Add brightly colored homemade salsa to your meals using this easy-to-follow salsa fresca recipe!
Salsa fresca - otherwise known as pico de gallo or fresh salsa - is a simple mixture of fresh ingredients that adds a real pop of bright flavor to whatever you serve it with!
The great thing about salsa is its versatility - you can customize just about every aspect of it to make it your own. This includes adding or subtracting ingredients to better suit your tastes, right down to adjusting the texture.
Whereas some people like to chop all the veggies as finely as possible, others prefer them to be nice and chunky, giving more of a crunch.
Spice things up
Although it is considered to be a spicy condiment, the beauty of homemade salsa is that you can make it with a heat level that suits you and your family.
If you don't like spice at all, then just leave out the chili! If, on the other hand, you like to spice things up as much as possible, you could try swapping out the more traditional jalapeños for something with a bit more fire! Serrano chiles work well.
When adding chili to your salsa, cut off the stem and remove the seeds, then chop it finely. The seeds are where the heat come from, so unless you want the salsa to be super hot, it's best to take them out.
How long can I store salsa fresca?
Once prepared, you can store your salsa in the refrigerator for around four to five days.
BUT... it is never quite as good when it has been stored, compared to how it tastes when freshly made. The texture is never quite the same and it can often seem quite 'liquidy'.
If you want to make it ahead, you might be better off preparing and storing the ingredients separately, then mixing them all together when it's time to eat!
What to serve with salsa?
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