Tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, and a little bit of jalapeño combine to make this homemade salsa fresh-tasting with just a hint of spiciness. The best part? It can be thrown together in only 5 minutes. Once you taste it, you will never buy the jarred stuff again!
I’m a chips & dip girl all the way. Always have been, always will be. I can’t even keep chips in the house because once I start eating them, I can’t stop. I try to only buy them when we’re having company which is also when I most often make this salsa.
I still remember my first time eating homemade salsa. When I was in college, I went over to my friend, Deborah’s apartment. She was newly married, and her family was known for good home cooking.
She served me chips and salsa before dinner, and it was some of the freshest-tasting salsa I’d ever eaten.
“Where did you get this salsa??” I asked, stuffing a chip in my mouth. “It’s SO good!”
“Oh, I made it,” she said.
Just like that. Like it wasn’t the most amazing thing in the world.
“You made the salsa?!”
Deborah nodded, shrugged and went on to tell me how.
My mind was blown. She had MADE THE SALSA. Herself. In her little kitchen.
I didn’t even know it was possible to make homemade salsa! I ate a lot of Pace Picante Sauce and other jarred salsas, and I knew that the salsa in Mexican restaurants was better than those jarred ones. It never even occurred to me, though, that you could make restaurant-quality salsa at home.
Once I realized how easy it was, I never looked back. Now I’m the one making the homemade salsa, and my dinner guests are the ones saying, “You made the salsa?” In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, we had several teens and their parents over, and one of the moms was amazed at this homemade salsa.
“You made this? I could drink this salsa, it’s so good!” she said.
(I don’t recommend drinking it, but consuming large quantities on a chip is definitely acceptable.)
This salsa tastes like it was a lot of work, but seriously couldn’t be any easier to make. Just throw all the ingredients in the blender, and that’s it!
I even saved you the trouble of taking out the seeds and membranes of the jalapeño (to keep things simple and to save your fingers from any burning). Just cut off a one-inch piece and toss it in with the other ingredients, and you’re good to go.
Once you see how easy it is to make your own homemade salsa, you’ll never need (or want!) to buy it from the store again.
Make a batch today!
Couldn't-Be-Easier Homemade Salsa
- 1 14-ounce can tomatoes, drained
- 1/3 cup onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
- 1 inch piece jalapeno seeds and membranes intact
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice (or lemon juice)
Place all ingredients into a blender.
Pulse until the salsa is the desired consistency.
Chill for 30 minutes. (Or don't.)
Add as much or as little jalapeño as you'd like. I just cut off a 1-ince piece without messing with the seeds or membranes.