Friday, October 13, 2017

2 super cheap, easy staples to make while you are in Belize!

I have these two things in my fridge constantly, and they are so cheap and easy. You can always find the ingredients, and even if you are here only for a few days or a week, it is nice to have some simple food in your fridge so you don't have to run out to eat every time.

If you go to any chicken, rice, and beans stand - you will often see a jar that has (delicious) onions and jalapeno/peppers chopped up and mixed together, that you can put on top of your food. It is SO good. I put it on everything - for example, if you were just here a few days on vacation but wanted simple snacks in your room, you could put this on eggs, nacho chips, or roll a tortilla and cheese with this (see below). It makes everything taste amazing.
Here's a pic from the actual jar I just pulled out of my fridge :) - made with red onions which turns them pinkish...
Here is the best way I've found to make it:

"Pickled" onions, Belize food stand-style
2 onions - white or red, or a combination
4 habaneros - I like it hot, but use less if you don't!
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
salt to taste
sugar or Splenda to taste

Cut up the veggies to the size you like, and throw them in a saucepan with the liquids - bring to a boil, then lower heat for several minutes until the onions are a bit soft. Add sweetener to taste when it cools down, then put in a jar or container and put in the fridge. It lasts over a week. You can find habaneros at farmer's market stands.

My Favorite Salsa
tomatoes - about 5-6 Roma
onions - 1-2, any combination of red or white
cilantro - one bunch (about a small handful)
small can of jalapenos - find at any local grocery store (or you could use 1-2 fresh)
juice from one lime

Coarsely chop and throw all this in a blender. That's my favorite and most easy way to make this, but you can also chop it all up if you don't have a blender.

FYI These are my favorite chips you can buy here.....


So with these two recipes, you can throw together so much easy, cheap, and fun food - get some tortilla chips, eggs, cheese, tortillas, (maybe some butter and Marie Sharps hot sauce!) and the ingredients above, and this is going to make you very happy - and you can always find these ingredients here. Here are a few of these ingredients that I just pulled from my fridge -

And here are some amazing combinations with those ingredients:

Same and above but put in a tortilla
Same as first line but put over tortilla chips
Tortilla+cheese+salsa for dipping (saute in butter or just put in the microwave)


  1. Ohmygoodness, you just took me back to last November when we stopped by the veggie stand near the pier in Placencia to grab all the ingredients for salsa fresca. We used a fresh jalapeno, and a white onion (the lady at the stand told us they were the sweetest) but the rest of the ingredients matched your recipe. I salivate now thinking about the INTENSE flavour burst ("fresh" produce in Canada does NOT compare). I ate salsa and chips as a snack, for dinner, and the leftover salsa on my eggs the next morning. *drool*

    The pickled onion thing? That's on my list for the next trip! :)

  2. Hi Veronica, we are excited to have you back, and yes funny how salsa becomes a major food group while here!!!

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    1. Hi Steve! It's going great, we are currently building an office and we reopen on Oct 21st!!