These days, salsa rivals ketchup as America's most popular condiment. No surprise there: Sometimes spicy, sometimes sweet and always tasty, salsa is the perfect compliment to...just about anything! Here are a few of our favorites, check out the recipes and mix up some batches for your Cinco de Mayo festivities.
Pico de Gallo
This raw Mexican medley of chiles, onions and tomatoes is most often served with tortilla chips. the name literally tranlates to "rooster's beak," rumored to be named after the shape of the chiles used to make it.
1 lb. ripe red tomatoes, finely diced (with juice)
½ cup finely diced white onion
½ cup seeded, finely diced cucumber
3 tbsp. chopped cilantro
4 serrano chiles, seeded and very finely diced
1½ tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. salt
In medium, nonreactive bowl, stir together all ingredients to combine. Adjust seasonings to taste. Let stand 30 minutes before serving with tortilla chips or using in any recipe that calls for fresh salsa. Makes about 2 ½ cups.