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Eva's family has made this flavorful salsa for many years. It is perfect for parties, from Cinco de Mayo to summertime picnics. Serve with baskets of mixed yellow and white corn chips. This recipe makes 6-8 cups of salsa, which is enough for a medium-sized party. Salsa is also a flavorful topping for simply grilled fish or chicken breasts, and is a wonderful filling for soft tacos with shredded cheese. Dry Cilantro and Jalapeņo peppers are fine for cooked recipes, but salads, salsas and dips really need fresh chopped Cilantro leaves and jalapeņo peppers.

  • 4 medium red ripe tomatoes
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion
  • 1/2 bunch fresh CILANTRO (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-4 fresh Jalapeno peppers (depending on your guests)
  • 1 tsp. MEXICAN OREGANO, crumbled
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 large ripe avocados (plan ahead_avocados in the stores are usually a few days from being ripe_nice ripe avocados will be dark in color and give when gently squeezed

Wash and chop tomatoes into small bite-sized pieces, place in a bowl. Peel and finely mince the onion. Wash the CILANTRO and cut off the lower stems. Chop into small pieces. Slice the jalapenos, discard the seeds and mince into small bits. Place everything in the bowl with the tomatoes, along with MEXICAN OREGANO (crumble the OREGANO with your fingers so it is very small), salt, and GROUND BLACK PEPPER. Mix vigorously with a spoon, not to make the ingredients smaller, but to help the tomatoes give up their juice. Cut the avocados in half, dig the pits out with a spoon. Slide the skins off, then chop into bite-sized pieces, cutting off any brown bits. Add to the bowl, toss gently to combine. Cover tightly with saran wrap, refrigerate an hour or two for best flavor, though anything involving fresh avocados should be eaten the same day it is prepared. Stir again before serving, pour into small bowls and serve alongside tortilla chips.

Yield: 8-12 servings.

Prep. time: 15 minutes.

Cooking time: 30 minutes.

Cilantro .3 oz. 1/2 cup jar
Oregano Mexican .4 oz. 1/2 cup jar
Black Pepper Shaker Grind 2.1 oz. 1/2 cup jar

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