Simple Gazpacho Recipe

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.

Simple Gazpacho Recipe
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to 6 servings
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 Spanish onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra- virgin olive oil
  • sour cream
  • cilantro
  • kosher salt
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add the tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, celery, onion and garlic and pulse just to combine. 4 or 5 pulses will do. Don't over process we want to keep it a little chunky. The next step will thin it out.
  2. Remove and in a large bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, tomato juice and hot sauce. 
  3. Add the pureed vegetables and season with salt. You can add more hot sauce here if you want it spicier, we usually do.
  4. Serve and top with sour cream and cilantro.
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