Taco Salad Salsa

If you have checked out my blog you know that I love making fresh salsa and that I rarely suggest canned ingredients.  However, this one stores well for days on end and goes great topped on mixed greens with avocado, a dollop of vegenaise and crushed tortilla chips for a great taco salad.  

It is a perfect way to have salad in a snap because you have already done the chopping ahead of time.  Of course if you just despise the idea of using canned beans, feel free to make your own and use them in this recipe.

Taco Salad Salsa
1 16 ounce Can Pinto Beans
1 16 ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Yellow Onion
1 Cup Fresh Cilantro
2 Cloves Fresh Garlic
2 Jalapeno Peppers
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Sugar (optional)
Juice and zest of 1 Lime

Drain, rinse and strain pinto beans and add to a large glass bowl along with the whole can of diced tomatoes (juice and all).  Dice onion, peppers and garlic and toss those in.  (Your choice if you leave ribs and seeds in the jalapeno peppers, just remember that will add heat).  Thoroughly clean and chop cilantro and add it in along with lime, salt, sugar and other seasonings.  Stir gently but thoroughly and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to sit on counter for at least 30 minutes.  Store in fridge until ready to use.

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