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With Summer coming on fast here in the desert, I’m starting to bring out my no-cook and low-cook recipes. Especially as after school snacks – no more cookies that heat the oven to 350F (who am I kidding, I didn’t do that anyway)! I try to provide my family with snacks that will fill them up until dinner time, not just hype them up until they drive me crazy. Sugary sweets are not what my kids need for their afternoon snack.
Salsa is a favorite around here. I love that the ingredients are mostly veggies and herbs, with a few spices (and the occasional bit of bacon grease… hey, no one’s perfect). This recipe puts a little Italian twist on salsa, not your typical flavor. What I love about this is that you can put this over chicken breasts with a side of pasta and it’s a delicious meal or you can dip crackers in it and it makes a great snack. It’s win-win in all situations! It’s a yummy and unique flavor, perfect for all those backyard BBQ’s you have coming up.
OREGANO JALAPENO BACON SALSA
Serves: Serves 6
- 2 14.5oz cans Hunt's diced tomatoes (I used the garlic, basil and oregano tomatoes. If you want more of a Mexican-flavor salsa, just use the regular diced tomatoes for more authentic flavor.)
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- ¼ tsp cumin
- 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ purple onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
- 3-4 slices of bacon, crumbled or ¼ cup bacon bits
- Saute the diced onion, minced garlic and diced jalapeño pepper on medium heat on the stove. I like to saute them in a little bacon grease for added flavor, but butter or oil will work too. This also helps tame the pepper. Saute until onions begin to caramelize and the peppers are soft. I like to caramelize the onions a bit, but you don't have to.
- Add the lime juice and cumin. Simmer two minutes on low-medium heat.
- Add the diced tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes. (I like to add a tablespoon of sugar now to tone down the acidity of the tomatoes.)
- Pour the salsa into a heat-safe, freezer-safe container. Refrigerate 4-6 hours. (Or put it in the freezer for about 45 mins to an hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so and then transfer to the fridge).
- Garnish with bacon crumbles or bacon bits. Or mix it into the salsa for more of a uniform taste.
- Serve with chips on over chicken breasts. The tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano are yummy with whole grain crackers and super delicious over chicken. The regular diced tomatoes are great with tortilla chips.
The jalapeño in this salsa isn’t really hot. My weak-palate family loves this recipe, even my mom likes it… and that is saying something. If you want more kick to your salsa, don’t saute the pepper as long or use as much grease.
If you want a more authentic salsa flavor, use the regular Hunt’s diced tomatoes that aren’t already seasoned. It makes a yummy salsa with a more traditional flavor that pairs well with tortilla chips and makes a great party dip.
I love that I can grab all these ingredients at Wal-Mart on one of my main routine trips out for other necessities. I don’t have to make a special trip to the store and I can grab everything I need for a yummy snack, a delicious appetizer or dinner.
Are you craving some salsa now? If you use Ibotta, you can get $1.00 back when you buy 3 cans of Hunt’s tomatoes 6 oz or larger at Wal-Mart. Be sure to check that out if you’re an Ibotta user! Be sure to check out more delicious Hunt’s tomato recipes. Which one are you going to try first?!