Our friends have a huge garden and shared their garden bounty with us recently. I decided to make salsa with fresh tomatoes. I thought I’d share my, homemade salsa recipe.
If you are looking for a different salsa to try or something else to make for an appetizer, see all our appetizer recipes.
Of course, the best time to make salsa is in the summer or when there are plenty of fresh tomatoes available. But, with our extended summers that go well into fall, tomatoes are still easy to get this time of year.
This makes it easy to find fresh tomatoes in the late spring, summer, and fall. But, if you don’t have fresh, I have linked to a recipe that uses canned tomatoes later in the post.
Fresh Salsa Recipe
The thing I love about living in California is our long seasons and abundance of fruits and vegetables.
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When you make salsa, you can make it ahead of time to allow the flavors to have a chance to meld together. (about 30-1 hour) Or just eat it when you are done making the salsa, I know waiting can be hard.
HOMEMADE SALSA RECIPE
This is an easy salsa recipe that you can make any time you have a few fresh tomatoes.
- 4 medium ripe tomatoes
- 2 – 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 of a red onion
- Juice from 1 fresh lime (about ¼ cup)
- 1 – 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
- 1 jalapeno (optional)
- salt and pepper, to taste
How to make homemade salsa?
To make this recipe cut the vegetables by hand with a chef knife or by using a food chopper, food processor, or blender (like mine).
If using to make salsa in a blender or food processor pulse the contents until blended and finely chopped. Stopping at the consistency you like your salsa. Over-processing the tomatoes you may get a liquid consistency.
- Cut 3 of the tomatoes into quarters and place in blender or food processor.
- If you are adding the jalapeno, carefully, cut the top off, seed, and devein. Note if you leave the seeds in it will make it spicier.
- Then add the jalapeno, garlic cloves, and half the lime juice. Pulse until thoroughly combined.
- Finely chop and add the red onion (or use your chopper or food processor on pulse to do this, adding it to step 3).
- Dice the remaining tomato into evenly sized small pieces.
- Stir into tomato garlic mixture to create a chunkier texture.
- Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro that has had the stems removed and is finely chopped. (adjust according to personal preference). Or additionally, you can omit cilantro if you don’t like it.
- Add remaining lime and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- After making your salsa add it to a salsa serving bowl.
- Serve with your favorite Mexican entrée or by itself with tortilla chips.
Recipe Notes and Tips for Making Salsa:
- This recipe is easily doubled and tripled.
- You can use a white onion or even yellow onion. But, using a yellow onion the sauce will be a bit sweeter.
- Additionally, you can make it spicier if you like by adding additional spices such as cumin or cayenne. This will amp up the spiciness rather quickly so add a tiny bit at a time, 1/8 tsp.
- Other chili peppers you can use are serrano, poblano…
- Remember giving the salsa flavors time to meld will bring out the flavors even more!
- Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve the salsa with tortilla chips or your favorite Mexican food dinner.
- Salsa is also great when used as a condiment; over fish, fish tacos, tacos, enchiladas…
- If tomatoes are out of season try using a recipe like this that uses canned tomatoes. Salsa Recipe With Canned Tomatoes.
- Helpful kitchen tools for making this recipe are a lemon/lime squeezer and any of the recommended related products shown below at the end of this post.
I hope you get to enjoy this homemade salsa recipe soon!
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Do you enjoy making homemade salsas?