Easy Homemade Salsa

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This garden-fresh homemade salsa is a welcome summer snack especially when you have an abundance of homegrown tomatoes, jalapenos, and garlic. Easy and super fast to put together with just five summer fresh ingredients.

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HOMEMADE SALSA GOES WITH ALMOST ANYTHING!

I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to do is deal with a hot oven in the middle of summer! This homemade tomato salsa is a perfect, 5 minute, no-bake partner of most any dish. A few more recipes like Garden Fresh Tomato Bruschetta, Homemade Hummus, this savory Easy Artichoke Dip Bread, or this Healthy Chicken Salad pair great with easy summer salads, cold pea pasta salad, baked potatoes…so many choices! Mix it with this Jalapeno Ranch Dressing for a really spicey dip, baked potato condiment or salad topper!

FRESH SALSA RECIPE INGREDIENTS

ingredients and spices

Fresh ingredients are a big, huge plus!! If you are a gardener then it’s a double huge plus!!

  • Ripe, fresh tomatoes make this recipe fresh and summer tasting. Hothouse commercial tomatoes are just blah to me…that’s why if I do make this in the winter I will use canned.
  • Jalapenos are another garden-fresh item that’s just better coming from your own back yard!
  • Fresh homegrown garlic is the best and it is the easiest veggie-herb to grow…I’m not kidding! Try it!
  • Cilantro is also another one that is super easy to grow…but it’s a cool-weather herb in my Okie area so I end up buying it because it’s long gone by the time my tomatoes are ripe.
  • Summer fresh onion is no doubt better than the commercial but I’ve never had any luck growing them so I try and pick them up at our local farmer’s market or wait till Vidalias come in from Georgia!
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Seasoning is Key!

  • Sea Salt is really good…regular salt is just as good in this salsa! The amount is very individual but plan on a lot because the tomatoes just suck it up!!!
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SALSA

Four easy steps go into making this homemade bowl of salsa love…

  1. Rough chop all the veggies
  2. Place in the food processor
  3. Add seasonings to the food processor
  4. Turn the processor on and blend until the desired consistency.

PRO TIPS:

  • It doesn’t matter what kind of tomatoes you use. A lot of recipes call for Roma tomatoes…well you don’t get a lot of juice with those and salsa needs good, fresh tomato juice.
  • The amount of salt and all other spices depends on the number of tomatoes you use. The juice just sucks up the salt and the spices… taste teste often!
  • If you want a more chunky salsa bypass the food processor and cut up all the veggies to the desired size and place in a bowl.
  • The amount of jalapenos, garlic, and cilantro is entirely up to your taste buds. I was making this salsa recipe for guests so I went mild on the spice/ heat level. Set out some extra Tobasco sauce for the fire lovers!
  • For hotter and spicier salsa use 2 jalapenos with seeds, a little more chili powder, and 1 or 2 extra teaspoons salt.
  • Refrigerate this for at least an hour…24 hours is optimal for ultimate flavor melding!

That’s is…so simple!! Enjoy!!!

closup up of homemade salsa on a chip

Easy Homemade Salsa

This garden-fresh homemade salsa is a welcome summer snack especially when you have an abundance of homegrown tomatoes, jalapenos, and garlic. Easy and super fast to put together with just five summer fresh ingredients..
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword appetizer, chips, dip, hot sauce, salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 25kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh tomatoes rough chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion rough chopped
  • 1.5 medium jalapeno rough chopped
  • handful of cilantro
  • 3-4 garlic cloves peeled and rough chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp chili powder or more to taste
  • 2 tsp cumin or more to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp salt or more to taste prefer sea salt but regular is good

Instructions

  • Rough chop all the veggies.
  • Place in the food processor.
  • Add seasonings to the food processor.
  • Turn the processor on and blend until the desired consistency.

Notes

  • It doesn’t matter what kind of tomatoes you use. A lot of recipes call for Roma tomatoes…well you don’t get a lot of juice with those and salsa needs good, fresh tomato juice.
  • The amount of salt and all other spices depends on the number of tomatoes you use. The juice just sucks up the salt and the spices… taste teste often!
  • If you want a more chunky salsa bypass the food processor and cut up all the veggies to the desired size and place in a bowl.
  • The amount of jalapenos, garlic, and cilantro is entirely up to your taste buds. I was making this salsa recipe for guests so I went mild on the spice/ heat level. Set out some extra Tobasco sauce for the fire lovers!
  • For hotter and spicier salsa use 2 jalapenos with seeds, a little more chili powder, and 1 or 2 extra teaspoons salt.
  • Refrigerate this for at least an hour…24 hours is optimal for ultimate flavor melding!

Nutrition

Calories: 25kcal
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