Peach Salsa

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I don’t buy into too many food trends, as you know. I don’t put lavender into ice cream, I don’t like rosemary in cocktails, I like lemongrass only in Thai food, and I don’t stick bacon into everything possible. It will probably be 20 more years before I ever make kale chips. No, I’ll probably never make them.

So years ago when I spotted peach salsa at a gourmet food store, I really surprised myself when I purchased it. I mean, peaches in tomato salsa? I don’t remember the brand, but it really was pretty tasty.

Being me, I knew I could make it even better. Not to say I’m that great of a cook, it’s just that anything home-made will beat anything jarred commercially.

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Anymore, peach salsa doesn’t really even sound very trendy. It’s become as commonplace as boysenberry barbecue sauce and the like.

The salsa works well with good canned tomatoes as well as fresh ones right out of the garden, but that peach needs to be ripe, so I only make it in the summer.

I serve this salsa slightly warmed. Oh, it’s good.

Peach Salsa

2 pounds of fresh ripe tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 peach, peeled, finely chopped
4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Have all of your tomatoes seeded and chopped before you start with this recipe. It doesn’t take long to make.

In a medium enameled pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir it in for about 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes.

After cooking for a minute, stir in the peach, cilantro, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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Give everything a stir, and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes. There should be little or no liquid in the salsa.

Add the apple cider vinegar, stir, and cook for about 1 minute.

Then add the lemon juice. Stir to distribute evenly.

Remove the pot from the stove and let cool slightly before serving.

This warm, slightly fruit-sweetened salsa is really good with tortilla chips. But it’s also good on a basic cheese quesadilla.

Try out this salsa if you’re skeptical like I once was. You’ll taste the peach and the touch of cinnamon, but also the ripe tomatoes with Mexican seasonings.

And think about how much less expensive this salsa is to make at home!

52 thoughts on “Peach Salsa

  1. Well hello Mimi!
    This is Teresa from Colorado…we met on out Scotland trip in 2012. You may gut enjoy trying American spoon foods cherry peach salsa out of Petoskey, Michigan.
    I’ve enjoyed following your blog since then.

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    • Oh my goodness Teresa! How are you? Your family was going through a really rough patch last time we were in contact. I hope everything has gotten better. I still have your business card, and my beautiful vase!

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  2. This sounds absolutely gorgeous, I can imagine it’s perfect with a beef or gammon steak. In the UK it’s common to make a pickle or chutney with stone fruit, most commonly plum. You can get peach or apricot chutney but I’ve never tried myself – I’ve just made greengage which was really nice. I would love to try this salsa with my next gammon steak 👏👏👏

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  3. Sounds right up my alley! And reading this I realised I haven’t had a single peach this summer yet. Do you make your own tortillas as well? Searched the blog but couldn’t find a recipe.

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  4. Hi Mimi! This reminds me of my mango salsa. My sister-in-law gave me the recipe, but the original called for peaches. I have only just begun to like peaches, so I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. While I definitely like lavender in ice cream, among other dishes, I am picky about fruit salsas. Will have to try this next time peaches are in season.

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  6. I’m a lot like you – although I did try kale chips and they were one of the most horrible things I’ve ever tasted, and I am willing and do make recipes with kale!! At any rate, I’m more apt to do wild experimenting with small things like salsas and love them with different fruits. Beautiful recipe.

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