Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe

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Salsa is a versatile condiment that can go on chips, burritos, eggs, or even mixed in with ranch for a healthier salad dressing. Salsa is naturally low in calories and speeds up the body’s metabolism, making it a fantastic addition to your diet. Commercial salsas can be loaded with sodium and contain preservatives, so making your own  easy homemade salsa recipe is a good idea. Plus, fresh always tastes better!

Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe

What You Need:

  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1-2 jalapenos, stem removed
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 tsp salt


For a smooth salsa, add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. For a pico de gallo, chop ingredients into smaller chunks and mix together in a bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.


  • Add 1/8 cup fresh cilantro 
  • Add 1/4 tsp ground cumin for a nutty flavor
  • Add the juice from half a lime for a citrus taste
  • For a richer salsa, toss all vegetables with olive oil and broil in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until slightly charred. Remove skin from tomatoes and blend in food processor.

Selecting the right jalapenos can make a huge impact on your salsa. Jalapenos have between 2,500 – 10,000 Scoville heat units. That is a pretty broad range, which means some jalapenos are very tolerable, while others are scorching hot. That can make it challenging when trying to figure out how many jalapenos to add to your salsa, or other dishes.

Some say that jalapenos with a pointier end will have more heat. Others suggest peppers that look like they have been under duress (ones with scars or lines that run down the pepper) will be hotter. The membranes of jalapenos contain the most concentrated amounts of capsaicin, which adds the most heat. If you are wanting a mild salsa, remove the membranes and seeds before adding the jalapenos. If you want a spicier salsa, leave them in. Whenever handling raw jalapenos, it is a good idea to wear gloves and avoid touching your eyes.

Ready to take it to the next level? Try your hand at Canning Salsa this year!

Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe
Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Andrea
Enjoy fresh tomatoes in this Homemade Salsa Recipe!
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1-2 jalapenos, stem removed
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. For a smooth salsa, add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. For a pico de gallo, chop ingredients into smaller chunks and mix together in a bowl.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.


Have you made your own salsa? What is your favorite thing to add salsa to?


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  1. A nice and simple recipe. Can you can this salsa? I would think a pressure canner since there are peppers in it … have you canned it?

      1. Hi Mike, thanks for checking out this post!

        This recipe may not be ideal for canning, due to its small quantities. It would also need lemon juice or vinegar to increase the acidity for canning. I haven’t tried canning a version of this recipe yet, but I will once my tomato plants start producing more tomatoes. I will report back and let you know how it goes!

        The recipe Merissa posted looks fantastic though, so if you’re wanting to can salsa, I would definitely check out her post 🙂

  2. I hate cilantro – it tastes and smells like really foul dirty socks to me. So whenever a recipe calls for it, I substitute Lovage. The bonus us that lovage is a hardy perennial for the prairies.

  3. I love homemade salsa. Nothing beats the freshness! Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. Hello Marissa. I found you via Moms the Word link up this morning. Nice to meet you. I have to make some salsa. I’ve been meaning to forever. In Florida, tomatoes are coming in and they are perfect right now. Thanks for the good idea and reminder. God bless.

  5. Great simple salsa and I love the variations you offer. Thanks for sharing this with us on foodie friday.

  6. YUM!! I could make a meal out of chips and salsa! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

  7. I can’t wait to give this a try! I’m a salsa junkie, but haven’t tried making it at home…YET!

  8. I made my own salsa for the first time this summer and was amazed at how easy it was and how fresh it tasted. Now that I get the hang of it, I’m trying lots of variations (different chiles, spices, more/less garlic, cilantro, etc.). Thanks for such a simple, un-intimidating recipe!

  9. Thanks for linking up with us on Good Tips Tuesday last week. Your post has been chosen as one of the featured posts for this week! Congrats!

  10. I would love to make homemade salsa since it’s one of the things that’s hard to keep in our household. We eat it with a little of everything.

  11. I love salsa!! That is all I plant each year is the ingredients for fresh salsa!! Some times I add black beans and fresh corn…I even added cucumbers once! But in my opinion, no mater which variety I have to have Cilantro!! Found you on Mama Buzz!! Hey I would love it if you stopped by my place and shared your stuff on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! I would love to have you!!

  12. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party! Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.

  13. In my house my husband eats salsa on just about everything, so we go through it really fast. I’m so excited for tomatoes to be in season again to start making it from scratch. The taste is so much better than from the store. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at Merry Monday!