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Gazpacho is essentially just a tomato-based soup, served cold. The key to making a killer gazpacho is ripe tomatoes. This recipe keeps the tomatoes a little chunky for texture, and there's some hot sauce for an added kick.

Gazpacho is essentially just a tomato-based soup, served cold. The key to making a killer gazpacho is ripe tomatoes. If you don't use fresh, ripe tomatoes, your gazpacho will turn out bland or mealy. If you use sweet, in-season tomatoes, and you follow the instructions in this simple gazpacho recipe, you will be psyched. Especially if it's sweltering out and you need to cool down. 

This recipe keeps the tomatoes a little chunky for texture, and there's some hot sauce for an added kick. Wanna spice it up even more? Add more black pepper or throw in half a jalapeño.