This homemade salsa recipe is the perfect homemade version of a restaurant-style salsa and it takes just minutes to make!
Full of flavor and needing just a handful of ingredients this is the best dip for tortilla chips (with some guacamole of course) and a great topping for tacos!
The Best Homemade Salsa
I really think the best part of going to a Mexican restaurant is the chips and salsa they serve you when you sit down. It doesn’t hurt that it’s usually paired with a margarita and great friends… but really, there is something about that delicious restaurant-style salsa! Honestly, once you learn how to make homemade salsa, you’ll never go back to jarred again!
Tomatoes, onions, and hints of lime, cilantro, and cumin. That’s literally all you need to whip up a great blender salsa!
I prefer the flavor of canned whole tomatoes and they seem to have a thicker consistency than diced or fresh.
TO MAKE HOMEMADE SALSA
- Add ingredients to a blender or food processor.
- Pulse to combine.
That’s it. So easy.
Tips For Perfect
Salsa is SO easy to make at home. Here are a few of my favorite tips to make this recipe perfectly delicious!
Use Pulse: I make this in my blender or food processor if you prefer, just pulse to reach desired consistency. It only takes a few seconds and you don’t want to make it too runny!
For Thicker Salsa: If you’d like your salsa to be a little bit thicker, remove some of the juice from your canned tomatoes and set it aside. You can always add a little bit back in if you’d like.
To Adjust the Spice Level: The seeds/membranes in the jalapenos holds the heat. For a milder salsa, remove all of the seeds and membranes, for a spicy salsa, leave them in! Replace with green chiles for a milder flavor.
Allow Flavors to Blend: Once combined, this salsa is best if the flavors have time to blend. Place in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
This homemade salsa will last for about 2-3 days in the fridge. You can freeze leftovers.
Did you love this Homemade Salsa? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
Homemade Salsa (Restaurant Style)
- 28 ounces whole tomatoes with juice *see note
- ½ cup cilantro fresh, chopped
- ¼ cup onion chopped
- 1 jalapeño chopped
- ½ lime juiced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Add all ingredients to a food processor (remove ½ cup juice from the tomatoes if desired). Pulse 4-6 times to get desired consistency.
- Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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So EASY! I will never buy the stuff in a jar again!! Make it a day before you need it and it is even more delicious! Every recipe I make from Spend With Pennies is AMAZING. I rarely read other cooking sites!
Thank you so much for your kind words Stephanie, I’m so glad you’ve loved the recipes!
I’ve been making this exact recipe for a number of years and we love it. I would like to say, the better the canned tomatoes the better the salsa will be. San Marzano are the best canned tomatoes (in my opinion) they do cost more but so worth it. I also drain my tomatoes over a bowl reserving all the juices. My family likes thick chunky salsa and will devour every bit in one sitting.
Thank you for this recipe. Although I haven’t made it yet, I will no longer purchase salsa. I like to know what I’m eating and am trying to be as “real” with food as possible.
This is just so easy!
You’re welcome Becky. It’s even easier than it seems. Enjoy it!
I would like to double this recipe. But it says that one recipe is 8 servings. What is the serving size?
The serving size is approximately half a cup. Enjoy Lynn!
I just found this recipe and it is already a much requested weekly staple! So easy to make and sooooo delicious
OMFG HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE?!! Had to substitute fresh coriander for 1/2 tsp of coriander seeds and crush them, as lock shop was out but this is incredible! Make sure the lime u use is a ripe juicy one, but this is fresh, sharp, zingy….no more salsa from the shop any more!!
If these are your original recipes, I must say you are one of THE BEST when it comes to great recipes!!!! I.made veggie tacos today but wanted to save some money by not buying salsa because I really love it and therefore buy it often. I knew salsa required tomatoes so I googled “simple salsa recipe” and of course yours came up. Realized I had all of the ingredients and so I didn’t have to buy anything. l made it this morning and let me just put it this way, if I didn’t practice self control with eating, it would be all gone by now!! 5 plus stars!!
This salsa is amazing! Used our homemade canned stewed tomatoes. Didn’t have any cilantro or jalapeño on hand so I subbed a little hot sauce. Was still delicious. Thank you! Cant stop eating it. :)
You’re welcome Heather! We love this salsa so much too!
I love salsa, but my preferred store brand is too salty. I discovered this recipe about a month ago, and I’ve already made it 4 times. It’s amazing!! Between my daughter and me, it doesn’t last 2 days. Thank you Holly!!
You’re so welcome Cynnamon!
We cannot get enough of this salsa in our house! Its so quick to make and easy and delicious. Perfect snack!
So good and so easy! I would have been making my own salsa years ago if I’d realized how simple it is. I added the jalapeno seeds and it is super hot, but we like it like that! Thanks for a great recipe.
You’re very welcome Kathleen! So happy you enjoyed the salsa!
Wonderful, lots of flavor blends. Added Jalapeños from the garden. Hot! Great recipe. Thank you!
Great receipes. Thanks Holly. Best site too
Thank you Pri!
Delicious and super easy to make. I ran the food processor about 2 seconds and it was done.
Can I can a few jars for later by giving a boil bath?
I have not tried canning this recipe and unfortunately am unable to say if this recipe is suitable for canning.
Add citric acid and lower the ph to 3.9 will be shelf stable for months if you hot pack it
Gonna try them up for new stuff
I love a number of your recipes! What not to love? The formatting when you want to print them. It would be super if the recipes were formatted so that when you print, they actually print like you see them and not like they originated as a shotgun blast.
Thank you so much for your comment and your feedback. I just printed this recipe and it seems to be printing ok for me. I’d love to look into the problem you’re having, can you please let me know what trouble you had?
Can you can this
Hi Chrissy, we haven’t tried canning this recipe so I can’t say for sure.
Pretty good recipe! I always double up on the onion, garlic, jalapeño (membrane and most seeds taken out), and lime. I also put 2 TBSP of cumin. I keep the tomatoes and cilantro the same. I think it makes it extra flavorful! Super easy and makes a good amount.
Hi Holly, you mentioned removing the seeds & membranes of the jalapeño to reduce the heat. If I did that, will it still be hot or just spicy? I can’t tolerate hot foods but luv semi-spicy ones, in the store I buy mild/medium heat. I want to make this salsa but I don’t want it to taste bland or of just tomatoes if I leave chili out of it; would u suggest I use green chili instead? I do need just a touch of heat (just a touch) to have a balanced salsa. Thanx so much!
Hi Amber, the seeds and membrane give it the spicy hot kick, so I would take them out, make your salsa, then taste test it. You can always add some heat back in if you feel it needs it.
If using fresh picked tomatoes, how many would I need to equal the 28oz can?
Hi Elizabeth, it would be about 2-lbs of fresh tomatoes. :)