The BaseI generally use a base of white onion, purple onion (actually red onions, I call them "purple onions" because they look more purple to me) and cilantro and spices such as garlic salt (or garlic powder), lemon pepper, and coriander. I don't even know what amounts I use. I always just throw a bunch of it into the salsa maker I bought at the Orange County Swap Meet about four years ago then fine tune as I make a batch.
The other ingredient for the salsa base is some sort of hot pepper. Lately I have been using Anaheim chiles. They seem to have just the right amount of spiciness for me and for mixed crowds. I cut off each end, slice it up a little, then dice it in the salsa maker, then roast it in a frying pan with some extra virgin olive oil. Stop cooking it just after it starts getting burnt then mix it in with the rest of the base. You can roast other ingredients for your salsa as you so choose but the only other ingredient you might do this with would be the onions.
Finally, twist some lime juice into the base for a tangy kick. In summary the base contains the following:
- onions (white and purple)
- lime juice
Key IngredientsWhatever key ingredient you choose is going to give your salsa most of its character. The most traditional is obviously tomato. Whenever I make salsas for a group I always make sure there is the traditional tomato salsa. I believe what I have been using lately is hothouse tomatoes. Just dice them up and add to the base. Other key ingredients I have used are:
- papaya/black bean
- honeydew/garbanzo bean
Good luck with your salsa experimentation and let me know if you have any further questions or if you have any success to report.