Base:salsa web

2 tblsp. olive oil in saute pan
4 cloves garlic – chopped
1 habanero chili (or 3 Thai chilis…or any type / combination of hot peppers that you like) – finely chopped

Saute garlic and peppers in oil just long enough that you start to smell the aromas
(garlic should be slightly browned …turn off heat before it burns).  Remove from heat.

to the sauted oil, garlic & peppers add

1 can tomato sauce – set aside to cool

4 stalks celery
1 large yellow or white onion
1 carrot
3 or 4 bell peppers
6 or more large fresh tomatoes
2 bunches fresh cilantro
juice and zest from 5 limes
salt & pepper to taste
1 tblsp. cumin seeds

Pour sauce base over chopped vegetables and mix.

Great freshly made…but even better after sitting over night!

Lisa’s notes:  Salsa…. I have been known to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I love mexican food and can tell in the first few moments if a restaurant is good by their salsa; if it is awesome, then the rest of the food usually is too.

My favorite salsa of all time is Casa Lupe’s.  My parents first took me to a restaurant that was in Gridley, CA when I was a child. Since then I have eaten mexican food all over and have yet to discover a salsa that’s better.  ….I have often contemplated applying for a job there so I could learn their salsa secrets!  This recipe is the culmination of many years of experimentation in attempts to match Casa Lupe’s awesome salsa.

Grandma’s One Step Tamale Pie

1 lb ground beefmexico
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
Cook all above in large skillet till done

2 8oz cans seasoned tomato sauce
1 cup chicken broth or milk
2 eggs beaten
1 12 oz can whole corn
1/2 cup sliced olives
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. salt

A few dashes of hot pepper sauce to taste.

To the cooked beef in skillet, add tomato sauce, corn, olives, hot sauce, chili powder & salt. Stir till will mixed.

In a bowl beat eggs, add milk and beat again, then add cornmeal and stir well.

Pour in skillet of warm beef mixture and mix well, pour into casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.