Growing up there was always a jar of salsa in the refrigerator. I’d come home from school, pour salsa into a bowl, grab a bag of tortilla chips, and watch Dennis the Menace cartoons while sitting on the floor in our basement. I didn’t particularly enjoy Dennis the Menace cartoons, but that was a time before Hulu or Netflix, when you just watched what was on. Like the old song says, “If you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with.” I made do with Dennis.
Speaking of making do, even though salsa was one of my favorite foods, it would be many years before I’d have fresh salsa. The kind we had glugged out of a jar and was a world different than what can easily be made at home with fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice. The first time I tried fresh salsa, it was a revelation. It was the food I’d always loved, but with a makeover. “Where have you been all of my life, salsa?”
With salsa the options are limitless. It can be savory, fruity, tomato heavy, or dotted with pineapple, mangoes, or as you’ll see today, peaches. It can adorn tacos or be a filling appetizer.
This peach & black bean salsa screams summer with its savory/sweet combination. The juicy fruit is sprinkled with cumin, chili powder, and cayenne for a little kick of heat. (If you like your salsa even spicier, add chopped jalapeno peppers.) The black beans add satiety to the salsa, making it a hearty snack with chips or slices of jicama.
This peach and black bean salsa would be great poolside or snuck into a lunch container to go alongside a sandwich. I imagine it would even be good as a snack while watching Dennis the Menace cartoons, but I’ll never know. Streaming TV exists, thank goodness. I’ll be watching Bored to Death instead.