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’s healthy, quick to make, offers a fine chunky texture, and is brimming with absurd amounts of flavor.

Want to know the secret?

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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. I like to start with fresh sweet garden tomatoes, red onion, garlic, jalapeños, cilantro, and lime. Then chop them into a fine grade in the food processor.

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Mixing Store Bought and Fresh Ingredients

Then I add canned crushed san marzano tomatoes and green chiles, to layer extra depth into the salsa. 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.

That way, you 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!

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Is This Homemade Salsa Spicy?

Yes but, if you are sensitive to spicy heat, you can adjust The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe by adding less jalapeños… Or take it up a notch by throwing in habanero or serrano chiles!

Spoon the best homemade salsa recipe over eggs, on your favorite Mexican dishes, or just scoop it up with chips.

You are going to love this!!

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The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Secrets of making the Best Homemade Salsa Recipe! This restaurant style salsa recipe is loaded with flavor, has an amazing texture, and a secret ingredient.
Servings: 20 (5 cups)
Nutrition Facts
The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 19
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 6.1%
Vitamin C 13.7%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 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
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2-3 teaspoons sugar
  • 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)


  1. Place the fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the contents are fine and well blended.

  2. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and green chiles. Puree until mostly smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Recipe Notes

If refrigerated in an airtight container, this salsa should last 10-12 days.

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70 comments on “The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

  1. Laurenposted March 23, 2019 at 4:32 pm Reply

    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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  3. Victoriaposted March 12, 2019 at 7:49 pm Reply

    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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  5. Monica Heninposted January 29, 2019 at 9:09 am Reply

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

  6. Michael Drinkuthposted January 19, 2019 at 5:33 pm Reply

    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

  7. Teri Starryposted December 29, 2018 at 10:41 am Reply

    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!


  8. SCposted December 19, 2018 at 9:40 pm Reply

    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

  9. [email protected]posted December 13, 2018 at 9:38 am Reply

    just make it and taste it

  10. sanchezposted November 28, 2018 at 9:34 am Reply

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

  11. Chrisposted November 24, 2018 at 7:28 pm Reply

    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.

  12. Anthony Allenposted November 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm Reply

    Thanks for your recipe !! It’s looks delicious

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  14. Susan Duboseposted November 17, 2018 at 3:25 am Reply

    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.

  15. Susan Duboseposted November 12, 2018 at 3:12 am Reply

    Honey?! I can honestly say I went, eww….wait that could be yummy. I just picked a bunch of veggies from the garden last night and I cant wait to make this recipe tonight. I will let you know how it turns out! Thanks for posting 🙂

  16. Taraposted October 27, 2018 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Can you add cayenne pepper to this recipe 

    • Jimposted April 14, 2019 at 1:03 am Reply

      why wouldn’t you be able to?

  17. Kellyposted October 14, 2018 at 3:11 pm Reply

     I have never made my own salsa before but this is the most delicious salsa I have ever had.   If I do say so myself!   It is so fresh and so perfect taste I wouldn’t change anything or add anything loved it!!!!

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  20. Angelposted September 7, 2018 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Goog very good

  21. Pamposted July 24, 2018 at 10:56 am Reply

    Made this yesterday w/my sister & we served it to our husbands & they thought it was the best ever! We all couldn’ Stop eating it!! Also so easy to make. I added a step. If you like salsa w/o tomato skins, just slice in half & lay face down on sheet pan w/parchment paper. In oven on broil about 5 minutes, the skins wrinkle right up & pull off easily!

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  23. Lisaposted July 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm Reply

    I made this for the first  time yesterday  It’s so easy and it’s out of this world delicious.   Will definitely be making this more often. No more store bought salsa for us.  

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  28. William Horstposted January 2, 2018 at 7:22 pm Reply

    I made it to the recipe. Just need to spice it up some more.
    Could be a little hotter for me but has a great taste. Think I will add a couple habeneros next time.

  29. Kortneyposted August 3, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply

    We made this last summer and loved it! This year we are trying to not have any ‘added sugar
    ‘ to our meals. Would this taste okay without the sugar? Or has anyone tried that?

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  32. Myraposted July 3, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply

    Sooo yummy! Thank you!

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  34. melodyposted May 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

    This is a wonderful salsa. my family loves it but it dose make alot. How could i cut this in half.

    • Sandraposted January 30, 2018 at 5:21 pm Reply

      They did say it can be frozen. Next time you want some, it’s right there, waiting to be thawed.

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  36. Debraposted March 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm Reply

    This is the best salsa ever!  My son said it tastes just like the salsa at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Forget the chips and just give me a straw ?  Thanks for the recipe!

    • Sommerposted April 18, 2017 at 8:55 am Reply

      Hi Debra,

      LOL! I could drink it with a straw as well. :)

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  38. Melanieposted March 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

    This is pretty much my exact recipe, only I stopped measuring a long time ago and I’ve never tried using canned tomatoes along with the fresh. Fresh salsa is definitely the way to go. I can’t even eat canned salsa anymore. One thing I do sometimes to add depth is to roast the tomato, garlic, and jalapeno (just throw it all on a baking sheet and let it go for about 20 minutes at 400F, turning once if I’m not feeling too lazy). This in combo with the fresh cilantro and lime juice gets rave reviews. I bet using canned tomatoes would add a similar depth!

