Fresh, Homemade Salsa Recipe

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A garden fresh, homemade salsa recipe sure to please everyone! This fresh salsa recipe uses ripe tomatoes, chopped onion and garlic, and spices (like herbs and lime) to achieve the perfect balance of flavors. It's very easy to make this salsa, and it's quick too, generally under 10 minutes to complete. By changing up the types, and amount, of peppers used in this recipe you can adjust the spiciness of your salsa from "no spice at all" all the way up to as hot as you can handle. My advice is to start with a jalapeno or two for your first batch (with seeds removed), then make some changes to your second batch (like adding the seeds, adding a habanero pepper, or adding more jalapenos if you want your salsa to be hotter). As long as you use fresh ingredients, this recipe will taste great no matter how you adjust the amount of each ingredient!

Fresh, Homemade Salsa Recipe

How to Make Our Fresh, Homemade Salsa Recipe

Fresh, Homemade Salsa Recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Chef Christopher
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 4
A delicious blend of fresh vegetables makes this homemade salsa taste amazing. Easy to make and VERY healthy!
  • 4 ripe, organic tomatoes, diced (or regular tomatoes if you don’t have organic)
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh garlic clove, crush and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  1. First, chop up your fresh tomatoes into small pieces and place in a glass bowl
  2. Finely chop the onion and fresh garlic, add to bowl with tomatoes
  3. Take your fresh cilantro and chop up ~2 tablespoons worth. Add to the bowl with other ingredients.
  4. Next, chop up your jalapeno pepper into fine pieces. For spicy salsa keep the seeds (and another pepper or two). For milder salsa remove seeds.
  5. Squeeze the fresh lime juice over all the ingredients in the bowl. This will add some flavor as well as preserve your salsa a little longer.
  6. Add a few pinches of salt and pepper to your salsa, stir everything together, then taste to see if more salt or pepper is needed.
  7. Finally, cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool. This step isn’t necessary, but doing so will allow all the flavors to blend together perfectly.
  8. Serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips or as a side with your favorite tacos.
  9. Enjoy!

For a “no spice” salsa, use a green pepper instead of a jalapeno.

That’s all there is to it! After you make this homemade salsa a few times you’ll be able to adjust the amount of each ingredient to your liking. This is a great dish to bring to any party or to serve at your next taco night.

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Categories : Taco Toppings & Sides

Recipe Comments

  • Anonymous

    I just made a fresh batch of this salsa recipe and used 4 jalapeno peppers to boost the spice level. It turned out great, but could be a bit too spicy for the faint of heart!

  • Chef Christopher

    This is my personal, fresh salsa recipe I always make.  When my garden is in season I use as many ingredients as I can from it, including the fresh jalapenos I started growing this year.  Adjusting the amount and type of peppers used is the easiest way to control the spice level.  I hope you enjoy!