Saturday, May 5, 2012

Spicy Mango Tomato Salsa

As promised here's another savory recipe. This one is for a delicious mango salsa. It's quick and easy to make and perfect as an appetizer with blue corn chips and cold beer. It also makes a great accompaniment for grilled fish, chicken or tacos. 
I have to admit that Mexican food is probably one of my favorites and that I could eat chips and salsa any time. To love spicy, flavorful Mexican food comes with the territory when you live in Los Angeles. We're lucky to have some of the best restaurants that serve food from south of the border. Monte Alban, located in a small strip mall in Santa Monica serves authentic Oaxacan food and some of the best Mole Negro. Try Lares on Pico Boulevard for their fantastic Margaritas, fresh warm chips, and spicy salsa. The original location of La Serenata De Garibaldi in the Boyle Heights area of  Los Angeles has been there for more than thirty years. The restaurant serves gourmet style Mexican cuisine, fresh, healthy and on the lighter side with an emphasis on seafood. Though it is a bit out of the way, the fresh hand-made tortillas are well worth the drive. El Cholo, another Los Angeles institution with five different locations has been around since 1922. Stop by for Happy Hour and enjoy one of their famous El Cholo Margaritas, followed by a generous plate of authentic, traditional Mexican food. Don't miss their excellent fresh green corn tamales, which are only served from May though October. This is only a small sampling of the many outstanding restaurants in town. You'll find truly authentic food in many Downtown and East LA neighborhoods, not to mention the numerous food  trucks and fast food places. One of the most popular ones is Tito's Taco stand in Culver City. Tito's serves freshly made mouthwatering tacos, burritos, and tamales based on secret family recipes. Be prepared to wait patiently for your food, because the lines in front of this LA institution can be very long.

1 ripe Mango, peeled and diced
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
5 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Allow flavors to blend for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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