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The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

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Fresh Tomatoes and Salsa

There is a tomato overload in my backyard right now.

Every year I plant way more tomato seeds than any one family should, in hopes that a few plants will survive and thrive. I am not known for being the best gardener, yet I do get lucky every now and again.

This year, my tomato plants took off, providing us with a seemingly endless supply of seven varieties of tomatoes. I have been eating them in salads and sauces for the last month.

Yet I always say, when life gives you tomatoes… Make salsa!

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Homemade Salsa

There are hundreds thousands of tomato-based salsa recipes online. Why should you make this one?

Well, we think this is The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe around because it is healthy, quick to make, offers a fine chunky texture, and is brimming with absurd amounts of flavor.

Want to know the secret to perfectly delicious salsa?

See the Complete Best Homemade Salsa Recipe Card Below!

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The Secret To The Best Salsa Recipe

Sometimes salsa made with just fresh ingredients can come off with a shallow flavor… Lacking depth. Whereas, salsa made with canned ingredients alone can taste store-bought.

It is my belief that you need both fresh and canned ingredients to make the best homemade salsa recipe.

Here is everything you need to make the most delicious salsa easily at home:

  • Ripe tomatoescored and quartered, no peeling necessary!
  • Red onionpeeled and quartered
  • Garlic clovespeeled
  • Jalapeñosstemmed and seeded
  • Cilantro 
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Ground cumin
  • Sugar – optional. Sometimes the tomatoes need a little boost to balance the acidity.
  • Salt
  • Canned crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • Diced green chilesyour choice of mild, medium, or hot

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How To Make Salsa

  1. Prepare the veggies and add to your food processor along with lime juice and seasonings. Chop to a fine grade.
  2. Next, add the canned crushed San Marzano tomatoes and green chiles and puree again until almost smooth. The canned tomatoes provide a rustic essence and sweetness that accentuates the fresh produce, while the canned green chiles deliver a smoky quality that fresh peppers are lacking.
  3. Add more cumin and salt to taste, and refrigerate until chilled and ready to enjoy.

You will taste bright tangy notes from garden-fresh tomatoes, sharp notes from the onion and garlic, herbs and spice, and complexity from the “secret ingredient” canned items, all in one!

Spoon this flavorful salsa over eggs, on your favorite Mexican dishes, or just scoop it up with chips or fresh veggies.

You are going to love this recipe for game day, potlucks, parties, or just keeping in the fridge for anytime when you need a zesty snack!

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Is This Salsa Recipe Spicy?

Yes this recipe has got zing but, if you are sensitive to spicy heat, you can adjust The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe by adding less jalapeños and being sure to purchase the mild canned green chiles.

Or if you prefer to take the heat up a notch, try throwing in habanero or serrano chiles!

How Long Will Homemade Salsa Last?

This salsa will keep well for 10-12 days if kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Be sure to not allow it to sit for too long (over an hour or so) at room temperature between keeping chilled in the fridge.

You can also freeze this homemade salsa for up to 4 months by putting in a freezer-safe container and then wrapping with foil.

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The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Servings: 20 (5 cups)


  • 4 ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 1 red onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 jalapenos, stemmed and seeded (you can substitute 1-2 habanero or serrano peppers.)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2-3 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 15 ounces crushed San Marzano tomatoes (1 can)
  • 4.5 ounces diced green chiles, mild, medium, or hot (1 can)


  • Place the fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers, cilantro, lime juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, 2 teaspoons sugar (if using), and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the contents are fine and well blended.
  • Pour in the crushed tomatoes and green chiles. Puree until mostly smooth. Taste, then add more cumin and sugar if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



If refrigerated in an airtight container, this salsa should last 10-12 days.
Spice Level - If you are sensitive to spicy heat, reduce the jalapenos to 1 pepper. Also, I love cumin, however, some people are sensitive to it. You can reduce the cumin to 1 teaspoon if needed.


Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 19kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 230mg, Potassium: 150mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 305IU, Vitamin C: 11.3mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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371 comments on “The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe”

  1. This was really good but I didn’t love the cumin. Next time I’ll leave that out, or lessen it significantly. I also added some tomatillos. 

  2. I have made this numerous times and the tortilla holding grows each time!!! Fantastic

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  4. This was great salsa! Thank you!

  5. Very easy to make and the flavor is outstanding. Awesome recipe and will definitely make this a lot more now.

  6. This is my go to recipe for Salsa!   Have made it for a few years now and the kids can hardly wait for our tomato harvest so they can devour salsa.  My SIL bragged about her salsa recipe but after eating this one she has flipped!  Don’t hesitate to make .. so easy and tasty.

  7. This salsa is amazing! But I don’t know where the 15oz can of crushed marzanos comes from though, I’ve never seen it, only 14.5oz. My daughter and I have been working on perfecting this recipe for our tastes… use less cilantro and ground cilantro, no sugar, and MSG. Comes out amazing!

  8. I just made the salsa, and OMG! Sooo good!! I did everything as directed,  and this is now my new favorite salsa! Thank you for this wonderful recipe! 😁

  9. Love this Homemade Salsa Recipe, seems super amazing and delicious . Super excited to try this one, will love try this unique Salsa Recipe.

  10. It really is the best salsa!!! I never follow any recipe exactly, because I measure with my heart. I definitely like mine spicier I use 3 jalapenos and a serrano or two depending how spicy they are.

