Cuisine - Mexican, Recipes

Recipe: Fresh Homemade Salsa

This is one of our favorite recipes to bring to potlucks and parties (along with our homemade guacamole recipe.) We also really like having “Taco Night” at our house on occasion, where you make up a sort of taco or burrito fixin’ bar and have a free-for-all. It’s so easy, tastes good and is fun.

I really like this recipe because it just tastes fresh. Those jar salsas are OK when you’re in a pinch but there’s so much added sodium and other things that I can’t pronounce that I’d much rather make my own condiments if I can. This also is a really great recipe if you have a tomato plant and you’re running out of ideas to make with the fruit.

This recipe is really versatile, as well. You can add whatever you really like. If you don’t like jalapeno, don’t add it. You could make it more tropical by adding some mango or papaya to the mixture. It’s really whatever you want to make of it!

I hope you enjoy!

Homemade Salsa


  • 2 – vine-ripened tomatoes (or 4-5 Roma tomatoes), chopped
  • 1 – medium onion
  • 8-10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (remove the seeds if you want it milder)
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • salt and pepper, to your liking


After chopping the tomatoes, place in a colander over a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and let stand for about 5 minutes. This gets out extra water/moisture so your salsa won’t be too watery. Once drained, pour the tomatoes back into a medium bowl.

Mince the onion and jalapeno and add to the bowl with the tomatoes. If you like your salsa on the spicier side, leave in some or all of the seeds. Otherwise, you can remove the ribs and the seeds before adding to the bowl. Finely chop up the garlic and cilantro and add to the mixture.

Roll the lime with the palm of your hand on the countertop to get the juices flowing. Squeeze the juice into the bowl. Stir the mixture and taste. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors mingle.

Use over your favorite tacos, burritos or just dip with chips. This even makes a really great fresh salad dressing in the warmer months.


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