1st Place Salsa in the Texas State Fair

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  1. Theoretical

    Theoretical Puritan Board Professor

    So, one of the managers at my law firm urged me to enter the Salsa contest of the Tex-Mex competition at the Texas State Fair yesterday. My entry, which is a modified version of my dad's and my recipe, ended up winning 1st place, and will probably be in the state fair cookbook.

    Here's the recipe:

  2. turmeric

    turmeric Megerator

    Sounds delicious!
  3. ANT

    ANT Puritan Board Junior

    Very Cool!
    I'm a salsa lover ... sounds great!
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    :agree: Congrats!
  6. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Congratulations Scott; sounds really good.
  7. Richard King

    Richard King Puritan Board Senior

    that is AWESOME. In Texas that makes you royalty.
  8. Gryphonette

    Gryphonette Moderator

    Wowzers! Now that is impressive!

    Texas does love its salsa, so yours must be stellar indeed. Looking forward to trying it....thanks for the recipe.
  9. Augusta

    Augusta Puritan Board Doctor

    Wow!! And we get the recipe too. God bless you for that it sounds really good. :D
  10. caddy

    caddy Puritan Board Senior


    This looks wonderful! Definately going to write this recipe down and give it a try! Thanks :up:

  11. No Longer A Libertine

    No Longer A Libertine Puritan Board Senior

    I call your bluff, you popped open a jar of Pace Picante and passed it off as your own and since the guy next to you brought his recipe from "New York City!" the judges favored you instantly.;):smug::p
  12. tdowns

    tdowns Puritan Board Junior


    I love salsa!!!:cheers2:
  13. Dena

    Dena Puritan Board Freshman


    where does one purchase fire roasted diced tomatoes (preferably Muir Glen Organic) and seeded canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce?

    I've looked for things like these at Walmart and can't find them.
  14. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    Wow! I love that kind of food and am looking forward to trying it.
  15. Theoretical

    Theoretical Puritan Board Professor


    Tomatoes are one of the few things I've found where the organic brands tend to be a notch above regular ones in terms of canning. For these, I'd recommend a Whole Foods Market or an upscale grocery store. However, just regular diced tomatoes are fine.

    For the chipotles, that may be trickier. If there's any Hispanic areas in Jackson, shop at a grocery store in those areas for the chipotles. Alternatively, you might also have better success looking at the upscale stores. Wal-Marts tend to be very well-tuned for their respective local markets, so you may not have much success in that regard there.

    However, in lieu of shopping in person, Amazon.com comes through yet again. Now that I've realized they sell these, I might actually still be able to retain a resemblance of my Mexican-influenced cooking even if I go somewhere far away from Texas. :)

    Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes

    La Costena Chipotles in Adobo Sauce
  16. Rev. Todd Ruddell

    Rev. Todd Ruddell Puritan Board Junior

    Woo-Hoo! When do I get to try it out for myself?

    Great job Scott! I hope it's HOT! :mad:
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2007
  17. Theoretical

    Theoretical Puritan Board Professor

    This recipe isn't particularly hot, but if you want make it that way, just leave the seeds and veins in some of the chipotles.

    Alternatively, substitute all of the chipotles for 7 seeded fresh jalapenos and 1 seeded habanero and 1/2 unseeded habanero (or more).
  18. Beth Ellen Nagle

    Beth Ellen Nagle Puritan Board Senior

    congratulations! looks like a great salsa. I would love to try it. :up:
  19. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Would love to pour some on a batch of eggs.:D


    Winning first place for salsa in that big of a State means something big. You need to patent the formula and sell it.:up:
  20. puritanpilgrim

    puritanpilgrim Puritan Board Junior

    I'm making it right now.:pilgrim:
  21. Theoretical

    Theoretical Puritan Board Professor

    Let me know what you think of it.
  22. etexas

    etexas Puritan Board Doctor

    Scott...you NEED to make a little trip to T-town and I will grill some flank steak...you do a batch of that salsa and we can do some fajitas! ;)
  23. puritanpilgrim

    puritanpilgrim Puritan Board Junior


    I thought it was great. I left the seeds in and it wasn't too hot.
  24. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian


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