  11. I love these Fresh Tomatoes and Salsa. I have applied the recipe of this article to cook for everyone to eat.

  12. My family and I have been using this recipe for over a year now and it’s the best homemade salsa recipe because it tastes delicious, guarantees that your guests will love it and is so easy to make.

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  15. Love this delicious homemade salsa recipe, this one seems super delicious and amazing . Will love to try this delicious and unique recipe . Thanks for sharing this recipe with us

  16. Thanks for sharing this best homemade salsa recipe, will love to try this super delicious homemade salsa recipe. Amazing one , thanks for sharing this one with us .

  17. Love this recipe. I use 4 fresh lunch box peppers instead of the green chillis. Also some smoked paprika to taste gives it a smokey flavor.

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  20. Thank you for sharing with us such a yummy homemade salsa recipe, we will definitely try this recipe.

  21. Outstanding! This will be my go to salsa from now on!!

  22. Wow! This really is the best homemade salsa recipe! I’ve tried several different recipes but they never had the flavor I was looking for.
    This recipe nails it. Great flavor and texture. Very fresh tasting. I followed everything as written. It came out perfect. And it’s so easy. I won’t have to buy store bought salsa again. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Thanks for sharing this the best homemade salsa recipe, this one salsa recipe seems so delicious , will love to make this one .

    • Yummy! Easy recipe I used my blender and it turned out great. Super inexpensive to make and it makes a good amount. Will add more spice to the next round to try. No more store bought salsa for us :)

  24. Yummy recipe i like cooking 😋

  25. Love this salsa recipe.
    I’ll definitely be making it again very soon
    It is my favorite salsa recipe now and the only one I use.

  26. Very straightforward and simple, I’ve been looking for salsa recipes

  27. This is fantastic!!
    The only thing I need to change is less cumin. I put 2 tsp, and it was entirely too much. Next time I would like to try with just half a tsp cumin. Also, my family likes heat in their salsa, but as I’ve grown older my mouth has become really sensitive and I can’t eat anything super hot or I will have mouth ulcers. So, I used the 3 jalapenos but I left the seeds in one. Worked very well. It brought the heat just perfectly.
    Would love to know if I can can this.

  28. This was very easy to follow and turned out perfectly. Reminded me of the medium spice salso from Poquito Mas!. I substituted lemon for lime (it’s what I had in the house). Easy to halve so that you aren’t sitting with too much.

  29. My salsa has a very very intense onion taste. is there anything i can do to fix that?

  30. This salsa is so yummy! Does anyone know a way to Can it so it still tastes the same?

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  32. Hello,
    I’m jackson, I’m a chef who loves food, I’m always interested in new foods.Homemade Salsa Recipe is great! i just finished them tonight, taste is great and i had a great dinner with my little family. Thanks for your sharing.
    Sincerely grateful!

  33. Always fan of home made food . This salsa recipe looks so delicious , will definitely gonna try this one

  34. i want try las night with my family and taste is delicious very good.

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  36. This is great! I love this recipe and I will make mine special spicy.
    Thank you for this

  37. I used a combination of hot peppers, because my best friend grows them, had easy access, so I gauged for heat myself: jalapeno, cayenne, serrano, fresno.
    I certainly thank you for writing this article well, hopefully it will become a reference in journals or other scientific writings and can help many people. thanks.
    Of course, from the writing you write, there are things that still need to be explained in detail in order to be able to provide enlightenment and become a reference source for all who read.

  38. So basically “salsa” is raw meshed gravy of tomatoes , onions and other stuff . This is actually common in Indian food . Btw thanks for sharing recipe with us

  39. I can only find whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes.. how would I be able to incorporate these as a substitute?
    I made this recipe with regular crushed tomatoes, and want to bring it up to the next level. It was delicious, best I’ve had since my sister passed away. I think she was using your recipe. Closest I’ve gotten to re-creating hers. ❤️

  40. I love salsa and i always thought how to make it since childhood but, after days past i forget that now through your post i will be able to make it now, thanks.

  41. This is a beautiful, dependable recipe. I made the recipe x 10, as I enjoy using my tomato harvest this way rather than simply canning plain tomatoes. I used a combination of hot peppers, because my best friend grows them, had easy access, so I gauged for heat myself: jalapeno, cayenne, serrano, fresno. My question is: I plan to CAN this today in a very large quantity to preserve at room temperature, so will cooking the ingredients together break down the consistency to mush?

    • Sandra,
      Did you end up canning this recipe? We are trying to do the same and wondering how it will come out. Thanks!

      • No; I just posted a few hours ago and am awaiting her reply. I canned salsa last year, and it was quite fine. But, I would certainly expect less chunkiness and more liquid from the cooking. But, this is the only way for me. I need to store at room temperature and not in the freezer. Also, I have soooo many fresh San Marzanos that I do not buy the canned at the store to add. I’m sure it has a better consistency, though, if I had.

    • I made this recipe and love it, also wondering how to can it. Did you try?

  42. It’s a good starting point for a salsa but nothing special. If you’re not a fan of cumin, add in little by little. 2 tsp was too much for me. I ended up adding more peppers and a white onion in hopes to mask the strong cumin taste. I wouldn’t make this again.

  43. Best Salsa ever my family loved it thanks 🙏 

  44. Made this exactly as indicated (but all fresh tomatoes) and was amazing. So, Midwest gal thinks she is pretty spicy yet hasn’t learned her peppers yet. Store sold out of canned green Chili’s so improvised with one habenaro and one pablano roasted. Well, broke in to a sweat that even burned my eyes!!! Lol, not exaggerating! Whew! So dumped more cilantro and lime juice in, a little bit more stevia and a big pinch of Hungarian paprika. Toned it down to my level and still turned out super fresh and tasty…yum… I don’t think you can do wrong by this fool-proof recipe: thank you!!!!!

