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We absolutely love salsa and all things Mexican food in our house. We eat tacos weekly and usually end up at a Mexican restaurant at least a few times a month. The highlight of my Mexican meals is always the salsa!

I’m very picky about my salsa: I love it hot but not too hot, juicy and not too thick, and it has to be fresh. I also prefer a blended salsa and not a chunky one. I’ve tried many jarred salsas over the years and only one passes my test (it’s from Trader Joe’s).

Once I realized how easy it is to make your own homemade salsa at home I stopped buying it altogether. This salsa is so good with chips or on chicken or anytime you’re craving a spicy dip. My homemade salsa recipe is so simple and has just a few ingredients.

How do you make a simple salsa at home?

It’s easy: with your blender! Again, I like a thinner salsa, not a chunky one. That’s why blender salsa is the perfect thing for me. You simply throw all your ingredients into your blender and puree until you get your desired chunkiness.

Simple Homemade Salsa starts with a can of whole peeled tomatoes. I prefer to use the canned because preparing all the tomatoes takes so much time, and if you use a very good quality tomato it’ll be just as good as fresh. The rest of the ingredients all from the produce and spice aisle, including onions and garlic, jalapeños and cilantro.

I’m someone who could wear cilantro perfume, I love it so much. I cannot get enough of the rich and intoxicating scent of the fresh herb, but my husband, not so much. He dislikes cilantro but still likes my salsa! If you’re someone who dislikes cilantro you can reduce it, leave it out, or substitute flat Italian parsley. When I make this salsa for myself, I add double the cilantro!

Another thing about homemade salsa: you get to control the spice. Have you ever wondered what spices go in salsa? For me, just a few simple ones you probably already have in your pantry.

Salt and pepper are a given, but I also add chipotle chili powder and cumin. Both give flavor, but they also add a nice smokiness to the salsa.

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Homemade Salsa is so fresh and simple. This easy recipe is a blender salsa that takes only a few minutes to make!

The most important thing about salsa flavor is heat. Do you like a spicy salsa or a mild one? When you make your own salsa at home you can control the amount of heat. I used one large jalapeño (the ones I picked up at the store that day were giant), and I discarded the seeds and ribs from one half. The ribs and seeds are really where the heat comes from, so if you like it spicy, leave them in. I suggest using one small/medium or half a large jalapeño to start, and add more as you taste. It’s easy to add heat but hard to take it away.

Making a healthy homemade salsa is perfect to have on hand all week long for dinners and snacks. We even like dipping carrots in salsa for a low calorie snack!

Enjoy!

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The BEST Homemade Salsa Recipe

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This is the best recipe for homemade salsa ever! Just a few ingredients, done in under 10 minutes. It's an easy blender salsa that's better than a restaurant copycat!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 2 cups

Ingredients
 

  • 1 28 ounce/793g can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/2 about 1 cup or 128g white or yellow onion
  • 1 large or 2 medium jalapeños see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 handful (about 12g) cilantro

Instructions

  • Place tomatoes, garlic, onion, and jalapeno in blender jar. Pulse until roughly chopped.
  • Add the spices and cilantro and blend (pulsing) until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

Note on jalapeño: this creates how spicy it is. If you like mild salsa, be sure to clean out the ribs and seeds and discard them. If you're unsure how much jalapeño (or the seeds) to use, start with a smaller amount then taste the finished product and add more as desired.
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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 1169mg | Potassium: 18mg | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Love chunkier salsa? Check out Aimee’s Pico de Gallo!

Make this to go with my easy Taco Bowls!

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