I'm a connoisseur of spicy food. Buffalo wings, kimchi, sriracha sauce, hot pepper jelly, and countless others I've tried and loved. Recently I got my hands on the "tomato-less salsa" from Trader Joes and fell in love. Don't get me wrong, I love tomatoes, but there was something I just couldn't get enough of. Looking at the ingredients on the back of the jar, I saw that instead of just the common jalapeño, there were also red bell pepper and some chili added.
I think being southern, I appreciate a little sweetness with my spice, like in barbecue. The Trader Joe's salsa was more of a chipotle spicy than the grassy spice of a jalapeño salsa.
This inspired me to create my own chipotle salsa, with more ingredients and color than the plain corn salsa I'd had from TJ's. And boy, is it something to write home about.
To make your own Kick-Ass Black Bean Salsa, you'll need:
1 tomato - diced
1 can black beans - drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper
1 can sweet corn
1/2 of an onion - diced
2 or 3 jalapeño peppers (1 or 2 for mild or more if you're adventurous)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
a pinch of salt
a splash of vinegar
For me, this made about 2 pint jars of salsa.
From there, it's easy. Just chop up the ingredients, mix it all together, jar it, and you're good to go. Add more spice to taste, or even a sweetener of your choice (honey, sugar, agave) if you'd like. Since this salsa is made with mostly fresh ingredients, it won't keep as long as traditional store-bought salsa, so be sure to use it within reasonable amount of time. It's so tasty that I doubt you'll have a problem with that.
Refrigerate and serve with chips or whatever else your heart desires.
What is your favorite spicy food?
If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!