Brecken’s Blissful Bites: Salsa, Salsa and More Salsa!

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As I mentioned in my last “Brecken’s Blissful Bites” segment, nothing is too hard or has too many ingredients for this amazing chef. There is no way I’d spend two days in the kitchen for one meal. For Brecken, this is her unwind time and she loves every step of the process.

The menu came from her new favorite cookbook pictured below. She choose a “Fiesta” meal since we all adore Mexican food. My mouth is still watering from all the tasty morsels!

Here was the menu:

Pico de Gallo

Watermelon Pico de Gallo

Chipotle Salsa and Glorious Guacamole

Beef and Chicken Fajitas and Chimichurri Shrimp

Homemade Tortillas

Fiesta Black Beans and Zesty Lime Rice

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For Brecken’s Best Bites, I’m going share the three salsa recipes she prepared. It’s hard to say which was the best–they were all bursting with flavor!

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Straight-Up Pico de Gallo:

  • 12 roma tomatoes (slightly under ripened works)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced

Dice up equal quantities of tomatoes and onions. Roughly chop the cilantro.

Now, slice 1 or 2 jalapenos in half. With a spoon, scrape out the seeds. (If you like things spicy, leave in some of the white membranes.) Dice the jalapenos very finely; you want a hint of heat and jalapeno flavor, but you don’t want to cause any fires. Now dump the four ingredients into a bowl.

Slice the lime in half and squeeze the juice from half the lime into the bowl. Sprinkle with salt, and stir together until combined. Be sure to taste the pico de gallo and adjust the seasonings, adding salt or more diced jalapeno if needed.


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Chipotle Salsa:

  • One 10-15 ounce can diced tomatoes and green chiles, such as Rotel
  • Two 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 to 3 (depending on heat tolerance) chipotle peppers packed in adobo (sold in Hispanic section)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup lime juice

Combine the tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic, peppers, cumin, salt, sugar, pepper and lime juice in a blender or food processor. (This is a very large batch. I recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.)

Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like. I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.

Refrigerate the salsa for at least an hour before serving.

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Watermelon Pico de Gallo:

  • 1/2 whole Small Seedless watermelon, Diced
  • 1/2 whole red onion, Diced
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, Seeded And Diced
  • 1 whole green bell pepper, Seeded And Finely Diced
  • 1 whole yellow bell pepper, Seeded And Finely Diced
  • 2 whole Jalapeños, Seeded And Finely Diced
  • 1 whole Bunch cilantro, Chopped
  • 2 whole juice Of 1 to 2 limes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Throw all the ingredients into a large bowl and toss it together. Taste with a chip and adjust ingredients as needed.

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Hope you have a great weekend! Oh–and make some salsa for me! We just ran out!


P.S. Brecken ran out of time to make Baklava this week so I couldn’t photograph it. I’ll share this recipe soon–promise!

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11 Responses to “Brecken’s Blissful Bites: Salsa, Salsa and More Salsa!”

  1. Celeste B. says:

    These all sound good. Should there be chipotle (in adobo?) I’m the Chipotle salsa?

    • lisabearnson says:

      Oh Celeste! I shouldn’t organize my blog late at night! Yes–a very important ingredient was forgotten! Two recipes were melded into one and that’s how the mishap happened! The correct recipe is updated and ready for you to try!


  2. Cathy May says:

    What a wonderful young woman you have there! Hope she had a great birthday!

  3. Laurie H says:

    Wow! Tasty looking. Thanks for sharing. I copied these down!!!

    • lisabearnson says:


      So glad you like the recipes and are going to try them. I just changed the proportions of the ingredients a little so be sure to see the newer versions I just posted.

      Thanks for your support!

  4. Lynette B. says:

    Lisa, wow I’m impressed that your daughter made all that food…and how young she is! I learned to cook when I got married, and I do love it, but I’m more of a quick and easy kinda girl. I love making salsa too. Her varieties sound yummy! Thanks for sharing her talents with us too!

  5. Steph H. says:

    My daughter loves to cook too and the Pioneer Woman has so many great recipes. If you haven’t bought them for Brecken yet, get her the first two Pioneer Woman cookbooks. She also has a wonderful show on the Food Network on Saturday mornings.

    Sounds like a fun party your daughter planned! :-) and Happy Birthday to Brecken!

  6. Wendi says:

    I love the Pioneer Woman. I have tried many of her recipes from her cookbook. You must be so proud of Brecken! ♥

  7. mandyb says:

    oh yum!!!!!!!!!!!! now i want salsa!!!
    thanks for sharing

  8. Laura Payne says:

    Hey Brecken! We celebrated my birthday yesterday with a Mexican Feast as well! We had chicken taquitos (prepared by a friend who just happens to be of Mexican decent. They were yummy!), Mexican lasagna, burritos, layered dip, salsa (made by my friend), cheese dip, and pigs-in-a-blanket. It was all so good! We ended with German Chocolate Cake (I made it), chocolate cupcakes (made by Sela, my 7 year old granddaughter), and pineapple pudding (made by my mom.) It was a glorious day filled with my mom, kids and grandchildren.

  9. kat-in-texas says:

    Yummmm!!! Go, Brecken!!!!!

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