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Two Things We Need More Of: Laughter & Salsa for the Win

Laughter and salsa for the win!

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This was my first food post back at the beginning of my blogging. It’s now updated and improved… but of course my first ever food post had to be about salsa. Had to! Because what is life without chips and salsa. If we are to be good friends, then you must love salsa. Or at least love others enough to make salsa for them. Or know someone who loves salsa. Mmmmmmkay thanks. This, “goddess of all things you put on a chip,” is hands-down the most requested item out of my kitchen of all time! Because it’s that good. And that easy! And it’s salsa. Oh wait, I already said that. This salsa will change your life… or at least your taco night… and also mend a broken friendship. 

It all started in the early 2000’s with my weekly obsession of stalking, I mean reading, of the Pioneer Woman’s blog. Pioneer Woman loves food, loves cooking food, and loves feeding her people. Me too! So, that meant we were basically besties. PLUS the fact that we both have a brood of children AND have homeschooled AND have pets means we are pretty much the same person! Ok, seriously, what I love about her (besides her cinnamon roll dough) is that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Girls, we all need more of that in our lives!  We are women and so we are worriers. About everything. We need more laughter and salsa and less worry. 

Ode to The Pioneer Woman

Ok, back to food. Mrs. Pioneer Woman is the originator of this dream of a recipe. All I’ve really done to change it is add extra seasonings, because, according to my daughters, I’m extra. Just whatever. 

Here is my very “professional” summary of the salsa making… (I will include an actual recipe at the end of this post because I love you and don’t want to be annoying).

You get out that hefty food processor. You know. The one that is in the way back of your cabinet and hasn’t seen the light of day since, oh maybe, your wedding gift unwrapping. 
You dump a few cans of tomatoey things, an aggressive amount of cilantro, like only three chopped things, a squeeze of lime, and some seasonings into that processor, which is about to win your heart all over again, and then let it do its thing. 

Afterwards, you dip a chip directly into that processor (of course while it’s turned off) to taste the delicious flavor party happening and maybe tweak the seasonings. Next, you thank God in heaven for food processors and Pioneer Woman. Because… that took you all of half a Netflix episode and you now have a bounty of salsa goodness. All is right and good. 

After another taste, or 5, you will need to pour an obnoxious amount into a bowl which will then serve as your sustenance for the rest of the day.  

Share the Love

Oh wait! There’s more salsa in that processor bowl of yours. Now, grab the largest mason jar you own and fill it up and send it to someone you love. If you only have small mason jars, all the better! Fill them up. Drop them off in carpool line… to a teacher who is equally special or just needs some goodness in her life after pouring into your kids all day.  Or take it to that new neighbor you’ve been meaning to welcome to the hood. Pass it to a single mama you know. Send it to a broke college kid. You get the idea. Share the love!

For all of my extra credit readers…

Salsa lessons with some of my favorite twenty-somethings

This is a perfect platform for engaging with those in your sphere and doing life together. Yes, I just referred to salsa as a platform, but hear me out. Cooking and community are two of my very favorite things in life. So, naturally when I can marry them together in one big batch of making food and building relationships, I’m going to avail myself to that situation. So, here ya go. Grab your gal pals and make a girls night out of it and come away with enough salsa for the whole gang! This is also a super easy and affordable way to pass on some basic kitchen skills to a handful of sixteen-somethings or twenty-somethings. All the while sharing meaningful life stories that go well beyond salsa and chips. And more laughter. That is the most important ingredient of all. 


All day snacking goodness

The Salsa

Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 2 32 ounce mason jars


  • 1 28 oz. can Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  • 2 10 oz. cans Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 jalapéno sliced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro twist off a handful of the leafy part, omitting the stems
  • 1 juice of whole lime


  • Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.
  • Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips or cheese nachos.


Note: this is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12-cup food processor or blender. Or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl. 
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    February 22, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Yummy!!! This salsa is so good!

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