Episode 3 : Largest Bowl of Salsa

Pollo Tropical Restaurant set a record for the World’s Largest Bowl of Salsa by making 1,170 pounds of fresh salsa during a 2010 Super Bowl tailgate event. Bob attempts to break the record at the Annual Tomato Festival in Jacksonville, Texas. First, Bob must develop a salsa recipe that pleases the local palate. Then, he needs to recruit an army of volunteers. When it comes time to dice 80 cases of tomatoes, 500 onions, 150 heads of garlic and mounds other ingredients, then mix it all together in a 500-gallon bowl, will it be Bob or Murphy‘s law that rules the day?


Bob Blumer’s “World’s Largest Salsa”

Courtesy of Bob Blumer and Rob Gowin of Sadler’s Restaurant, Jacksonville, Texas

1 3/4 pounds cored, chopped tomatoes, cored and chopped
2 stemmed, seeded and chopped jalapeños (or one seranno)
6 ounces diced red onion
1/2 bunch stemmed and chopped cilantro
12 chopped mint leaves
1 clove mined garlic
2 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

If you have a grill available, grill peppers and onion whole until nicely browned. Skin peppers, then deseed. Dice onion. In a bowl, mix all ingredients. Serve with taco chips.

If you’re planning on achieving the record, multiply recipe by more than 1000!


Jacksonville, Texas Annual Tomato Fest

Sadler’s Catering and Restaurant, Jacksonville Texas

Super de Gallo Mexican Market, Jacksonville Texas

Luvata Electro Fin

Klein Products

Ben E. Keith

Hamilton Scale

Rudy’s Tortillas

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