Spicy Superbowl Salsa

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Technically, our house doesn’t care much about the Superbowl unless the Packers are playing. Because, let’s face it, that’s the only team that matters around here. The first year our oldest son (now eight, but back then he was five) saw we had the game on, and he came running and then stopped.

“Hey. How is this football? Those aren’t the Packers!”

But the commercials are always good, and the kids enjoy the halftime show, so it’s on even if the Green & Gold aren’t on the screen. And while we don’t always do a big party unless, of course, the Packers are playing, we do still do up a little tasty spread to take a break from the winter doldrums of Wisconsin.

This salsa recipe is one I made early in my marriage, cobbled together from what I remember being in other salsa dishes, but not quite sure it was right. My husband took it to his workplace and it passed muster with the guys, so I continued to make it.

When the kids were babies, I stopped, though, because unless you wear gloves during the chopping of the jalapeño pepper, the oil stays on your hands for a few days. Don’t rub your eye, and definitely don’t touch a baby. You have been warned!

This makes enough for a solid group of 10. Doubling it up is easy if you need to do so!

Be sure there’s lots of chips!


1 fresh jalapeño pepper

2 large fresh tomatoes, such as a Beefsteak variety or big heirloom one

1/3 cup finely chopped red onion

3 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 fresh lime

¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Carefully clean and de-seed the jalapeño pepper. Cut into thin strips and then chop into small pieces, almost mincing it. Save ½ of the seeds.

Chop the fresh tomatoes into ½ pieces. Place into a large bowl. Fold in the chopped red onion, garlic, and jalapeño pepper. Add seeds for extra spice. Gently fold all ingredients together. Add the cilantro. Squeeze the lime juice over it all and softly toss.  

Serve room temperature or chilled with tortilla chips.

*Can be made up to two days in advance and kept in the refrigerator, but be aware the juice will increase in the refrigerator, so you may want to drain it slightly before serving.

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