Everybody loves salsa, and this easy homemade salsa recipe is sure to please. Kicked up by fresh jalapenos, this homemade salsa is a take to the party and brag that you did it yourself type recipe. Sharpen those knife skills and let’s get going.
Editor’s Note: Originally Published September 4, 2010. Last Updated June 9, 2018, with updated text and re-edited photos.
I do love salsa, and good fresh salsa is as good as it gets. Fresh tomato salsa is mandatory for all tailgating, most picnics, and all Mexican meals. It’s not hard, just a lot of knife work.
The Hungry Texan had Salsa Roja caught my eye as being simple with just fresh things but used some tomato sauce, also. I hate watery salsa that won’t stick to a tortilla chip. No cumin or other spices.
The inspiration recipe had 2-4 jalapeno peppers. The first time I did this, I did four since I was looking for hot. That is really hot. I now suggest 1 jalapeno for normal people and 2 for hot. A few other minor changes with red onion and only a little cilantro, and I have a new standard recipe.
A 4 for most people I’m sure. It’s a well above average salsa and is the only recipe I use for tomato-based salsa (2018).
Recipe Notes for Easy Homemade Salsa
First, let’s talk tomatoes. We are scooping the seeds, so I when with a more “meaty” Roma tomato. I really like the idea of the tomato sauce giving a thicker liquid in this recipe.
Vary the jalapeno for the heat you want. I did four as per the original recipe the first time. I would call that an 8/10 manly man hot. I’m more of a 2 jalapeno guy, which is about a 4-5/10. I think if you are cooking for a crowd or normal people, one jalapeno is just right.
The cilantro has never been my favorite thing, so I didn’t do a lot. The inspiration recipe called for “a handful which should give you about 1 cup (a lot) of cilantro. I now leave it out.
Vary ingredients for your taste.
Clean the seeds from the tomatoes and chop the tomatoes into about 1/4 inch pieces.
Finely chop the jalapenos, onion, cilantro, and garlic.
Mix all well except water. Add water to get the thickness you want.
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Originally Published September 4, 2010.
Last Updated June 9, 2018.