Make your salsa at home with this easy homemade salsa recipe. Made with just 8 ingredients and in under 5 minutes, you’ll never need to buy your salsa at the store again.
Today I’ve got a new recipe for you all. One that I can’t believe has taken me 6 years to put on the blog. Ready for it?
Easy Homemade Salsa
After 6 years of blogging, why don’t I have a classic restaurant salsa recipe on the blog?! The truth is, unfortunately, because I typically get my salsa at the store. It’s crazy, I know. Why would I BUY my salsa when
a) it’s less convenient
b) it’s more expensive and
c) it’s less versatile
Because sometimes, my friends, after days of blogging while juggling single parenting, home owning, and an Airbnb business, I just want things to be easier.
But in truth, I ought to be making my salsa at home. Why?
Why Fresh Homemade Salsa is Better
- It is actually incredibly easy to make salsa at home. All the ingredients get tossed together in a food processor or blender (your choice!) and blended up for less than 2 minutes. No mess, no fuss! And that is quicker than taking a trip to the store, don’t you think?
- This easy homemade salsa is so much cheaper than store-bought. The recipe costs me about 3 dollars and it makes over 3 cups of fresh delicious salsa! That’s at least 3x cheaper than what I can find at my local grocery store making it an ideal way to provide salsa all summer long.
- This recipe is so versatile. Like it spicy? Add another jalapeño. Want more zest? Add more lime juice. You can adjust the garlic, cilantro, spices, and salt as you please and with such simple ingredients, it becomes your masterpiece as you adjust the flavors. Just like my guacamole recipe and cauliflower queso, versatility is key.
How to make Mexican Salsa?
So, I said it was incredibly easy. How easy? Why it only takes 5 minutes and one food processor. Just add all your ingredients – all 8 of them (which you probably already have on hand) – to the food processor. Blend for 1-2 minutes until it’s well blended and…done!
Canned vs. Fresh Tomatoes for Homemade Salsa
While some people may choose to make their homemade salsa with fresh tomatoes only (I used to be one of them) I’ve actually come around to believe that canned tomatoes are your better option for restaurant-style salsa. Because canned tomatoes are picked at the height of tomato season and canned with a high-heat technique to preserve the flavor, canned tomatoes will often taste fresher than the out-of-season tomatoes that you can buy year ’round at the grocery store. That means 11 months out of the year (in most regions) canned tomatoes will actually taste fresher.
Besides that, canned tomatoes are cheaper and far more convenient. If that’s the difference that gets you making your salsa at home, then I say, go for it!
Serving and storing this restaurant-style salsa recipe
- For best results, this salsa can be made up to 3 days in advance. After that, the salsa will continue to keep for an additional 4 days.
- Serve this salsa as part of your game day spread, with vegan nachos, quesadillas, or as a simple snack with corn chips.
- For spicy salsa, store the salsa with half of a jalapeño pepper. As it sits, the flavors will absorb into the salsa for a delightfully hot and spicy salsa recipe.
Can homemade salsa be made in advance?
Yes! In fact, this spicy salsa recipe will get better 24-48 hours after it’s made. Allowing the salsa to cool down and let the flavors marinate into one another gives you a deeper tasting salsa that you are going to love.
If you are making this salsa in advance, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
There you go. Everything you need to know about how to make homemade salsa.
I keep learning, time and time again, that homemade is almost always better. I hope you agree. So whip up this easy homemade salsa. With just 8 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of prep, I don’t know why you wouldn’t make it at home.
Happy salsa-ing, my friends!
Make your salsa at home with this easy homemade salsa recipe. Made with just 8 ingredients and in under 5 minutes, you'll never need to buy your salsa at the store again.
Keyword: Easy Homemade Salsa
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 13 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
- 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, no salt added
- 1/2 cup red or white onion, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
- juice of 2 limes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp sugar
Taste to adjust seasonings.
Serve with your favorite chips or store in an airtight container until ready to use. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.