  45. How large are the tomatos you use? The ones from my garden are about Roma sized so I’m trying to determine how many to use. Thanks. 

  46. This looks delish!!! What do you do with the seeds in both fresh and canned tomatoes? 

    • cut out the core (the light green inside of the tomato) and the canned tomatoes just drain and put all contents in your processor.

  47. This recipe is awesome.  I use it as a baseline but add to it with different types of ingredients and it delivers every time!

  48. Great recipe

  49. Hey this is so tasty. Can I can it? Thanks!

  50. Most excellent! Not too spicy, and I loved the inclusion of cumin. I never considered using both canned and fresh tomatoes, but it worked. I would like a bit more garlic, but this is an easy adjustment. 

  51. This is a great salsa recipe that turned out really tasty! My daughter loved it

  52. Made exactly as written. Fan flippin tastic!!!!  Love it!!! 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  53. OMG 😁 I love this recipe ❤❤❤ thanks

  54. Great tasting and easy to make. I like spicy more than the rest of my family but this had the right flavor keep us all happy I used 2 teaspoons cumin but 5 garlic cloves and certainly more than 1/3 cup cilantro. Will definitely make this again. 

  55. Cookware set can help here better

  56. I made this for a recent summer gathering and it was a huge hit! Thanks so much for sharing.

  57. Authentic San Marzano tomatoes are not sold crushed. Whole or filet peeled are the only options.

    • Crushed are available. You can google it.

      • Crushed San Marzano are a fake product. You can google THAT!

        How do I know if my San Marzano tomatoes are real?

        So, if you spot a can of diced San Marzano tomatoes, you’re looking at a fake. Also, some brands even flat-out say the’re not from Italy in the label’s fine print. The real deal will also have the DOP seal and a Consorzio San Marzano certification number on the bottom of the can.

      • Awesome salsa! Perfect.

  58. Quite tasty I used 2 jalapeños and ten ounces of green chili.  I’m added a dash or three of ground ancho chili pepper.  I was taught to simmer my salsa growing up in Central Texas.  It helps the spices marry.  Salsa is always better the 2nd day!

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  61. We tried to make this for my family, and my family really love it. I will introduce your recipe for my friends. Thank you so much. I love it

  62. This was delicious and so easy! Not going to buy jar salsa anymore.

  63. The only thing that I do differently is I roast my whole tomatoes, pealed whole cloves of garlic  and slice my onions into thick slices under the broiler till slightly browned and blackened then add to everything else in blender and pulse until desired thickness this is a great base recipe yummy 

  64. I did not try salsa yet but by reading this easy recipe I am thinking to have of try to make such a delicious salsa.

  65. We enjoyed it but it was VERY cumin-y! I will reduce cumin next time we make it and add more lime. 

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  67. Amazing – thanks for sharing!

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  69. This recipe was mouth watering delicious 😋. The only change I made was replacing the sugar with maple syrup. Definitely be making this again ❤❤❤❤

  70. The best salsa ever!!

  71. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe. It is my favourite recipe. This is beneficial for a good health. I really appreciate the efforts of this blog author. Please keep it up. Thanks again!!

  72. The best salsa recipe!!
    Thank you!

  73. This is my absolute favorite homemade salsa. I think the San Marzano tomatoes make it! I’ve made it with other canned tomatoes and it’s tough to get the right taste.

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  76. This is a fantastic recipe! My only issue with it is that the metric conversions are wrong. It’s using “ml” for dry ingredients. Milliliters is a measurement for liquids, not solids, or in this recipe, powders. The metric ingredients should all be in grams.

    • ml is a volume measurement. This is no different then asking for 1 cup of flour or 1 tablespoon of flour.

      With water, the conversion to weight is very simple as 1ml of water = 1 gram of water, or 1000ml = 1 liter = 1 kilogram.

  77. My absolute favorite salsa recipe! I believe it is the mixture of both fresh and canned tomatoes used in this recipe that made the difference, and made this recipe truly special. I only made one adjustment. I like spice, so I kicked the heat up by adding about a tablespoon of siracha, since I didn’t have access to habanero peppers at the time. It was delicious! I’ve made this salsa many times now and even gave small jars away as a parting gift to guests at my birthday brunch. Thank you!

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  79. Great base recipe and so customizable. I prefer. Bright, fresh tasting salsa, so I did half of the fire-roasted tomatoes, extra cilantro, and extra lime. It came out just perfect. ☺️ Taste as you go so that it comes out just how you want.

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  81. Taught my g-daughter this recipe to teach her how to read a recipe and cook it. Came out delicious.

  82. Great recipe!
    They look delicious and easy to make.
    My favorite one is the Homemade Salsa. I think I will give it a try and make it now.
    Thank You!

  83. I love to cook. Finding and updating new menu recipes every day makes me more interested and interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, Homemade Salsa is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like that. Thanks for sharing the

    great recipe.!!
    Super Tasty.!!!

  84. For some reason, I love cooking your recipes. It looks delicious, for sure this Homemade Salsa is going to be on my table tonight. Thank you, Sommer Collier, for this simple yet delicious looking recipe. !!

