Basic Salsa & The Tex-Mex Bowl

We are getting fairly decent tomatoes out of the garden this year for a change after many  years of disappointing results. Faye made tomato sauce in the slow cooker last night, and there were enough ripe tomatoes left for me to make salsa today.

It was a basic salsa consisting of:

  • tomatoes
  • sweet onions
  • garlic
  • red and green jalapeños
  • red Serrano chile
  • kosher salt
  • ground cumin
  • ground coriander
  • lime juice
  • pinch of sugar

The essential ingredient, cilantro, is most perishable so it will be added later just prior to serving.

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I plunged the immersion blender for a couple of brief bursts to give the salsa a varied consistency.

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A fresh batch of salsa begs for something to eat it with. “Buddha Bowls,” where multiple food elements are arranged in a bowl and eaten together as a one bowl meal, have been trending for awhile now. Well, as you have probably noticed, I frequently put together a Tex-Mex version (otherwise known as a taco salad) in which the bowl itself is also eaten. (I was going to call it The Tex-Mex “Edibowl” but a brilliant genius out West beat me to it).

First into the baked tortilla bowl are refried pinto beans seasoned with:

  • cumin powder
  • coriander powder
  • Chile powder
  • Mexican oregano
  • chipotle powder
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • tomato powder

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An easy way to remove the refried beans from a can is to remove the lid then pierce a hole in the bottom of the can with an ice pick. The contents will slide right out. (Attempt this at home at your own risk. Pleasant Peasant Cuisine will not be held responsible for self inflicted puncture wounds/stabbings/perforations/mutilated body parts etc.)

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Cucumbers, lettuce and avocado accompany the beans.

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Jicama and carrots are added for crunchy texture.

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Freshly made salsa brings it all together.

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No need to be dainty. After all, we are going to eat the entire thing.

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Don’t forget the cilantro!

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If you are vegan go ahead, dig in and eat.

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If you are not vegan or limiting fat intake, go ahead and throw on some shredded cheddar cheese and, while your being reckless, how about a dollop of sour cream?

 

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