The Mexican culture influence on the world is impossible to ignore from Frida Kahlo, Vicente Fernandez, to the late Selena and not to mention it’s delicious famous cuisine. Mexico is grand! So why is Cinco De Mayo so awesome? Because on this day the Mexicans defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla. Mexico’s victory against France was one for the underdogs. In the United States, we celebrate our culture, food, and rich heritage on this day.
Mexican people are filled with pride and passion. We choose to always put our cultural richness above any oppression the country falls under. Our love for our home country is contagious and this is why so many join us as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
Perfect for your upcoming Cinco De Mayo celebrations and for your chips and tequila pairing, I wanted to share my mom’s homemade salsa verde. This recipe is Izzy’s fave salsa. Truly delicious and we know you will enjoy just like we hope you enjoy our side of fashion. 😉
- 5 Jalapeños
- 4 Roma Tomatoes
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- Handful of Cilantro
- ⅓ of an onion (Mom prefers white onion)
- pinch of Oregano
- Salt to taste
- Air tight container (glass will hold sauce fresher for longer, but your usual tupperware is fine)
Bring some water to a boil in a pot big enough to fit your peppers and tomatoes. Place peppers and tomatoes in pot once water is boiling and lower heat to about medium while they cook for about 5 minutes. The tomatoes will be ready first when the peel starts voluntarily coming off. Take tomatoes out to avoid getting mushy. Peppers will be ready once they feel tender to the touch and its peel shows the same signs as the tomatoes.
Place cooked tomatoes and peppers in blender along with the rest of the ingredients and blend to preferred consistency. At home we prefer a very well blended smooth salsa which is why Mom leaves in blender a little longer to ensure there are no chunky pieces.
But if you prefer a chunky salsa blend only a few seconds or if you want a more authentic mexican salsa taste, use a molcajete!
Place salsa in an air tight container and allow it to cool down to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator. When stored properly salsa can last from 3 to 6 days but if you are like us, it will probably be eaten before the third day lol.
This salsa may be put on anything and everything your palette desires. It’s also perfect for those eating clean since it’s low on calories and filled with flavor. This recipe was adjusted for a not so spicy outcome, but for those days we crave a little more fire, it can easily be adjusted; just add serrano peppers for a more hot salsa. Now if you are really brave, forget the jalapeños and substitute them for all serranos or habaneros.
Hope you enjoy my mom’s recipe, and if you decide to make it please let me know what you think. Will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? What will you wear or eat? Share with us so we can celebrate together! <3
Feliz Cindo De Mayo!!!
Lidia and Izzy
-House of Alice Rose-