My garden continues to produce plenty of tomatillos and when paired with fresh sweet corn, cilantro and seasonings, it makes a wonderful salsa. I’ve also used it to top my favorite Papusas from the Farmer’s Market. It wold also be wonderful paired with chicken or fish. A new favorite!
CORN AND TOMATILLO SALSA
4 ears fresh corn kernels
2 seeded and finely chopped jalapeno peppers
4 cups husked, chopped tomatillos
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons fresh, chopped cilantro
In a large skillet, combine the corn kernels and jalapeño peppers. Cook and stir for 10 minutes, until the jalapeños are soft.
Add the tomatillos, green pepper, onions, lime juice, water and coriander to the corn and jalapeño mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat. Cool. Stir in cilantro.
Cool salsa in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Last year was the first time I ever planted tomatillos plants in my garden. While my tomatoes struggled last year, the tomatillos went crazy and they are even crazier this year given all of the summer rain in Colorado.
My first try at tomatillos salsa went the easy – route and it was delicious. I froze a few bags for winter enjoyment, too! I plan to branch out this year and try a few other recipes, too!
GREEN TOMATILLO SALSA
8 ounces (5-6 medium) tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1 jalapeno (or 2 serranos), stemmed
5-6 sprigs fresh cilantro (thick stemmed removed), roughly chopped
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
salt to taste
Chop the tomatillos and the jalapeño.
In a blender or food processor, combine the tomatillos, jalapeño, cilantro and 1/4 cup water. Process to puree, then scrape into a serving dish.
Our family was gathering for a late Sunday afternoon dinner and Mexican food was planned. I needed a good starter but wanted something that wasn’t high fat/high calorie. I have had 7 layer dip many times and this is a low cal twist to that recipe. I used 2 cups of refried beans and 1 cup salsa for the bottom layer and otherwise, used the recipe as below.
It was a great little dip and I like it served with vegetables (especially Jicama) along with the chips.
MEXICAN LAYERED DIP
1 cup refried beans, vegetarian/low-fat
1/2 cup salsa
1-1/2 cups low-fat Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
2 avocados, pitted, peeled & mashed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
juice from 1/2 lime
1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup sliced black olives
raw vegetables spears; red/yellow/orange bell peppers, jicama, daikon radish, carrots, celery, etc.
tortilla chips or strips
In small bowl, combine and stir beans and salsa. In separate bowl, combine and stir Greek yogurt and taco seasoning. In third bowl, combine and stir mashed avocado, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Use a 8×8″ pan or bowl or similar size. Place bean mixture on the bottom, guacamole in the middle, yogurt mixture on top; smoothing each into an even layer using the tip of a table knife.
Sprinkle on toppings: shredded cheese, tomatoes, onions, olives. Top with a sprig of cilantro. May be assembled, covered, and refrigerated up to 6 hours in advance. Serve with veggie spears and/or tortilla chips.
Raspberries have always been my favorite fruit. My Mother grew red and black raspberries on the farm. When we moved into our home in 1988 we, too, planted red raspberries in our yard. Very few raspberries make their way into the house, instead being consumed right there on the spot.
Through the years I’ve tasted several wonderful commercial raspberry salsas and it was time to make one from scratch. Several recipes call for tomatoes but I’m a raspberry purist and didn’t want to ruin the tart, tangy goodness of fresh raspberries.
The salsa was good with tortilla chips (I’m thinking a cinnamon chip would be great with it!) and as a side to fresh grilled salmon. The salsa would be wonderful with a grilled or broiled chicken breast as well.
Our summer bounty will fast come to a close so enjoy while you can! Also try the fresh peach or tomato salsas:
Tortilla roll-ups have been a favorite of mine since the early ’80s. It’s fun to experiment and add ingredients that appeal to your specific taste. Daughter, Megan, made these for Sarah’s baby shower earlier this spring, adding Iowa dried beef (not the canned stuff) to the delight of our guests.
A chilled tortilla roll-up would be a great summer snack or sandwich replacement.
SOUTHWESTERN ROLL UPS
5 large flour tortillas (we used spinach tortillas)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
4 ounces chopped green chiles, drained
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces sour cream
1/2 pound Cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
dried beef, corned beef, turkey (optional)
salsa, sour cream, guacamole
Combine green onions, green chiles, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese and salt and pepper with an electric mixer until combined. Spread mixture thinly and evenly over tortillas to within 1/8-inch of edge.
Place slices of dried beef, corned beef or turkey on top (optional).
Roll up and wrap each tortilla in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for a minimum of an hour or as long as overnight.
Immediately before serving, slice in 3/4 inch rounds and arrange on serving plate. Serve with salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream.
Pal Maribeth first introduced me to this wonderful pizza. I love the combination of flavors and how easy (and relatively healthy) it is! The recipe can be modified to be vegan or gluten-free.
I baked the pizza on my pizza stone and found the baking time doubled. Bake until the bottom of the crust is light brown before removing from the oven to add the toppings and bake again.
