Chipotle Pumpkin SalsaPosted: October 30, 2012 Filed under: Cooking with Love, Gluten Free, Mexican Dishes, Sauces and Dressings, Snacks, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetarian | Tags: chipotle pumpkin salsa, recipes with chipotles in adobo sauce, spicy pumpkin hot sauce, unique food gifts 11 Comments
(Rachel, the daughter)
I’m heading out to drop Jackson off with his Mimi (Jared’s mom) for a couple of hours this afternoon. This is the third day in a row that she has offered to help out with Jackson so I can work on the book. Although she insists it is all her pleasure, I’d like to let her know how much I appreciate her help.
In my husband’s family, steak is probably the most revered food item… followed closely by chips and salsa. They aren’t into chocolates or sweets. I know, GASP! Their idea of dessert is a bowl of salty popcorn. But they love their meat and potatoes and their chips and salsa. Since steak is an awkward gift for a vegan to give, I often jar up my love and appreciation for them in the form of salsa. Occasionally, Rhonda will show up at my door with an empty jar, “In case you or Jared plan on making salsa anytime soon,” she’ll wink.
Last weekend I stumbled upon an amazing salsa recipe by chance. I was out of a few of my staple salsa ingredients and just started throwing things in the food processor to try and whip up a make-do salsa for our Mexican-themed dinner. I was bummed when the food processor stopped spinning and I opened it up to see a thin almost watery salsa. I grabbed a can of pumpkin and added it to the salsa, then found some chipotles in Adobo sauce in my freezer. I gave it another spin and voila, I had a thick, creamy, smoky salsa with a touch of sweetness, a hint of pumpkin, and a nice kick of spice. I was smitten.
I liked it so much I made another batch today (some for us and some to share with Jared’s parents). It conveniently makes enough to fill two 32 oz spaghetti sauce or mason jars–one for you and one to share with a friend. Don’t be surprised when they show up at your door step with the empty jar and a little wink and a nudge, though.
Chipotle Pumpkin Salsa
Makes 4 cups
2 cups of frozen corn (or 1 can drained and patted dry)
2 small jalapenos
4 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of sea salt
1 14.5 oz can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes
4 chipotles in Adobo Sauce (slice open and remove seeds from two of them)
1 can of pumpkin
1/2 c. cilantro (use it if you like it, but it’s optional)
1/2 t. sugar
1 t. onion powder
1/4 t. salt
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Pour corn kernels on one half of pan. On the other side, put the jalapenos, garlic (wrap unpeeled garlic in foil to prevent them from burning–not like shown below), and tomatoes sliced in half with cut side up. Use a pastry brush to put a small amount of olive oil on the tomatoes and corn. Sprinkle tomatoes with a touch of sea salt. Roast for 20 minutes.
In a food processor, add all the remaining ingredients except the corn, plus the tomatoes and jalapenos (you may want to seed the jalapenos if you don’t like a lot of spice–you can always add the seeds back in if it’s not spicy enough). Squeeze the garlic from its peel into the food processor bowl. Process until everything is chopped and blended to the desired texture. I went for a smooth texture on mine. Stir in corn. Serve with chips.
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Ohhhh I LOVE the idea of pumpkin in salsa and roasting the ingredients? Genius!
Thanks girl! My hubby is the one who actually got me started on roasting the ingredients.
Woah! Smart man.
Rachel, this sounds amazing!
You are so sweet. Thank you! (It is pretty yummy, if I do say so myself. ;))
I’m so trying this right before all my pumpkins bite the dust post-Halloween!
I’ve been wondering about cooking with my leftover pumpkins. I only got the little ones. Do you know if those are good for cooking or just decorative?
I saw an article on http://www.epicurious.com that recommended using little ones for soups, etc. But, they were talking about the canteloupe-sized ones being “little,” not the wee ones that could fit in your hand.
I tried cutting into my little ones and decided I was probably going to need a table saw–might not be the most sanitary way of prepping dinner!
Hi….this looks great!
Question: The recipe calls for a can of diced roasted tomatoes but your picture shows whole tomatoes halved on the cookie sheet. Can you please clarify? THANKS!
Thanks for checking. I used a mix of whole tomatoes and canned. The recipe calls for three tomatoes too. But if you don’t have them, you could certainly use more canned tomatoes (probably about a can of any variety would work).