  85. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SALSA RECIPE!! It has become my go to recipe.  I have adjusted some of the ingredients to suit my tastes and I have had NOTHING but compliments. THANK YOU!!! 

  86. Look it delicous and taste great

  87. Too onion-y :(

  88. Looks yummy. I’ve tried to make this for my family, and my family really love it. I will introduce your recipe for my friends. Thank you so much. I love it.

  89. Do I have to remove the seeds from the tomatoes

  90. Can you can this recipe in canning jars with hot water bath

  91. Thank you for sharing. It looks so yummy.

  92. It is well balanced and easy to make more than I thought, even after being refrigerated for several days. Highly recommend for everyone.

  93. Made this twice now and it’s a winner!! 
    My adult son came over and had some and asked if it was his grandma’s salsa!! That’s a compliment! We are in Texas so we love our salsa!!! Thanks for the recipe! 
    I used monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar… 
    My food processor was full to the max shorting out! 
    Added more lime juice and tons of cilantro! 

  94. Amazing! It is really well balanced, tastes fresh, and the perfect kind of red salsa that you’d want! 

  95. This is truly the best salsa we’ve tried. It beats the ones from the restaurants and from the jar. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!

  96. Hello Sommer Collier,
    That’s great article about best homemade salsa recipe. keep your good job.

  97. My wife is officially addicted to this 

  98. Wow!! This really IS  the best! Rivals my favorite taco spots’ salsas. I made a half recipe & it filled a quart jar. I couldn’t get San Marzano tomatoes crushed at my grocery so I got a 28oz can of Cento organic San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes which I fished out of the can & pulsed to a crushed consistency in the blender. FYI – a 28 oz can became roughly 15oz when the actual tomatoes were separated from the sauce in the can.

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  100. I made this dish with fun. I love recipe. It is simple and easy. Can’t wait to make this. Pictures are mouthwatering !! Yummy. Great food. Thank you for amazing article. Can I double this recipe?

    • I like this review of you, same point of view

      • I used 20 cherry tomatoes in place of the 4 regular tomatoes and it turn out great. Plus I didn’t have to core and quarter the tomatoes, so that saved time, and it was a good way to use up the cherries, as we all seem to have too many at times. This was fun to make, and eat. Thank you, Sommer.

  101. I’ve never made salsa at home in my entire life, following the passion for cooking realizes me to start making dishes and try something new daily.

    Your this recipe made me craving for having a salsa right now and it looks so tasty in those alluring pictures

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  103. Made the recipe. Love it… just curious if it can be canned 

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  105. Awesome recipe! Great stuff! Added little more cilantro.

  106. Great recipe. I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so I used rotel tomatoes with green chili and it worked great!

  107. Can I us3 blender I don’t have food processor

  108. Delicious if l may say so myself. 

  109. Excellent recipe!! No need to search for other recipes. Used 1 t of sugar to balance acidity. 

  110. Can I preserve this recipe by canning it?

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  112. You shouldn’t need to cook it. You WILL need to extricate enough water with a strainer to make the consistency how you like it. Leave 1/4-1/2 inch of space when freezing. You should like the “taste of summer” if frozen properly. My $.02…

  113. Hi – delicious recipe! For those with the “onion too strong” thing, soak your onion in white or apple cider vinegar for 60-90 secs, It “de-strongs” them! This is a Rick Bayless trick I learned. Also, I have lots of yellow, and sungolds which are really sweet. Would they work ok with the San Marino crushed tomatoes?

  114. Can I use a regular ninja blender? I don’t have a good processor.

  115. I love this salsa!  While I saw a couple of comments that the onion was too strong, I  found the balance of flavors to be perfect.  (In the interest of full disclosure, I do not like onions generally.)   I did not have San Marzano tomatoes in my pantry, but the fire roasted tomatoes that I did have added a great flavor.  Perfect as is – I wouldn’t change a thing!

  116. Do you need to peel the tomatoes?

  117. Very good recipe except I will omit the sugar. I feel it ruined it because it was sweet. I had to add more lime juice and peppers to offset the sweetness. I will make it again but minus the sugar next time. 

  118. Can you freeze this salsa without cooking it?

  119. This is restaurant style salsa. Yum. Homemade salsa is the best with fresh ingredients from the garden. Family approved. I split up my salsa, one with jalapeno pepper one without.

  120. It was excellent I used 2 jalapeños and 1 Carolina reaper. Can you can this with a pressure cooker?  I wondered because you can raw can that wa.

  121. Best salsa recipe i have found yummy ,I ate over half of it yummy ,Thank You  Vicky

  122. Just simply yummy. I ONLY like homemade salsa – and I swear, I could eat the entire batch in one sitting. This recipe is exactly what I love about summer. In the interest of scaling back the heat, I only used one jalapeño and it is VERY mild. I highly recommend this recipe.

  123. This is my go to in the summer. I have many tomatoes in the garden. I use whatever weighs out to roughly 15 oz. I have more cherry/grape tomatoes than anything so I use that…still works and has that great flavor!

  124. I used one packet of “Sugar in the Raw” and added a teaspoon of chili powder. It wasn’t too sweet. 

  125. Looks great! The recipe is quite simple and easy to prepare, added to the menu for this weekend. Hope to enjoy the delicious Homemade Salsa with my family. Thanks and have a nice day!

  126. I made this salsa last year after visiting my local Farmers Market “Hot Pepper Festival” in Lexington,  Kentucky.  I used all fresh tomatoes (red and yellow) and did not use anything from a can because I had tons of fresh summer heirloom tomatoes on hand!  It was my first attempt at homemade salsa and it was a huge success!

