Fresh Tomato Salsa

Circle B Kitchen

I've intentionally not made this a super spicy salsa. If you prefer it to set your hair on fire, add more chipotles to your desired heat level. Also, you may not need the sugar, but it's there if you feel you need to balance the acidity in the tomatoes. The bottled hot sauce is there just to round out the flavors and add a bit of umami. Don't leave it out. :)

2 pounds vine-ripened red and/or orange tomatoes (about 5 medium)

1 chipotle in adobo, chopped (or more to taste)

1/4 medium onion (preferably white)

1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon sugar (see headnote)

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot (or your favorite hot sauce)

Slice the tomatoes in half across the equator and squeeze out the seeds. Core them and roughly chop and then place in them in the food processor along with the rest of the ingredients.

Pulse until you feel it's a good consistency. Taste for salt and heat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.