 ears corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Mexican Rotel + juice
juice from 1 lime
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 heaping tbsp taco sauce
salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 415.
- Open up the corn and add a little olive oil and close up. Roast in their husks for 20 minutes or until tender. Remove and allow to cool.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and place in the fridge to chill while the corn cools.
- Cut the kernels off of each ear of corn (I like to do this while the “butt” end of the corn is in the bottom of a deep mixing bowl so the kernels don’t ‘splode everywhere in the kitchen – they can be some slippery little suckers), and then add corn to the veggie mixture.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Serve with Fritos. Ole!
This would also be a good topping for grilled anything, so feel free to make some game-time grilling adjustments as needed.
Hippity hoppity folks – it’s Easter and stuff! While I am busily preparing my Buffy the Vampire Slayer costume for my nephew’s superhero birthday party tomorrow, I know most of you are hard at work preparing your Easter Sunday feast. So, The Chef would like to offer up a very seasonal, festive salsa that will spruce up any spread.
And frankly I just think it might be good to put something in your body that’s not made of marshmallows or sugar. While I was definitely offered several questionable food items during my younger years (sardines, Vienna sausages, canned spaghetti – Whassup!), I have always been well aware of the fact that Peeps are the ultimate YUCK. And jellybeans too. You can keep them, creepy old person dressed up as the Easter Bunny. I’ll be here with my chips and salsa.
4 mangoes, medium dice
2 avocados, medium dice
1 red onion, small dice
1 red bell pepper, small dice
3 limes, juice only
1 orange, juice only
handful of chopped cilantro
salt to taste
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Serve with chips or over fish.
- Collect the most eggs. Who cares if you’re 40 and you’re playing against 3-year-olds? Whoever dies with the most toys wins. Fact.
I remember fondly stuffing my face with this salty-sweet goodness at MLSP on many a summer day. It is my former boss Angie’s recipe, and it is unstoppable. Meaning you literally won’t be able to stop eating it.
I used to make a batch and eat it on everything from quesadillas to breakfast wraps (it’s surprisingly good on eggs!), and I believe there was one day I even drank the juice straight due to an impending doctor’s appointment that required me not to eat all day. Yep, I did that. What of it?
4 large vine ripened tomatoes chopped
1/2 vidalia onion finely chopped
juice of one lime
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/4 cup finally chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and let them set for at least 15-20 minutes so the flavors will permeate the dish. (Longer is better in my opinion as it only gets more nummy.)
- If you like a little heat, add one fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced. (I already included this in the directions as a MUST because it is gives this a great kick.)
- Serve with tortilla chips.