    Anyway, thanks for the recipe because I can’t remember where I got mine from and it’s nice to have the proportions to check on and make sure I don’t get too out of hand with anything.

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  40. Radwa radwanposted February 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm Reply

    I would really love to try all your recipies. Especially my husband loves food.:-) 

  41. janposted February 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm Reply

    I make a very similar recipe. Ours has a little less lime juice, and add some ACV. Also, e use canned diced tomatoes, but I think crushed might be even better. I can’t wait to try it! BTW, when do you add your cilantro? I couldn’t find that step in the recipe.

    • Sommerposted February 22, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply

      Hi Jan,

      Throw it in with the fresh produce and puree! :)

  42. maryposted February 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Can the salsa be canned?

    • Sommerposted February 22, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

      Hi Mary,

      I properly wouldn’t can this salsa because it’s fresh, not cooked. However, you can freeze it! :)

  43. Sonya Nposted January 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm Reply

    What type of fresh tomatoes do you recommend using? Also, could you use an emulsifier stick instead of a food processor?

    • Sommerposted January 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm Reply

      Hi Sonya,

      I would use whatever kind of tomatoes you can find that are ripe and sweet.

      You can definitely make this with an immersion blender, but the texture may not be quite as consistent. Maybe you have one that came with a jar attachment? That would help!

  44. Gemposted January 4, 2017 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Just tried this salsa recipe tonight. First time making salsa actually. If I had known  how easy it was and good it turn out, I should have made some much sooner. Thanks for the recipe. This is definitely a keeper.

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  46. m stewposted November 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm Reply

    I have made this recipe a few times.  I have found that it does NOT need the added sugar

  47. Jessica Desarroposted October 7, 2016 at 10:38 pm Reply

    What kind of tomatoes do I use?

  48. Doug Harrisposted September 20, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Hi, Sommer, I was pointed to your blog by Cory Kowalski. I immediately saved your detox soup recipe AND the salsa one. I love salsa and love making it, but I can’t eat as much as I’d like to because I have kidney disease (and tomatoes aren’t good for me). I am going to try making a salsa with an extra dose of tomatilos, substituting them for some of the tomatoes. I’ll let you know how it comes out. BTW, I can’t find a ‘follow’ button on your site — except pointing to Pinterest, which I know nothing about.
    Please check out my blog and my other one,

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  51. Cherylposted August 2, 2016 at 1:14 pm Reply

    I had save this recipe cause I knew it would be good, and it proved to be the best one I’ve ever made. My ratios of spices and peppers were a little altered, and I had a can of Muir Glen fire roasted, crushed tomatoes which added a little more depth perhaps, but it’s a big winner. I filed this in “Make Again” for sure! Thank you – love your emails.

    • Sommerposted August 9, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply

      Hi Cheryl,

      Yay!! I’m so glad you liked it. We make this recipe all the time with little tweaks here and there. :)

  52. Gaby Dalkinposted July 29, 2016 at 4:47 pm Reply

    One of my all time favorite things to make! Love all the fresh ingredients.

  53. Julia @ HappyFoodsposted July 28, 2016 at 4:06 am Reply

    Haven’t made homemade salsa yet but love this recipe. Gotta try it soon!

  54. Heather Christoposted July 27, 2016 at 11:05 pm Reply

    This looks SO good! I could eat the whole bowl!

  55. cookbook queenposted July 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm Reply

    I LOVE that you combined canned AND fresh ingredients! I agree — all of either one makes for a very dull tasting salsa. I can’t wait to try this!!

  56. Julie @ Table for Twoposted July 27, 2016 at 1:28 pm Reply

    This looks so good! I always love a good salsa recipe!

  57. Emily @ Life on Foodposted July 27, 2016 at 1:21 pm Reply

    We gobs of salsa. My husband and I can eat a whole jar in one sitting. I don’t make homemade nearly enough. This recipe sounds delicious.

  58. Marla Meridithposted July 27, 2016 at 12:50 pm Reply

    This is picture perfect salsa!!

  59. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted July 27, 2016 at 10:09 am Reply

    I love home made salsa and this one is so nice and easy and it looks great!

    • gennyposted July 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

      can u can this this salsa would love to can some

      • Crranchposted August 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm

        We freeze ours. When you thaw it , put it in a colander to drain some of the water from it before serving.

  60. Mariaposted July 27, 2016 at 9:40 am Reply

    Homemade salsa is the best! This looks fresh and delicious!

  61. Fork on the Roadposted July 27, 2016 at 7:49 am Reply


    I just got a food processor. Who knew salsa was THAT easy. Now, where to find decent tortilla chips in Ireland.


    Thanks for another good one.

    BTW – I’m also eyeing the fig/prosciutto pizza & blueberry cake.

    Glenn K.