There are few foods in life that are as tasty to me as basic warm refried beans enjoyed with chips and salsa (which I call food of the gods). If you like Mexican food, for example, your favorite American holiday will be arriving soon: Cinco de Mayo. Well, it’s not exactly an American holiday, but I’m told that Cinco de Mayo is observed more in the states than in Mexico.
I guess that’s because Cinco de Mayo signifies a great excuse to become a “munchero” of Mexican munchies (and perhaps drink too many Margaritas). For my mini-fiesta on Cinco de Mayo, I will have the following available to munch:
- Refried beans (canned beans are just fine), warmed in the microwave
- Tortilla chips (any favorite brand)
- As Good As It Gets Salsa (see recipe below)
Extras that are great for this mini-fiesta include:
- Sour cream
- Avocado slices (you can also smush it up)
- Cilantro, chopped
- Shredded Cheddar or Jack cheese
As you may have noticed, my mini-fiesta is very simple. The only thing you have to make is the salsa, and it is worth making. Some years ago I acquired this recipe from a co-worker and it was some of the best salsa I have ever eaten. This recipe is easy to make, pulls a great spicy punch, and is so irresistible that I have to hide the chip bag so there will be enough salsa leftover for scrambled eggs the morning after Cinco de Mayo. It is certainly worthy of including in any family cookbook:
As Good As It Gets Salsa
1 can (28 oz) Hunts diced tomatoes with juice
1 medium ripe fresh tomato, diced
1 small white onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro leaves, washed well, trimmed of stems and chopped
1 fresh Jalapeno pepper, seeded, deveined and chopped (add more if you like zing)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
2 Tablespoons lime juice (about half a lime)
Add all ingredients to your blender and puree until smooth. If you prefer a chunkier salsa, add additional chopped fresh tomato, onion and cilantro as desired. Keeps well in the refrigerator (if there is any left).
This salsa recipe makes just over a quart of salsa that is equal to or better than any you can find in a jar. You may also try the salsa recipe with ripe red tomatoes when they are in season (I tend to use canned diced tomatoes because they are consistently good).
With your salsa recipe made, now you are all set for your mini-fiesta on Cinco de Mayo. Bring on the Margaritas and the Mariachis!