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white bowl of salsa with tortilla chip dipped in it
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Homemade Salsa Recipe

The best homemade salsa is made with juicy tomatoes, jalapeños, onion, fresh cilantro and plenty of spice and flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy appetizer recipe, easy salsa
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 18kcal


  • 28 ounce can whole plum tomatoes including juice
  • 1 small white onion peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño peppers seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin or to taste
  • 1 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 to 1 tsp granulated sugar optional, and to taste
  • 1 or 2 handfuls cilantro this is probably 1 or 2 cups worth
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice fresh is best


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse a few times to break up larger pieces, then process until texture is mostly smooth (or as smooth or chunky as you'd like).
  • Taste the salsa and based on personal preference, adjust salt/sugar levels as necessary.
  • Transfer to airtight container and refrigerate for a couple of hours for best flavor.
  • Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!



  1. Recipe makes approximately 4 cups.
  2. I've estimated this will serve about 12, with roughly 1/3 cup as the serving size.
  3. I remove the seeds from my jalapeño peppers to reduce the heat level. This way you'll get all the fresh jalapeño flavor and some heat, but not a crazy amount of heat.
  4. If you'd like, you could stir in some corn kernels, black beans, or chopped tomatoes for extra texture and flavor.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 177mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg