Step 1: Cut the tomatoes and onion into 1/4 inch dice and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the chiles, garlic (if using), cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Correct the seasoning, adding salt or lime juice; the salsa should be highly seasoned. The virtue of this salsa lies in its freshness. Serve it within 1 hour of making.
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