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Salsa with Hominy and Blueberries and #Tocabe

This hominy and dried blueberry salsa with a touch of red onion and lime is a fresh take on salsa. If you've never had hominy this is a great way to try it! #salsa #hominy

…Now if I wanted, I could have added some orange zest-which in actuality would work quite well with this hominy salsa. Then I would have had Broncos salsa with the blue and orange-well-you can see where my mind is! In any case, I was quite pleased with my hominy and blueberry salsa that is way too easy to eat and so simple to make. It was a lunch at Tocabe that got my creative juices flowing.

The simple journey to Tocabe-not really a diner and certainly not a dive, of Guy Fieri fame-was a fun lunch with some fellow bloggers. I had been wanting to eat there for some time, but up until now their location was a drive. The second location is much closer and I can’t wait to stop by again for some of their grilled bannocks. Freshly baked bread grilled over an open flame is my idea of deadly. One might tend to think of Tocabe as another burrito kind of fast food restaurant, but it really is a great outpost that features American Indian food from the Osage nation. In fact there are just a handful of American Indian restaurants in the entire U.S.. Think fry bread, buffalo ribs, green chile stew, and even Wojapi– a berry jam to eat with their great fry bread or bannocks. Check out the links from A Baker’s House and Creative Culinary to see what I mean!

This hominy and dried blueberry salsa with a touch of red onion and lime is a fresh take on salsa. If you've never had hominy this is a great way to try it! #salsa #hominy

Tocabe, (which means blue and is the owner’s mother’s favorite color) has salsas that vary with the seasons, to add to your choice of beef, chicken or bison, Indian fry bread. I gravitated toward the hominy salsa because I’d never had anything like it before. I could have had fresh green chilies, so that was a hard decision! Hominy is dried field corn which has been cooked in a mixture of lye, slaked lime or wood ash. It is then washed, dried and powdered-just like a baby’s butt- and generally made into masa. Without masa, we wouldn’t have those great foods we call tortillas! I love hominy and don’t use it enough. It is great in cheesy green chile casseroles. It is great in soup. It is great mixed with corn. It is great in most recipes in place of beans. Or with beans. I think you got the picture, right?

I love the simplicity of this salsa. Tocabe’s contains cranberries, but I had  dried blueberries on hand and they worked perfectly. The leftovers the next day were even better as the blueberries had time to plump up a bit.We devoured this with some of those lime tortilla chips, that Manservant has been eating by the bag. (I know there was a reason I stopped buying them long ago!) I also bought some spicy blue corn chips because-well-I love spicy blue corn chips! And they look pretty mixed with the white ones!  I don’t actually have Tocabe’s recipe so you will have to visit and tell me whose you like better. I won’t be offended as long as it is a tie!

Hominy and dried blueberry salsa

Salsa with Hominy and Blueberries
Serves 4-6
Time to Make – About 10 minutes
1 15 oz can of hominy, drained and rinsed then slightly chopped
3 T diced red onion
2-3 T chopped cilantro
1 chopped chipotle with 1-2 T chipotle sauce from the can
3 T dried blueberries
Juice of 1/2 a lime

Chips to serve this with

Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. That’s it! If you want to let this sit overnight to let the flavors develop, feel free! Or eat it now! And you could always do take out from Tocabe!

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This hominy and dried blueberry salsa with a touch of red onion and lime is a fresh take on salsa. If you've never had hominy this is a great way to try it! #salsa #hominy

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  • Reply
    Karen Harris
    February 4, 2016 at 2:11 am

    I love hominy in my salsa, in fact, I love hominy in most anything you want to put it in. I'll take your word for the blueberries. Pretty colors. Save me some.

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 4, 2016 at 2:44 am

      The blueberries are what makes this! Trust me! And it is all gone!

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    Kitchen Riffs
    February 4, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Wow, hominy and blueberries?! What a mind blowing combo! Would NEVER have thought of that — sounds terrific, though. Sounds like you had a fun lunch! Thanks for the comment.

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 4, 2016 at 2:45 am

      It really did taste great. Love the sweetness of the blueberries combined with the spicy of the chipotle and the hominy pulls it all together! Thanks John!

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    Holly @
    February 4, 2016 at 4:23 am

    I have a bag of dried blueberries just waiting for the right recipe and here it is! I really enjoyed lunch at Tocabe and have gone back since. Let me know when you'd like to meet there again, I'd love to!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Sounds good to me! Now get those blueberries out!

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    Angie Schneider
    February 4, 2016 at 4:48 am

    How delicious and I too love the simplicity of this great salsa!

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    Liz Berg
    February 4, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Even without the orange zest, it's the perfect salsa to eat while watching the Broncos win!!!

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    Donalyn@The Creekside Cook
    February 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Hominy is just an awesome ingredient to work with, so I imagine this is delightful – thanks so much for sharing!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 4, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      I agree Donalyn! I really should do more with it!

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    Cheri Savory Spoon
    February 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Abbe, love the sound of this salsa, the way you describe it makes me want to go out and buy the ingredients now, though I have never cooked with hominy before. That restaurant sounds amazing.

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    Laura Dembowski
    February 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    I have never heard of Tocabe, but I'll take some salsa and fry bread please! This is such a great spin on traditional salsa.

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    Sugar et al.
    February 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    This is totally new to me. I must be living under a rock because it looks and sounds incredible!I so wish I could taste it…going to be on the lookout for hominy!

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    Chris Scheuer
    February 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I love hominy but never thought to use it in a salsa. YUM!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    February 5, 2016 at 12:05 am

    You are so creative — I collect salsa recipes and I think I could live on it for weeks on end — love the unusual ingredients in this one!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    February 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    What a genius idea. Love this hearty, comfy and delicious bowl. Can't wait to try!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 5, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Oh my, the blueberries sound wonderful in this salsa, Abbe! It would taste wonderful with some blue corn tortilla chips 🙂

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