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.
- 4 roma tomatoes
- 1-2 jalapenos
- 1/2 red onion - small
- 3/4 cup tomato sauce
- 2-4 cloves garlic
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup cilantro - chopped optional
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 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.
Have a question or something not clear? Ask in the comments.
Nutrition is for one serving. Number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of normal serving size for this recipe.
All nutritional information are estimates and may vary from your actual results. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average used.
If you like this recipe or find it useful, the pleasure of a nice 4 or 5 rating would be greatly appreciated.
Originally Published September 4, 2010.