Quick and Easy Homemade Salsa

This quick and easy salsa is the perfect homemade version to have in your fridge all the time. It comes together in 15 minutes and lasts for weeks!

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Today I’m keeping things quick and easy with this yummy salsa recipe. It’s such an easy recipe, and it all comes together in less than 15 minutes. Now I don't know about you but salsa is a staple in my fridge at all times, and nothing is better than having a homemade version rather than store-bought salsa.

In my opinion, salsa is the perfect accompaniment to so many meals. Tacos are a classic, but it's also the perfect addition to scrambled eggs or on top of a beautiful piece of grilled chicken. It can add so much flavour to most meals, so if you are going to add it almost everything you eat why not make your own and control exactly what is going into it.

I think that a bit of spice is also very important in salsa, but if spice isn’t your thing you can put in a more mild pepper rather than hot ones. Or if you are an especially brave individual you can use all hot peppers and give tastebuds a spicy treat!

Now, if you aren’t familiar with canned hot peppers they are available at any grocery store and are usually in the same area as jarred salsa and taco seasoning. And let me tell you if canned peppers are not something you are already using you’re in for a treat. These little peppers are the perfect accompaniment to so many meals and elevate a tray of nachos like you can't even imagine. So go ahead and pick up a jar for your next boring weeknight meal, trust me, your tastebuds will thank you!

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prep time 15 minutes

rest time 2 hours

total time 2 hours 15 minutes

servings 8 cups

Ingredients

2 - 14oz cans of petite tomatoes

1 - 14oz can of crushed tomatoes

1 - 4oz jar of hot peppers

1 - 4oz jar of banana peppers

1 white onion finely chopped

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp garlic powder

1/2 tbsp cumin

1/2 tbsp chili powder

Instructions

In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir until fully combined. Store in airtight container for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.

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Spicy Chorizo Chili

Chili is the perfect comfort food and with the addition of extra veggies and chorizo, it's your favourite classic with a spicy kick!

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Seriously who doesn't love chili! it’s one of those meals that is such a classic, and so versatile. Vegetarian, meat filled, basically it’s a meal you can make work for any crowd.

My only issue with chili is that often it’s not a very veggie-forward meal, but the great thing is that you can sneak veggies into it without most people even noticing. This recipe has peppers, corn and zucchini but you could add in grated carrots, mushrooms or even spinach. Anything you and your family love throw it in, the flavours are strong enough on there own that adding extra veggies in isn't going to compromise how delicious it is.

I also really love the extra spice with the addition of chorizo but if spice isn't your thing feel free to leave it out. You can also sub the beef for chicken or turkey to switch it up.

What I love most about cooking these kinds of meals is that you can customize it to your liking and make it what your family will love!

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prep time 15 minutes

cook time 2 hours 30 minutes

total time 2 hours 45 minutes

servings 6

Ingredients

1 onion

1 tsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

1 jalapeno

1 yellow pepper

1 zucchini

1 lb ground beef

1 lb chorizo

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cayanne

2 tbsp cumin

1 cup of water

1 - 28 oz can diced tomatoes

1 - 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 - 15 oz can black beans

1 - 15 oz can kidney beans

1 - 15 oz can of corn

sour cream and shredded cheese (optional)

Instructions

In a large pot add chopped onions and sauté until translucent. Add in chopped garlic and cook 2 minutes then add ground beef and chorizo. Saute until meat is fully cooked and no pink is remaining. Drain any excess grease than return to heat.

Add in finely diced jalapeno, chopped yellow pepper and zucchini. Saute until veggies are tender. Add in all remaining ingredients and spices except the corn and simmer for 1 -2 hours. With 10 minutes remaining add in corn and allow for it to heat through. Top with sour cream and shredded cheese.

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