Most jarred, canned, and bottled salsa and picante sauces sold in the United States in grocery stores are forms of salsa cruda or pico de gallo, and typically have a semi-liquid texture. To increase their shelf lives, these salsas have been cooked to a temperature of 175 °F (79 °C), and are thus not truly cruda (raw). Some have added vinegar, and some use pickled peppers instead of fresh ones. Tomatoes are strongly acidic by nature, which, along with the heat processing, is enough to stabilize the product for grocery distribution.

Pico de Gallo and I go way back! Hahaha… Yes, I can laugh about it now, but when I was 14 and 15 years old, one of my jobs on the weekends was to make huge batches of pico de gallo at my parents’ taqueria. I remember my Dad dragging me out of a sound sleep at 5 in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays to help him open up the taqueria. While my Dad was busy tending to the menudo and barbacoa, I was chopping away and trying to wake up at the same time… Now when I look back, I long for those days, that special time I spent with my Dad. And for me, I can’t have fresh salsa on my table without a fresh bowl of guacamole! Let the weekend begin and don’t forget the chips! #mexicanfood #foodieforlife 

Use 1-2 jalapeño peppers, depending on how spicy you like your salsa. Make sure you remove the seeds and ribs before dicing the peppers. Cut the jalapeño in half lengthwise, then take a spoon and scrape out the ribs and seeds, working from the bottom to the top of the pepper. Pro tip-wear plastic gloves when working with jalapeños to prevent burning. And never rub your eyes after dicing up a jalapeño, trust me!


Congratulations on your son becoming a marine. Mine is just getting out of the Navy after 8 years. And I agree with Debra above, boot camp will be the longest 13 weeks of your life. Getting mail from home is so important to them at that time, so yes, write often. My son asked me to, so I wrote him everyday and he was delighted. After a hard days work(out) it is something they look forward to. Your son will do fine and the experience will serve him well in his future career.  
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