  127. Very easy and fresh, but I shouldn’t have added the can of crushed tomatoes. It was so flavorful with everything else. The crushed tomatoes took away from the flavors and spice. 

  128. FANTASTIC and EASY! Do you think I could use a bunch of cherry and grape tomatoes for the tomatoes. We just got a ton of those in. 

  129. Holy Smokes! This was delicious. I split the recipe in half because I was worried that I wouldn’t like it enough to eat it all. WHAT A MISTAKE!

    I can’t get enough of this stuff. thank you for sharing the recipe!

  130. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get a food processor, what size would be best for this recipe?  What size do you use?

  131. I also like to add Mexican oregano, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and shredded monterey jack cheese

  132. Fantastic salsa recipe, this from a produce gardening/selling family! We have experimented long and wide with various fresh tomatoes, peppers, herbs – never occurred to me to add canned (store bought), but it works! Actually, we used Rotel (2 cans drained) instead of the canned San Marzanos and green chiles, was what we had on hand. Everything else exactly as in recipe. So great! Thanks for our new go-to red tomato salsa!

  133. Excellent salsa…. Quick, easy and tasty.

  134. Good recipe but should not have put the cumin in it ! Very strong and overpowering . Made it a second time with no cumin and used all fresh peppers and tomatoes and was great . Thank you for this recipe !

  135. I couldn’t find crushed san marzano tomato’s.  Will regulate crushed tomatoes work?

  136. My mother loved the salsa i made for her. Thanks for the amazing recipe

  137. This is hands down the best salsa I have ever eaten. All my friends want this recipe. I did not use sugar and I added two green tomatoes. I added hot green chili and 1 large jalapeño  and it was not too hot. I now own my forth batch  in two weeks. Fantastic

  138. I have not done this yet. What I need to know. Can you make this recipe without a food processor?

  139. Excellent, easy to make. Highly recommend!!

  140. Yes!!! Loved it

  141. Yes!!! The entire family enjoyed it!! I also added some Cheyenne pepper powder to a batch to make it spicy!!! Thank you so much for sharing

  142. Best Homemade Salsa Recipe is great! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. thank you

  143. I made your spicy salsa  and it came out sweet! What’s can I do now?

    • Hi Connie,

      Did you add sugar? It’s best to go light on the sugar at first, to determine how acidic your tomatoes are. However, you can always add more lime juice to balance out the sweetness.

  144. My family and I all love this recipe! It is our favorite and so easy to make.

  145. This is some great salsa that I make all the time accept, I don’t use a food processor I’d rather cut everything by hand….. Keeping it on the chunky side is more how my family likes it.

  146. WOW! MUCH better than ANY store bought I’ve ever had. Can’t wait for my kids to try this later. Thanks!

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  148. I made this this weekend to go with the barbacoa I was making. I wish I hadn’t added the sugar, I used roma tomatoes and the marzano tomatoes which I think both had some sweetness to a degree. I gave my hubby some before I added the lime juice and he liked it, after I mixed in the lime juice he didn’t like it as much. We did enjoy the salsa, but next time I will leave out the sugar. My go to pepper is the serrano, but the jalapenos were only available. Not quite the best, but really good, thank you for the recipe. I look forward to trying out more of your recipes.

  149. This was such a lovely recipe and so simple to make. Thankyou!! :)

  150. I love this recipe! Just a few tweaks I made due to  preference and lack of ingredients on hand: 1) I omitted the cilantro since I didn’t have any. 2) I didn’t have jalapeño either, so added a few teaspoons of red pepper flakes instead for some kick. 3) I reduced the amount of onion…used 1/8th of a red onion the first time I made it, and 1/4-1/2 of a yellow onion this time. Turned out amazing both times!!!

  151. Can you can this recipe? This is my favorite salsa! 

    • Hi Marla,

      Sorry, because some of the ingredients are fully raw, it is not a canning recipe. You would have to cook it a little first, which would change the flavor. However, I have heard from some readers that they freeze it, and it thaws pretty well.

  152. Can you make a large amount of this salsa and freeze it or store it for longer times? 

  153. The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe is great! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. Thank you

  154. This had become our go to recipe for salsa… it’s absolutely perfect consistency and taste!

  155. Made this today and wow! It was so good, I had a heart attack a month ago and I have to watch my sodium intake. This is healthier and tastes better than any store-bought salsa! Thank you for this amazing recipe!!

  156. I made this today for my family and it was delicious!

  157. I may regret it tomorrow,  but I added a couple of extra roasted jalapeños.  An extra couple of pinches of salt and cumin as well.  

    Turned out really good.

  158. I made this today. Really tasty! Didn’t include onion only because I don’t like it.  Added some cayenne. I just chopped up all the ingredients very finely. Then I used an immersion blender after I added the crushed tomatoes. Will definitely make again!

  159. Finally made this today and it was delicious!

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  161. This is the ABSOLUTE BEST salsa I’ve ever had. My mother in law wanted homemade salsa for mothers day. I’ve never made it before, so I just googled, read the reviews and gave it a try. I’m so glad I did…..everyone at the cookout said it was the best they’ve ever had. My husband has put it on his chicken the past 2 days. I had it with my eggs this am. It has made it to my permanent recipe book. I look forward to making this in the future. So healthy, fresh and delicious! Thanks so much!!!!

  162. I have made this salsa a dozen times, all with rave reviews from those who eat it. I do make two batches, as one I kick up a notch by adding a few smokey chipotle peppers.

