Quick & Easy Spicy Salsa
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil * ½ medium yellow onion, diced small * 1 medium green bell pepper, diced small * 1 medium jalapeno, finely chopped * sea salt and black pepper, to taste * 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped * ½ tsp dried Mexican oregano * ¼ tsp smoked paprika * ¼ - ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes * ¼ cup water * 2½ tbsp fresh lime juice * 2-3 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion and peppers become soft, around 4-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and water. Stir to combine and reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 4-5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Once the mixture has slightly cooled, puree the mixture with an immersion blender, leaving slightly chunky, or transfer to a regular blender or food processor and pulse a couple of times until just blended. Transfer the salsa to a bowl and stir in fresh lime juice and cilantro. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!