Monday, October 23, 2017

Joey's Pumpkin Salsa

 This one is as surprisingly delicious as it is unexpected. I'm the first in line when it comes to pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, but I'm sure I've never thought of doing a pumpkin SALSA! And guess what!?!? It's absolutely DELISH!!! It has a few of your regular salsa ingredients but then it also has pumpkin and cinnamon too! Who knew?? Whodathunkit? Seriously, it really does work! I had a few friends over for a pumpkin themed dinner and movie, and they immediately LOVED it! They could instantly tell that it was PUMPKIN, but it still tastes like salsa! Crazy, right?? I think that tiny little bit of cinnamon is what makes it. It's really good!!!
 So if you're having a party, or just a simple movie night with a few friends, give the unexpected a try! The pumpkin fans in your life will thank you for it!

olive oil
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
2 10oz cans diced tomatoes with chilis
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and membranes removed, minced
1 cup purchased salsa (your choice of hot or mild)
1 15oz can pumpkin puree
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, (or to taste)
Small handful of fresh cilantro, chopped

Add a couple tbs of olive oil to a small sauce pan. Add minced onions and garlic. Gently saute until they begin to soften. Remove from heat. Add to a large mixing bowl, along with all remaining ingredients. Stir until well combined. Chill until ready to serve with your choice of chips.

-If you are not a fan of cilantro, just use fresh parsley!!!
-The next time I make this, I'll definitely add a can of whole kernel corn. I would have added it this time, but I didn't happen to have any on hand. You could also add a can of (drained and rinsed) black beans.

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