Cheap and Easy Homemade Salsa!
Because People Like to say, “Salsa”
Buying salsa kills me. For a simple mix of onion and tomato it costs $3.50. This measly 15.5oz jar lasts about 10 minutes, 5 minutes if I share it with friends. Plus! That’s not even the good salsa! I’m just talking the run of the mill Tostido nonsense you get at the 711!
I never thought I could master the art of salsa so I begrudgingly complied to the salsa injustice I faced. That is until I went to Spain. In Spain, Mexican food basically does not exist. I know, I know, they’re Spanish! Shouldn’t they eat exactly like Mexicans?! No. Unfortunately, there is nothing about Spanish cuisine that even comes close to Mexican.
Like all globalized nations, they do have Mexican food. But frankly, it’s awful and it costs double the price of the same products you’d find in the states. So my little 15.5oz Tostido jar of salsa turned into an even smaller jar for $2 more and an even worse flavor!
So I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and my little kitchen in Barcelona was the birth place of Cheap Vegan Salsa. It has been a while since I talked salsa on here so I decided to re-share my recipe with you.
But first, recognize that no two home made salsas are identical and you can be as creative with this recipe as you like. Want to add Garlic? Mango? Black beans? Jalepenos?! Go for it! I’m providing the cheapest salsa building blocks, it’s up to you to make it your own.
Cheap Vegan Salsa
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes - $1
(fresh tomatoes blended are even better)
- 1 green bell pepper - $0.35
- 1/2 large onion - $0.20
- 1/4 lime - $0.10
- 5-10 cilantro leaves - free from your herb garden
(a $3 cilantro plant is an investment, it will last as long as you water it)
- Pour crushed tomatoes into a jar.
- Dice the onion and green pepper and put them in the jar as well.
- Rip up the cilantro leaves and throw them in too.
- Squeeze lime on top.
- Salt to taste, I think the salsa in this photo probably had 1-2 tsp
- Let salsa sit in fridge overnight.
You can eat it right away but it will improve the longer it sits.
There you have it! 2 and a half times the salsa for under $2!