Recipe Idea: Fresh tomato salsa (Pico de Gallo)
Having the most frugal grocery budget in the world isn’t going to help you any if you can’t put together at least a few healthy, tasty, and cheap eats! Every few weeks, The Outlier Model features a cheap recipe idea, along with the cost breakdown.
With the abundance of tomatoes that we’ve harvested from our garden, I have been incorporating fresh tomatoes into more of our meals. Lemon Boys, Mr. Stripey, Oxheart, and Juliettes have all been finding their way into our weekly meals. One of my favourite new tomato dishes to make is fresh salsa. Salsa goes great with chips, scrambled eggs, and tacos. It keeps well for a few days in the fridge. And when you make it fresh at home, it’s actually pretty healthy. (Brian’s note: A co-worker originally from El Paso, Texas on the Mexican border recently mentioned this recipe is also called Pico De Gallo in Mexican cuisine)
Fresh tomato salsa
- 1 to 1.5 lb tomatoes, chopped into small chunks ($1 – or free from the garden!)
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped ($0.25)
- 1 jalepeno, finely chopped ($0.25)
- 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped ($0.10)
- 1 tsp salt (< $0.05)
- Juice of 1/4 lime ($0.10)
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and then chill it in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour. Serve with your favourite dish!
Cost per serving: $0.45
Frugal hack: Tomatoes are pretty easy to grow! If you can get your tomatoes from the garden, this salsa literally costs cents to make.
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