Salsa Leather and Letters

It’s salsa season!Salsa 1Looking for a way to add the fresh taste of summer salsa to your food all year long? Salsa Leather is the way to go! Salsa leather can be made with store bought or fresh salsa. Here’s my favorite recipe. Simply blend in a blender until smooth and pour on to fruit leather or silicone mats and dehydrate 8-12 hours at 135º-140º or until no longer tacky. Salsa Leather is as easy as Fruit Leather, make a little or make a lot. If I end up with an empty tray or two in the dehydrator while drying other fruits and vegetables, I will blend a few cups of salsa to dehydrate. Salsa 3Salsa 2Dry until it is still pliable for an easy to tear leather or dry until it is crispy and crunch up for “Salsa Powder”. This flavorful powder is amazing sprinkled over anything from Mexican food to eggs or salad.Salsa 4 Take your creative skills in the kitchen to a new level with salsa letters! These can be cut and vacuum sealed to use later or simply cut out of already preserved salsa leather. Works great with fruit leather as well.Salsa 6

Easy Bean Dip

  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2-1 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2-1 cup grated cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

In a medium bowl, mix beans and all spices. Microwave 3-5 minutes on high, stirring at each minute until mixture is hot. Scoop bean mixture into an oven safe casserole dish. Spread yogurt or sour cream over beans, top with cheese. Place salsa letters over cheese. Cook in a preheated 400º oven 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm with chips and Fresh Salsa.Salsa 7Salsa leather, if completely dry to the touch, can be vacuum sealed and remains shelf-stable for months. It can also be kept refrigerated or frozen for longer term storage.Salsa 5

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