    I slight modify by not putting the onions in along with the rest of the veggies first… they tend to get to finely choppped/mushy so I add them in later to integrate. I also use Roma tomatoes. And by all means, take a small nibble out of the jalapenos to determine their heat level.. some are like bellpeppers, some are the hottest things ever! You’ll need to adjust accordingly.

  163. My husband said it was the best salsa he ever had! Now that’s a compliment! 

  164. Very good, thank you for sharing!  I added a chopped up tomato at the end to make it slightly chunky. Delicious recipe 

  165. The cumin just didn’t do it for us… it was very overpowering and we used 1 1/2 tsp. I think it would’ve been 5 stars without it.

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  167. What I favorite first to love is your presentation, is very beautiful, and attract readers. How you share very clear and intelligibility. Thank you.

  168. This was a great salsa recipe – but wondering if I can omit the sugar?

  169. I liked the recipe. I did not add the canned tomatoes, used 1 serrano and 3 jalapenos with the Hatch canned hot green chilies. Turned out great!! It has heat; how I like it, and there is a lot of salsa.

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  171. This formula was right on the money!! So great! It is fiery however even with de-seeding the jalapeños. What’s more, I like fiery stuff.

  172. Excellent! This recipe makes me want to grow tomatoes and limes!

  173. So stinkin’ good! I’ll never buy store bought again.

  174. Just amazing! It tastes exactly like the restaurant kind! Very fresh. I’ll be making this again.

  175. I just made this, and I thought that the canned tomatoes kind of ruined the fresh flavor I enjoy from salsa. It turned out great in consistency, and it made a lot of salsa. It just wasn’t to my taste.

  176. For not having to boil, char, roast, or smoke anything, this is an EXCELLENT recipe. I added a teaspoon of chili powder (and an extra habanero or two, because I love heat) to balance out the raw veggie-ness with some smokier flavor and was very happy with this batch of salsa. I have not tried a tablespoon of chipotle pepper sauce, but that might be the next tried alteration. Thanks for taking the time and sharing.

  177. Delicious made it twice now. We have said goodbye to store bought salsa with this recipe :)

  178. Tried several fresh salsa recipes, this one is the best by far. Thank you for sharing

  179. Turned out great! I roasted the veggies and added a Serrano and Anaheim pepper. Also  used hot green Chiles. We like it spicy. Def is my new salsa recipe. 

  180. ****I have a question please****

    Do you cook the veggies first? Or we doing this all raw?

  181. This is awesome! We are not corn-chip people, so this will probably go over eggs… or toast… it makes quite a bit, so I froze some!

  182. This recipe is awesome. She is 100% correct about using half fresh and half canned tomatoes. The only thing i switched was I used fresh jalepenos instead of canned green chili’s. I loved it!

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  184. WAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY  too much onion.  Ended up needing to double everything else, and the onion was still overpowering (and I love onion).  Perhaps I just had a whopper of an onion?  Otherwise, the flavors were extremely good.  Will definitely make again with about 1/4 of the onion.  

    • I agree! The onion was so overpowering that everything else tasted a bit bitter. But other than that, it tasted good.

  185. The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe is great! This is my family’s favorite food, it’s great to be able to prepare them at home for everyone to enjoy. Thanks for your detailed tutorial, I just need to follow and everything is easy. Best regards!

  186. I DID make it! I had a pretty good recipe, but I like this better! I particularly like her style! Using both types of tomatoes! Very true!

  187. This is an amazing recipe, and now my families go to salsa choice! 

  188. As in most Mexican dishes, this uses cilantro. I’m one of those folks who doesn’t care for the taste. (It’s actually been said to be a genetic thing.) Would you suggest replacing the cilantro with parley or just leave it out?

  189. This is now my main, go-to salsa. I tweak it a bit here and there but really they’re just slight modifications to your recipe. Thanks!

  190. I am losing weight and am looking for some recipes to complete my weight loss schedule. so lucky i found you If you have more, can I learn more? How can I contact you here? thank you very much.

  191. hi, I made this recipe and it was delicious. I made it for a gathering and got excellent reviews with it. I give it 5 stars, easy to put together, much better than store bought or restaurant salsa. Making more for a friend and also putting a twist on it with tomatillos. Best salsa I have had EVER.

  192. This recipe is delicious, I have made salsa for years and this is spot on with flavor.  The only thing I changed was the tomatoes.  I typically use Roma tomatoes but I have also tried the recipe exactly as written and it is very good.  I love this site.

  193. SO good! Substituted the 3 Jalepeno’s for 4 Smoked Chipotle Peppers out of my garden (Jalepenos smoked dry)

  194. This was delicious! Thank you for the recipe. The can of crushed tomatoes made all the difference. Wonderful depth of flavor.

  195. I made this and it was delicious! I substituted the salt with caldo de pollo powder and it added even more depth to the salsa. Give it a try! 

  196. This dish is suitable for a party, I will make it for my family.
    thank you.

  197. I really like fruits and vegetables, it’s great that I’ve found it here.
    The food is actually guaranteed and very beneficial to health.

  198. Wow! This is fabulous! I found the San Marzano tomatoes to be quite expensive, so I replaced with Market Pantry, which was much less expensive. Used only one jalapeno, and was plenty spicy for my family.

