2013 -Donovan's "Code 3 Salsa"

byGail Donovan


Gail Donovan, a Native Cincinnatian, started on the ICS “chili trail” in 1987. She tells us that Cincinnati is noted as the “Chili Capital” of the world because they have a chili parlor on practically every corner. Gail and her former firefighter husband, Bill “Gumby” Donovan, took on the team name of “Donovan’s Code 3 Chili,” which in the world of fire means that an extra company needs to respond to help put out the fire. Gumby’s win in his first ever cook-off got them both hooked and they never looked back! In 1992 Gail turned in her assistant apron and started cooking on her own. She’s now a master cook in Traditional Red and Chili Verde. Let’s not forget about Salsa! Gail has earned 10 First Place wins, 10 Second Place wins, 9 Third Place, and 1 Fifth in her “salsa career!”


8-10 roma tomatoes seeded and chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
1 medium onion diced
4 jalapeno peppers seeded and finely diced
1 medium green pepper seeded and chopped
1 medium yellow pepper seeded and chopped
1 medium red pepper seeded and chopped
2 cloves of fresh garlic minced
2 6oz cans of tomato juice
2 tbsp lime juice - fresh squeezed
1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp olive oil (light)
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp tabasco sauce


Mix all ingredients together.

Just before serving, adjust Tabasco and salt to taste.