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Easy Blender Salsa

I received the Ninja Kitchen System 1200 for my birthday.  The boys and I pulled it out of the box today and for it’s first test run we whipped up a batch of this salsa recipe I found on Pinterest.  If you’ve been around this blog long, you know that my family doesn’t just eat salsa, we inhale it.  It just so happened that A.T. came home for lunch today, so this one batch was gone in less time than it took to make it.  We didn’t have the ambition to do our salsa garden this year, so I was excited to find this recipe calling for canned tomatoes instead of fresh ones.

Going from my $15 12-year-old Oster blender to the Ninja 1200 was quite the contrast.  The boys and I all crowded around as I pressed the start button for the first time, and when we heard that purring sound as its blades cut through onions, diced tomatoes and garlic like a hot knife through butter, an applause broke out.  Perhaps the boys are mostly just excited to know that they won’t have to listen to their mom cursing the blender under her breath as she beats it against the counter and splatters food all over the cabinets anymore.  Or maybe they’re excited that they won’t find shards of wood and plastic accidentally incorporated in their smoothies when she tried to shove all the frozen fruit down into the blade with wooden spoons and plastic spatulas.  Mostly, they’re probably just happy to see their mom happy–they’re sweet boys like that.

The flagship salsa batch was such a hit that my 10-year-old actually thanked God for the opportunity to make it while blessing the food at dinner tonight.  Then, when A.T. went around the table at dinner asking everybody’s high-low for the day, several people mentioned the homemade salsa as their high.  Did I mention we like salsa in our family?  We definitely like this salsa.

Other things I whipped up in the Ninja 1200 today?  Two batches of salad dressing, one batch of chocolate-banana smoothie, one batch of fudge popsicles, and another batch of salsa for lunch tomorrow.  Hopefully those other recipes will come in another post.  I still haven’t done a frozen fruit smoothie in the Ninja 1200, so I can’t attest to its smoothie skills yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know when I do.

For today, I’m including the salsa recipe, courtesy of Mountain Mama Cooks (pretty fitting name, since I’m a mountain mama myself) and adding a printable recipe for my mini binders.  FYI: I omitted the Rotel, used a teaspoon of jarred garlic instead of fresh, substituted basil and parsley from my herb pot for the cilantro, use hot chili sauce in place of a jalapeno, used curry powder instead of cumin, and used the juice of a lemon instead of a lime.  So, in other words, I used this recipe more as a guideline, but it was just because I didn’t have all these ingredients in my kitchen.  But, now you know just how flexible this salsa can be and still taste good!  Enjoy!

Easy Blender Salsa


  • 1- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1- 10 oz can orginal Rotel
  • 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2-1 jalapeno, seeded or not (depends on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • small to medium size handful of cilantro, washed
  • juice of 1 lime


Put all the ingredients in the base of a food processor or good blender and pulse to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingredients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste. Serve with chips or over tacos.

easy blender salsa printable

Check out this link for my printable recipe dividers that will work in any half sheet binders, including my mini binders.


Monthly Giveaway Reminder

Just a reminder to leave your comments on our September posts to be entered into a drawing for a $30 rbt bags gift basket at the end of the month!  We are doing this every month and your name gets entered for every comment you make!

Meanwhile, the boys and I are waiting on AT’s return from a week away on a business trip to Indonesia–suffice-it-to-say, we are excited to see him in a few hours and relieved to know that as we speak, he’s actually on U.S. soil.

The mini cantaloup from our garden

Here’s boy #5 with one of the cantaloup from our garden, yes, it really is as small as it looks.  But, it was fully ripe and fell off the vine, so we cut into tiny pieces and nibbled away at it.  We have four or five more growing, hoping they’ll be full-sized, then maybe we can actually fill up on them!  Our tomatoes from our salsa garden are done, the severe drought we had made them stop growing.  Now our salsa garden is a bunch of hot peppers (which apparently love hot, dry weather) with no salsa to put them in.  Oh well, maybe next year…

Full size seeds in a mini cantaloup!


It’s Salsa Time!

Harvesting the salsa vegetables

One of our biggest tomatoes so far

Reddened jalepeno, habenero and cayenne peppers

From the garden to the table, homemade salsa doesn’t get any fresher than this!

I would give you Anthony’s salsa recipe if I could, but I can’t. It’s not that it’s a big family secret, it’s that he really doesn’t have one. But, I will tell you what I know. I know that it consists of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, juice from a lime, garlic, salt, cilantro, and hot peppers (i.e. Jalepenos) to taste. He cuts the vegetables, puts them in our food processor and starts playing with it till he gets the flavor he’s looking for–he does have a certain order that he adds them to the food processor, but that gets beyond my range of expertise.



Flower Garden First Fruits

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Here are the first fruits of my flower garden, one zinnia and several gladiolus.  Looking forward to much more!



Salsa Garden Progress

Our tomato plants are growing up, so I staked and caged a bunch of them this week.  I can already taste the fresh homemade salsa in my mouth!


Salsa Garden Update

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Well, the salsa garden is in the ground.  We took the seedlings out of the cold frames a few weeks ago and have been slowly transplanting them into the ground ever since.  We’re hoping to be in full salsa-making-mode here soon!



Salsa Gardening Part 3

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The sun is shining…the birds are chirping…

The guys are putting the finishing touches on the cold frames



Salsa Garden Part II–update

Cold frames are a little behind schedule, but almost done.  Just need to attach the windows to the frames with hinges and add handles.

Seedlings are planted and waiting patiently on my kitchen counter for the completion of the cold frames.  When the cold frames are complete (and our current rainy weather has passed), they will go inside of the cold frames (and off my kitchen counters!) out in our garden where they can get warmed by the sun.

I will be sure to update you again when the seeds are outside (and did I mention, off my kitchen counter?) and in our completed cold frames!

See Salsa Gardening Part I if you’re just joining us now!


Salsa Gardening Part I

Salsa is a favorite in our family, second only to cereal.  As a result, despite all my efforts to the contrary, we are regular patrons of Chili’s because their bottomless chips and salsa appetizer is very cost-effective way to feed a ravenous group of salsa-crazed guys.  In fact, we eat so much of this delicacy that we suggest our Chili’s servers just go ahead and bring out a few refills worth at once to save themselves the hassle of all the trips back to the kitchen–the only server who ever doubted the sincerity of this suggestion regretted her decision later.