The 12 Days of Christmas: Cleon’s Salsa!

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I am very excited to bring to you the second annual 12 Days of Christmas. This project began last year as a last-minute gift idea guide and because it was so successful it started this very blog you are reading now! I will feature 12 different holiday gift ideas and/or recipes with instructions. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hannah and Harley.

This salsa recipe is very easy to make and will make a gift for the salsa lover in your life. You can find the original recipe here. I had to tweak the recipe to meet my needs.

If you’ve watched the news or the live in the South you probably heard the name Cleon. Cleon is the winter storm that has stalled, delayed, or cancelled countless activities across many parts of the country.  My little corner of Northeast Arkansas was no different. Over the weekend we got at least two inches of sleet and freezing rain. This is a dangerous combination that makes travel long and slow and at times unnecessary. By Sunday afternoon traveling was a long and slow process, but possible. I purchased everything I could to make salsa as well as some gifts and Christmas decor. You will find a few substitutions to my salsa compared to the original recipe above. By the end of a long, cold, icy weekend the shelves of the local store weren’t bare (thankfully), but it wasn’t stocked like a usual Sunday afternoon either. Hence, the name: Cleon’s Salsa. I would have followed the recipe exactly were it not for the storm. Thanks Cleon.

Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can of original Hot Ro-Tel
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • cilantro (just enough for taste)
  • one small red onion chopped
  • blender for mixing
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika (or to taste if you like)
  • chips

Here’s What You Do:

  • Add everything except the Ro-tel into the blender
  • Mix everything together using the pulse option (just long enough to mix well)
  • Add Ro-Tel and stir
  • Let it sit in the fridge overnight. It will taste better the next day.

This made about 32 ounces of salsa. So if you have several salsa lovers on your gift list you can give more than one container depending upon the size you choose.

Cleon's Salsa

Cleon’s Salsa

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