Red Hot Salsa Roja

by Heather

It’s Bowl week in the college football world, which means only one thing. There’s a lot of football watching going on here. Even more than usual. Let’s not even talk about how the basketball watching fits in to all of that.

It actually means one more thing. Football food is needed!

For most people, football means wings, dips, and beer. For us, it’s nachos. It’s a tradition that goes back to our early days of marriage when we’d go across the street, pick up some nachos from Moe’s, and go back to the apartment to watch the Panthers’ game.

homemade salsa recipe

We were you’re typical newlyweds, broke & jobless, so we considered Moe’s a fancy treat. Ahh, the little things. Of course, that also meant that Moe’s during every football game wasn’t going to happen, so we learned to make some pretty rockin’ nachos that year.

There are 2 keys to good nachos: the queso and the salsa. I’ve already divulged the secrets to my favorite queso dip recipe, so now it’s time to get to the homemade salsa part.

moe's queso dip

There are a million different fresh salsa recipes; this one is spicy and smoky, perfect for jazzing up nachos or eating plain with tortilla chips.


Homemade Salsa Roja

by Heather Neal

Keywords: appetizer snack vegan vegetarian Mexican


  • 1 can diced tomatoes with chilies {such as Rotel}; drained
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 adobo pepper with sauce, chopped {from can}
  • Squirt of lime juice
  • Dash of red pepper flakes


Cook onion and garlic over medium heat until start to soften.

Add tomatoes and adobo. Simmer over medium-low heat ~10 minutes.

Stir in lime juice and red pepper flakes.

Let cool before serving.

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Do you have any football-watching food traditions?


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Faith @ For the Health of It January 5, 2012 at 9:10 am
When I was a little girl, Italian food was our football tradition. Now I always wish I could have my grandma's spaghetti and watch the game with my grandpa every Sunday.
Caitlin January 5, 2012 at 10:48 am
Our football food watching tradition involves Mexican food too! We are big Tennessee football fans, so before games we go to our favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican place, Loco Perro, and get margaritas and eat chips and salsa. Then we take a tub of salsa home to go (best salsa ever) as well as take-out dinner (I always do a veggie quesadilla with a side of black beans, also amazing) and go home and eat while we watch the game! And I'm getting a Moe's burrito bowl for dinner tonight - I can't WAIT!
Ashleysh22 January 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm
oooh this one looks even simpler than the one I was planning on doing this weekend! I have never made homemade salsa before, but I found a recipe on pintinterest for Chile's copycat recipe and I'm gonna try that one this weekend. I am adding this to my pintinterest though fur future reference. hubby already went to the grocery store so I can't change my mind now! p.s. that queso recipe is also going to be saved imminently

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