Cooking Corner: Enjoy a zesty snack with fresh heirloom tomato pico de gallo

Whether in the middle of a long study session or watching a movie with friends, this pico de gallo is a great, healthy snack. Pico de Gallo is a type of salsa made with fresh, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro. Heirloom tomatoes add an extra element with vibrant colors, shapes, and above all, flavor. The salsa can be made with red tomatoes as well, but make sure they are the large beefsteak types that are meaty and juicy. It can also be made with dehydrated cilantro, onion powder, and garlic powder, but the fresh ingredients add more zest. Be forewarned, it is very addicting and you might not want to share.

2 cups chopped drained tomatoes (about 6 large tomatoes)
1 jalapeno
1/8 onion
1-2 stems cilantro
2 cloves of garlic
1 bag of tortilla chips

Rinse the tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro in a colander. Dice the tomatoes to about ½ inch cubes and place in a colander to drain the excess juice. Add to bowl. Slice the jalapenos and dice them finely or to preference, repeat for the onion, and add them to the bowl. Add 2 cloves of garlic, either diced very finely or put through a press. Tear off the leaves of cilantro into the bowl. Add salt to taste. Mix the ingredients together and chill, if preferred. The salsa tends to get spicier and stronger the longer it settles. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

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