  199. Simple materials, easy to buy, instructions very easy to understand. I love this dish

  200. This is pretty close to the recipe I always use to make salsa but it never occurred to me to roast the tomatoes, onions and peppers! I normally just chop up some fresh Roma tomatoes (too much liquid and lack of flavor in canned tomatoes) but I will definitely be roasting everything next time.

    Great idea…thanks for sharing!!!

  201. First time trying any salsa. Love this one!!! Overflowing with tomatoes out the garden. Thanks

  202. The first time I knew this recipe, it was very special and different from the food I’ve tried. I want to go to the kitchen now. Thank you for sharing!

  203. Do the tomatoes need to be peeled?

  204. I love to cook. Finding and updating new menu recipes every day makes me more interested and interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like that. Thanks for your sharing

  205. I recently made this recipe and it was a hit with my family and one of the best salsas I’ve ever made. I agree that the mix of fresh and canned ingredients creates a nice mix of flavors that neither fresh nor canned items could achieve on their own. And it was just about the right amount of “heat” to satisfy everyone’s tastes.  I highly recommend this recipe and if you like things a little hotter, just add more jalapeños or a tiny habanero. 

  206. I just made this today, with a few twists of my own, and tomorrow it’s entering a contest.
    I thought it was pretty tasty, tomorrow should be even better. We’ll see if she wins :)

  207. Delish! Made it exactly by recipe, and it did not disappoint!

  208. I recently moved to south Brazil ( Curitiba region ) and unfortunately people here do not share the zest of spicier foods as their brothers and sisters in the northeast ( Bahia, Rio etc.. )

    Finding a salsa here is easier said than done and finding one with the quality and bite that I am used to is almost impossible. Sure I bring some back once a year from the states but is a pain in the butt and within a month or two it is gone.

    This recipe is the best I have used so far. Like the title says ” fully adjustable “. My wife ( from this region of Brazil ) likes the more mild flavor and likes the fact she can I can make her a batch that is quite a bit milder than what I like. This salsa simply kicks ass! The only thing I had to modify from the original was to substitute parsley for the cilantro for I am one of the rare humans that cilantro tastes like soap.

    I could not recommend this recipe enough. Thank you!

  209. Wow, Great and Easy Recipe of salsa.

  210. This salsa is fantastic!

  211. This really is the best salsa recipe. I tried a handful of others, but this is the clear winner. Reviews from my friends and family were 5 star. One even thought I should enter the local salsa contest! Thank you so much for sharing.

  212. This is a great and easy recipe.  I do cut back on the Lime juice and I use Rotel versus the green chilis.  

  213. The only changes I made to the recipe was no cilantro and instead if canned tomatoes, we had some steak tomatoes that I smoked until they were soft enough for the skin to peel off. Fantastic recipe!

  214. Awesome base recipe, thank you!

    My sister and I still felt it needed a little depth so we added a small jar of chipotle peppers. It added a bunch of flavor without overpowering the veggies so I’d highly recommend that addition 

  215. Have you tried to can the salsa? It’s awesome and I’d like to make more but wasn’t sure it would store well under these directions. I imagine you may have to cook it first, but wasn’t sure. I’m a bit of a canning beginner, so any direction would be welcome. Plus, I have a pressure canner I’m itching to use. 

    • Hi Brian,

      Yes, you right. Because this recipe has raw components, it’s not great for canning. However, you can FREEZE it! In order to can it, you’d have to cook it and that would definitely change the overall fresh flavor.

    • I will be canning it. Just cook it first, as you said. 

      You can look at a salsa recipe geared toward canning, look at this one, adjust as needed. 

      Don’t eat your canned goods until November. Any mistakes will make themselves known by then. Easy peasy!

  216. This is the best. Have made it for 3 different friends . They all loved it. It is on my weekly cooking list. The best I have ever had.

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  218. Yummy! Thanks for sharing the great recipe! I’ll try it now

  219. This is interesting , haven’t tried it before so don’t know how does it taste, but I wanna make some. Thanks for the recipe

  220. Can I use a blender? I don’t have a good processor.

  221. easy to cook! Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  222. I made this today! Best salsa everrrrrr!!!!

  223. I made this recipe and it was delicious. I made it for a gathering and got excellent reviews with it. I give it 5 stars, easy to put together, much better than store bought or restaurant salsa. Making more for a friend and also putting a twist on it with tomatillos. Best salsa I have had EVER.

  224. I made this salsa yesterday. I give it 10 stars. I have been trying various online salsas and this recipe by far is the one I will ever make absolutely the best. I think I ate a whole cup of it.

  225. It looks very delicious. I will try this. Thanks for sharing!

  226. This is a fantastic salsa recipe! Make it! Eat it! I am bringing a batch to a concert in the park this evening and I know everyone will love it!

  227. This is perfect. Like you said, the flavors of the fresh don’t fall flat, and it still tastes 100% fresh, despite the canned additions. I added a little more lime and salt, but that’s just how I like everything. The recipe is delicious as-is.

  228. Instead of canned, I roasted some tomatoes and peppers and threw them in the food processor before adding them to raw ingredients.  Great combination and raw and roasted!

  229. This recipe was spot on!! So good! It is spicy though even with de-seeding the jalapeños. And I like spicy stuff. I bought an extra Serrano because I thought I’d need to up the spice but it wasn’t necessary. Took it to a party and it was gone quick! Thank you for the recipe. 

  230. Can I substitute the can of tomatoes for tomato paste for flavor and color? I also roasted the jalapenos for the roasted flavor. I understand there may be some consistency difference

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  232. So simple, I will make some and store for using sometimes. Thanks a lot.