1 can spicy fat-free, vegetarian refried beans
1 cup salsa
18 inch pizza crust
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
4 medium thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
1 cup crushed tortilla chips (add more as desired)
1 cup shredded pepper jack or Monterey Jack cheese (or more if desired)
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix beans and 1/2 cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place crust on cookie sheet, then spread the bean mixture over crust. Bake until crisp, about 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, top with lettuce and green onions. Dollop with remaining salsa. Drizzle ranch dressing over. Top with chips and cheese. Bake approximately 2 minutes longer until cheese melts.
Cool slightly. I added fresh chopped avocado to the top with bowls of sour cream and salsa to add as the guests desire. Slice and serve.
I love quinoa! There, I’ve said it. I love quinoa salad and always looking for new ways to cook with this protein-rich, healthy grain. This Mexican Quinoa Casserole is now an honored member of my recipe collection. I made the recipe without the ground beef and taco seasoning, enjoying every wonderful bite! If you are vegan, make it without the ground beef and substitute a vegan cheese. If you’re a meat lover, go for the whole enchilada…um, I mean casserole!
MEXICAN QUINOA CASSEROLE
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 14.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup canned corn
1/4 cup green chiles
1/4 cup salsa
1/3 cup broth (vegetable or chicken)
1 cup toasted quinoa
1 pound lean ground beef (optional)
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix (optional)
3/4 cup water (optional)
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
chopped fresh cilantro
wedge of fresh limes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix together the tomatoes, black beans, corn, chiles, salsa, broth, and quinoa. Pour into a greased 2 quart baking dish and cover with baking lid or foil.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and stir and bake another 30 minutes.
While the quinoa is baking, brown the ground beef. Add taco seasoning and water. Simmer until water has evaporated. Stir in beef mixture with quinoa mixture. Top with grated cheese and brown under the broiler.
Serve with sides of sour cream, fresh cilantro and lime wedges.
My brother and his wife told me about this dish 20+ years ago and I collected the recipe but never made it…until…this summer. I had the great fortune of attending a yoga retreat in Copper Mountain Colorado this summer with wonderful gal pals. Our friend, Sue, made this dish for dinner one evening served with a salad and fruit and VOILA…it was a hit.
This dish is so easy and so tasty….my mouth is watering. My grown daughters and significant others are also in love with this dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Only three ingredients. Can you believe it? You won’t be disappointed!
GREEN CHILE PIE
7 ounce can of green chiles
3/4 pound shredded, Monterey Jack Cheese
Grease a pie plate. Spread chiles in bottom of pie plate. Shred cheese and spread over the chiles. Beat 4 eggs and pour evenly over the cheese.
Bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour. Cut into wedges or squares and serve with any of the following: salsa, sour cream, fresh cilantro, guacamole.
My dear sweet friend and neighbor, Maribeth, made this dish for our family the summer of 1997. We had several family members in town and they were crazy for this dish. My step-daughter Karen, even had the leftovers for breakfast the next day.
It has since become a family favorite, any time of year. After Thanksgiving, I freeze any leftover turkey to use specifically for this casserole. Leftover chicken would work equally as well. I often make the casserole the day before and let the dish rest and enhance the flavors.
This would be a great dish for Super Bowl parties!
TURKEY ALA MUMBA
1 pound cooked turkey or chicken (3 cups)
2 15 oz. cans black beans, drained
2 medium onions, chopped
7 ounce can diced mild green chiles
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped or 1 T. dried
1 pound low fat Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese, grated
12 6″ corn tortillas, cut in half
Preheat oven to 350F. Set aside 1/2 cup black beans. Combine turkey, remainder of black beans, onions, chiles, soup, stock, garlic and spices.
Layer 12 tortilla halves in 9×13″ pan. Cover with half of mixture, sprinkle on half of cheese. Repeat layers of tortillas, mixture and cheese. Sprinkle reserved black beans across top.
Bake 45 minutes until cheese is brown. Serve with sour cream and salsa. Freezes well if you are lucky enough to have leftovers!
Every year I plant a vegetable garden with several varieties of tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggplant, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, cilantro, basil, rosemary and thyme. 2011 was not my best year in the garden. Tomatoes were late to set but were coming on strong just in time for the first frost. I picked all of the green tomatoes and brought them in the house to ripen. Today is the day that this last memory of summer will create a wonderful fresh tomato salsa to share with neighbors and family this weekend.
Salsa is wonderful with chips but also a great topping for fresh fish, chicken, or even to dress a salad. Or if you’re desperate for salsa, just eat it with a spoon! My husband and I once observed a gentleman in a restaurant simply take the bowl of free salsa, crush in the free chips for his version of Gazpacho and then leave. I’m not a fan of that behavior, but what you do in the privacy of your own home is your business!
FRESH TOMATO SALSA
4 small (2 cups) tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Cilantro
1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
1 tablespoon vinegar
8 ounces tomato sauce