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Look! There is an American football-thingy this weekend! Sometimes people make an abundance of snacky-type foods and pile people into their living rooms for this yearly affair. This year I won’t be having my typical get-together, so the next best thing is to randomly post my favorite salsa recipe on yon internets.

We have this joint that is an hour away, and coincidentally is in the Big City where Maxim works. The long and the short of it is, they are a sit-down place with no drive-thru and my beloved got sick of stopping there after work. He got into the kitchen to figure out their Magical Salsa-ey Concoction so it could be made in fourteen-gallon batches, effectively shutting me up and wowing all people that happen to circle the Salsa Trough with me.  Okay, here we go:

Best! Salsa! Ever!!1!

+ 32oz (4 cups) peeled, diced tomatoes (we’ve used both home canned and commercially canned maters and both are a-okay)
+ 1 tbsp salt (sometimes I dial this back a little, but not much)
+ 2 tbsp white vinegar  (you also can use the juice from a jar of sliced jalapenos)
+ 2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
+ half of one medium onion, diced smallish
+ two to three cloves of garlic, depending on their size
+ one bunch of cilantro

Throw everything but the garlic and cilantro into a bowl, mix together well. Peel and dice the garlic; stir into the mix. Take one-half to two-thirds of the cilantro (depending on the size of the bunch, really), chop the leafy parts up well (but don’t pulverize them or nothin’), including their stem portions and then stir that cilantro in.

Ta-daaaa! You’re done; so simple. You can eat it straight from the bowl after prepping and it’s delicious, but if you’ll refrigerate it for a few hours –or even a full day!– it becomes phenomenal, and that’s all anyone can ask for in a salsa. We usually consume what we make within a week, so I know it’s refrigerator-stable for at least that long.

GO TEAM WHICHEVER YOU’RE ROOTING FOR. I don’t have a dog in this year’s fight, but I’d like to hear who you have your money or heart invested in.