Sunday, January 29, 2012

Taco chips and salsa

Ingredients for taco chips:

Servings: 6

• 1 cup whole kernel corn or 1 cup creamed corn
• 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
• 1/2 cup red peppers or 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
• 1 tablespoon onion, chopped
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
• salt


1. In a blender or food processor, blend together all ingredients at high speed.
2. Spread mixture thinly onto Fruit Roll Sheets.
3. Dry at 130° for approximately 10 hours or until dry on one side.
4. Lift entire corn ring off of Fruit Roll Sheet, turn over and dry for two hours longer or until crisp.
5. Break into pieces.

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Ingredients for salsa:

Servings 6-8

• 3 medium tomatoes, diced
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/4 red onions or 1/4 sweet onion, diced
• 1 jalapeno, diced (4-6 jarred jalapeno pepper slices, diced, depending on how you like the heat)
• 1/2 lime
• salt
• pepper
• 1 teaspoon dried cilantro (1 small fistful fresh, shredded)


1. Put tomatoes in container with garlic, onion, and jalapenos and stir together. If using the jar jalapenos add a little splash of juice from jar of jalapeno slices.
2. Squirt lime juice on and stir. Add cilantro.
3. Add salt, pepper, and any other seasonings to taste. Refrigerate and let "marinate" for a little while for flavors to incorporate. Enjoy!

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When making the food, I found the chips and salsa very easy and fun. The chips basically just required everything being put into a blender and the salsa needed lots of chopping. I modified the salsa recipe a bit because I don't like jalapeno peppers because they are too spicy for me. That was the only change I made to either of the recipes because I like everything else in them. I think that the reason I didn't like the chips was because of the dehydrating and I'm not used to that flavor.

I made both the chips and the salsa so they could be served together, but I ended up not being able to serve the salsa because I added too much water back to it to rehydrate it. After this attempt, Mr.Brouwer told me to measure the amount I was dehydrating and add water to make that same amount again when you rehydrate. This made my second go of salsa work a lot better and the salsa was good, but the chips were not. I would definitely recommend the salsa to others, but not the chips. It was fun to try something new though, and I’m glad I got the chance to redeem myself with the salsa.

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