Homemade Salsa

We love Mexican food. The one thing that makes an appearance most often is salsa. It goes perfectly with anything – quesadillas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salad, tostadas and on and on. Sometimes we even feast on just chips and salsa for dinner.

I can’t remember the last time we’ve purchased salsa from the store. Once you see how simple it can be to make and how superior the taste is to those bottles on the store shelf, I don’t think you’ll go back either! I made this for a cookout a few weeks ago and I had numerous comments on how good the salsa was. Several people even asked for the recipe.

You can have this homemade salsa done in under 5 minutes though I prefer making it ahead of time (even the day before) and letting the flavors develop as it chills in the refrigerator.

I’ve frozen extra salsa before, and even though it doesn’t taste as good as freshly made (and is a little more watery) it still hits the spot. If you are going to be adding it to a recipe and cooking it anyway, I don’t think you’d notice a difference at all.

Homemade Salsa you can have done in under 5 minutes! This rivals what you'd get at any restaurant. We LOVE it!

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Homemade Salsa
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • ¼ onion (I've used red, white, and yellow)
  • Cilantro (I love cilantro, so I use lots but adjust to taste)
  • Juice from ½-1 lemon (a couple Tablespoons)
  • ½-1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ -1 teaspoon cumin
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  1. Pour the diced tomatoes into a blender or food processor. Add the de-seeded jalapeno, garlic, onion, cilantro, ½ teaspoons salt and cumin. Squeeze in the juice from half of the lemon.
  2. Pulse the blender until everything is in small pieces. Taste and adjust salt, cumin, and lemon juice. If you want it spicier, add a few red pepper flakes.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.


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12 thoughts on “Homemade Salsa

  1. Keri @ Growing in His Glory

    We love fresh homemade salsa too. It always amazes me when I make salsa in the summer with fresh veggies as opposed to canned how much tastier it is. But we still make it with canned tomatoes in other seasons. So easy yet SO much better than store-bought. I totally agree!

    My one problem with homemade salsa is finding the right balance of cilantro because my husband cannot tolerate it and I love it. Sometimes I make a separate batch for him; other times I just put a little bit in. Now I’m craving Mexican. Thanks, Deanna 🙂

  2. Susie@homemaker-mom

    Wow this looks simple. I never knew how to make it or that it would be that fast! I have got to try this and am printing this now. Let me know if I can feature you sometime at my blog!

  3. Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life

    Hi Deanna! I’m stopping over from Let’s Get Real today. I love fresh salsa and I agree with you that the jar stuff just does not compare. I think salsa is a great replacement for a lot of places where we used to ketchup. We like it on eggs, burgers. and all sorts of other dishes……..it’s not just for Mexican food these days.

  4. Nicky @ Little Family Adventure

    Thanks for sharing this with us at the Let’s Get Real link party Deanna. My family uses more salsa than ketchup, so I too make it very often. Homemade salsa is very simple to make. I completely agree that homemade salsa is very simple and tastes much better than anything homemade.

  5. Mommy on Demand

    We are huge salsa fans and this my kind of recipe!! Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade Linky, you are being featured on Sunday so stop on over and grab our button!!!

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  8. Mary

    I keep trying to make homemade salsa, but something isn’t right. Cumin is the only difference, so I’ll try that. Thanks!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Bummer! Hopefully if you keep tweaking you’ll find what you like. I’ve had good canned tomato product salsa too that used a can of diced tomatoes and one of Rotel.

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