Real Texas Salsa

by Ramona Werst on January 18, 2009

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In Real Texas we love Salsa and Chips.  This is a chunky recipe that is really great with chips.  Chips and salsa during the ballgame?  It just doesn’t get much better than that!

I’m going to show you how simple it is to make Real Texas Salsa.  I usually make a large batch, and put into smaller containers and freeze!  When you thaw, there is a little more juice, but if you strain off the juice and add a little water, boil, add rice, you have a simple version of Spanish Rice.  I’ll have the recipe in another post.

Tip: To remove the seeds from your Jalapenos wear gloves at all times.  You can also use a potato peeler to scrape out the seeds.  Video is in the recipe ‘Real Texas Stuffed Jalapenos’

Real Texas Salsa


Real Texas Salsa

1 cup finely diced Jalapenos
1 medium onion finely diced
2 garlic cloves minced
1 large package grape or cherry tomatoes finely diced
Salt and pepper to taste
chopped Cilantro is optional
1 juice from fresh lime (this actually acts as a preservative)


Mix all ingredients, except the lime juice, in a bowl and place in microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Stir and cook on high for an additional 5 minutes.  Add the lime juice. Chill in refrigerator overnight.

Serve with tortilla chips.

David said, “Ramona gets in the chop. chop,chopping mode and I know something good is coming out of the kitchen.  We do take a break from our blogs and writing  every now and then, and good Real Texas food is what we like.”

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WarthogNo Gravatar January 19, 2009 at 10:33 am

Got to be better than that stuff made in NEW YORK CITY!


Roma McKandles McCarleyNo Gravatar January 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm

A friend at work sent me this and the name on the end caught my attention. Is this the David Werst formerly known as the Big Lake Wildcat, David Werst.


Ron CameronNo Gravatar January 19, 2009 at 8:01 pm

I’d probably add a half teaspoon of sugar

& a dash or 2 of cumin powder — but it will be

great just as posted


SammieNo Gravatar January 20, 2009 at 9:49 am

Here’s my recipe, no amounts, just ingredients, amounts are to your taste.
Fresh jalapenos
fresh onion
fresh garlic
fresh or canned whole tomatoes.
chunk it in the food processor
add the juice of a fresh lime, some oil, S&P and a dash of oregano.
If you cook it, it lasts about 2 1/2 weeks, without cooking, about a week.
You can also freeze it and then heat it up.
Add fresh celantro when it’s cooled down.
I used to sell this salsa to a restaurant. I use the OMG size of canned whole tomatoes and it makes just a tad short of a gallon.


WarthogNo Gravatar January 21, 2009 at 10:51 am

Since salsa and chips go so well with a margarita, I mix the tequila into the salsa. First, go buy the largest bottle and best drinking tequila available. Drink a shot to test it for flavor. Peel twelve large tomakoes and chop into smallll peces. Drink another large shot of tequila to test for favor. Kchop up twelve havolina peppers into tiny peiceses. Test the flavor of the takila again. Blend the matoes and the heppers in a large bold and add a cup of the tahila, after once again tasting it for hits flaver. Two shots shud give yu and idea. Peal 6 BIG onions, chup fineely, add tu tomaters nd peapers, along with nother kup of tokila. Test tha tokila tu se if it has retained fluvor? Cook themixture for one our on lowe eat. wile kooking, finishe th buttle uf itakila. I gurontee u will luv thes solsa.


davidNo Gravatar January 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm

That was funny! Sounds like some of the tamale making sessions Joe David and I have participated around the holidays. Makes Ramona REAL proud to observe it all.


SammieNo Gravatar January 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm

The tequila sounds better than the salsa! lmao!


Rusty -- Law West of the GuadalupeNo Gravatar January 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Now David, you know when you start talking about real TEXAS foods you are going to get some differing opinions about how to make it — especially salsa. I love your blog and read it religiously, and I do not know you or Ramona, so I hope that what I am going to say will not offend either of you; but when you are talking about real TEXAS salsa do you think you ought to use words like “minced” and “finely diced”? — me neither!

Anyway, here’s my recipe:
1 fistfull of cilantro
10+ cloves of garlic
1+ inch slice of medium onion
6+ peppers [jalapeno, serrano, or your choice]
2 small cans of tomato sauce
4-5 shakes of chili powder
1 t comino
1-2 shakes of celery salt
Couple of shallots including all the green tops
1 tomatillo
Salt, salt and more salt
Fill up the food processor and chop the @%#& out of it.


davidNo Gravatar January 22, 2009 at 6:21 pm

You’re right Rusty…..Ramona did the recipe and she’s one of those Arizona yankees….Arizona, that’s over in far West Texas as I recall. But mind you, I’m not complainin’ about the cook. She’s done ok so far, but we’re gonna try your salsa next. Sounds GREAT! Then we’ll try Warthog’s recipe and mix it all up with Sammie’s!!


WarthogNo Gravatar January 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I can tell you for certain that REAL Texas salsa has more than a 1+ inch slice of a medium onion. Must have been a typo. Probably meant a 1+ slice out of ten medium onions. And NO TOMATOES. My God, this sounds like that stuff made in NEW YORK CITY.

Rusty, surely you aren’t a native TEXAN.


Rusty -- Law West of the GuadalupeNo Gravatar January 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Thanks Warthog. The last sentence should have included “with tomatoes”, so it reads “Fill up the food processor with tomatoes and chop the @#%$ out of it.” Try it, you’ll like it.

My great, great, great grandfather didn’t get here until 1825, but who’s counting.


davidNo Gravatar January 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Your great grandfather was a citizen of the Republic then. Very cool!


WarthogNo Gravatar January 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm

That makes it a little closer to Texas salsa. Mine wouldn’t taste like yours however since I would add CONSIDERABLY more onions (one of the healthiest foods on this earth) than that, and leave out the cilantro. I don’t like that in anything. Taste like soap to me.


Ramona WerstNo Gravatar May 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Just updated recipe with a video clip! Let me know what you think please.


Rusty -- Law West of the GuadalupeNo Gravatar May 18, 2009 at 8:23 pm

I like the videos Ramona. Keep ’em coming.


davidNo Gravatar May 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Thanks we will!


SammieNo Gravatar May 19, 2009 at 8:47 am

great video, only difference between your salsa and mine is, I add some oil, lime juice and celantro.
I can’t wait for the spanish rice video.


John SingletaryNo Gravatar May 21, 2009 at 9:58 pm


Thanks, I tried it and it was gone in no time. Next time I will make a bigger batch.

John Singletary


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