Blender Salsa 6 Ways (and Beyond!)
Break Out the Blender
Salsas can be a tangy relish to serve with grilled chicken or fish, add a picante kick to braised or stewed dishes, or bring a herbaceous freshness to charred tortillas (or, of course, chips!). Start with a blender (and our easy, mix-and-match ingredient combos), and you can achieve silky-smooth or chunky salsas in a flash.
By Angela Carlos for Food Network Kitchen; photography by Karen Cohen
Cracking the Salsa Code
Salsas add balanced vibrancy to whatever they accompany — but "balanced" doesn't mean there's only one way to make them. Here are the five tastes that make up each of our blender salsas. Start with our recipes, but then have fun experimenting with different ingredient combos.
Main ingredient: tomatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, tomatillos, roasted red peppers, mango, bell pepper and corn
Heat: fresh jalapenos, charred jalapenos and poblano peppers
Herbs: cilantro (or parsley, if you prefer)
Onion-y Flavor: white onions, red onions, scallions and garlic
Tang: lime and salt
Corn Blender Salsa
Swap out the typical red-tomato base in this corn number. Although yellow tomatoes help provide a little bulk to this recipe, their mild acidity showcases the sweeter kernels of corn. This salsa is simply perfect for pouring over spice-rubbed flank steak.
Get the Recipe: Corn Blender Salsa
Fire-Roasted Tomato Blender Salsa
Believe it: Canned tomatoes are ideal for salsas no matter the season. The sugars in the tomatoes balance the sharper flavors of the raw red onion and garlic in this recipe. Plus, the fire-roasted flavor delivers a pleasant char (without an extra step).
Get the Recipe: Fire Roasted Tomato Blender Salsa
Mango Blender Salsa
This sweet-and-spicy salsa is filled with contrasting flavors and textures. Reserving some of the mango, bell pepper and scallion to stir in at the end is the key to a super-chunky blender salsa. Don’t worry about the perfect dice; your guests will be scooping up this dip too quickly to notice your knife skills.
Get the Recipe: Mango Blender Salsa
Blender Pico de Gallo
Pico de gallo is known for its fresh flavor. Fresh tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, onion and lime juice come together in one bright, balanced bite. Just pulse the blender to keep that chunkier texture, then scoop up the salsa with warm, salted tortilla chips.
Get the Recipe: Blender Pico de Gallo
Roasted Red Pepper Blender Salsa
This salsa is sweet, smoky and just a little bit spicy. Good thing it whips up in mere minutes; we're betting you'll have to frequently replenish your chips and salsa platter.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Pepper Blender Salsa
Blender Salsa Verde
Charred tomatillos add smokiness to this refreshing, vibrant green salsa. It just begs to be spooned over a plate of carnitas.
Get the Recipe: Blender Salsa Verde