  233. Seems like a great recipe – by the way – do you have the green chile?
    Can you do great without it?

  234. I’m finding for salsa recipe and I saw your post, it’s the easiest recipe I have seen. Thanks so much for sharing also the tips.

  235. That recipe looks so yummy! I’ll have to try that one. Thanks for sharing.

  236. You must try this~absolutely delicious and gorgeous.  I used Fire roasted San Marzano tomatoes (a must) and roasted about 2/3 of my peppers (Jalapeño, Serrano and Fresno) and used half the sugar and next time will omit especially if you have sweet, ripe tomatoes.   Would make a great gift with a bag of tortilla chips ;-) 

  237. I just had a quick view for the post, but I think I can make this, so easy, I have had salsa many times , but haven’t made this dish myself. Thanks.

  238. I’ve made this on multiple occasions now, it is my GO TO recipe. Yes, it’s a little time consuming and makes a big mess, but wow can it pack an amazing flavor punch if you do it right. It is my favorite salsa in the world, nobody does it better than me.

    I reverse the order of instructions a little bit. I puree the canned tomatoes (I get the fire roasted kind, diced or crushed doesn’t matter) and the chilis (hot of course). Then I add the tomatoes and cilantro and garlic and pulse a little more til its just about what I’d expect out of a jarred salsa. Get your spices in there too (salt and cumin, I leave out the sugar it doesn’t add anything IMO) Then, in another bowl I’ve had the onions and jalapenos and serranos (or whatever pepper I added..I always do one jalapeno and either a habenero or serrano for the other) soaking in lime juice the whole time. Then throw that bowl in, stir a little and pulse til its nice and chunky.

    I don’t like perfectly smooth salsas, I want some chunk in there, particularly from the onions and peppers so that’s why I reversed the order. Sometimes I leave 1/4 of the peppers and onions out and just hand dice and stir in at the end. I’m an onion fiend, so if you’re an onion person…you might try adding them in last to leave them a little more chunky.

  239. First try at homemade salsa and now I guess I will never go back to store bought!!  This was so delicious.  The whole family loved it.

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  241. Thanks for Sharing. Easy to cook! just make it and enjoy.

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  243. Had an abundance of tomatoes, jalapenos and onions in the produce box this week so I tried your recipe. It was perfect! I didn’t have any green chiles so had to do without those bu it is perfect. I made two batches: One for hubby using white onion and no cilantro. This recipe is a real keeper!

  244. Great recipe. I made it two different ways at the same time since I had some questions.
    1) Couldn’t find San Marzano crushed tomatoes at the store, they only had peeled san marzanos or fire roasted crushed san marzanos. So I went with half of the recipe with the peeled, and half of the recipe with the fire roasted.
    2) Don’t like sweet stuff so I put sugar in my fire roasted version and none in the other. Honestly couldn’t tell much of a difference. I did 1 teaspoon in the halved recipe. Since I couldn’t tell a difference in my taste test initially, I went ahead and threw the other 1 teaspoon into the second batch just in case its one of those things that just works well as salsa sits longer.
    3) Went with the “hot” chiles. They only had mild or hot at the store.

    Ultimately, I like this recipe very much. Its definitely hot, too hot for my husband. Not sure if all the heat came from the hot chiles or if I left some jalapeno seeds in accidentally. Next time I will use the mild chiles. I slightly prefered the fire roasted tomato version, but they were really very similar, not a big deal. I like chunkier onions in my salsa so next time I will probably throw them in chopped after processing other stuff, although this salsa would be perfect for cooking and as a topping, whereas my chunky version will work well with chips for me.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I think you really nailed it. Reminds me very much of Chuy’s Tex Mex salsa which I love (A popular Dallas/Austin Texas restaurant chain)

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  246. This is better than any restaurant salsa. Just delicious! I didn’t have any green chillies but it was good without it. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  248. Wow! You did an incredible job with this recipe! It’s delicious! My entire family loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  249. Made this recipe with my son (10yr old) on a rainy cold Saturday. What a success! Showing him some knife skills, taught him to use a can opener. Told stories. Substituted some of the tomato for a handful of tomatillos so I could teach him to blanch. Finally an hour or so away from technology to just talk with my son. Salsa turned out absolutely incredible btw. Thanks

    • The store only had peeled whole San Marzano tomatoes. Would you throw the juice in there too? I just crushed them by hand and omitted because the salsa already seemed liquidy enough. It is a great recipe and one I’ll be returning too again and again! Thanks for sharing!

  250. I LOVE this salsa!  I would like to can this salsa to make it last longer and give as gifts.  Are there any ingredients I need to add for canning?  If anyone has tried this does it change the taste?  I am new to canning.  Any help is appreciated!


  251. Excellent recipe! Our Southwest(AZ),salsa recipe is great(almost identical),howevetthose fresh jalapeños add much more flavor, than our canned ones do. :) Bravo, and yum!! Thanks for sharing recipe. SC

  252. Sound so delicious! Thank you for your recipe and tips to make the homemade salsa for my kids.

  253. Turned out pretty good. Stuck with recipe as posted to be safe, could use a little more heat, but everyone is different. I’m going to by sticking with the 3 jalapenos and add a habanero to it. Perfect recipe to tweak to your individual taste. I omitted the sugar also.

  254. Thanks for your recipe !! It’s looks delicious

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  256. Really good salsa! nice and fresh!easy to make. I put everything in the food processor and it was done in a couple of minutes.