Easy Homemade Salsa

close up of salsa in bowl with a hand dipping a tortilla chip in it

This Easy Homemade Salsa is loaded with fresh, seasonal veggies and SO addicting! You’ll never go back to jarred salsa after eating this.

This recipe was originally published in January of 2018. It was then updated in May 2019 and now I’ve updated the photos and tweaked the recipe again! 

Tomato season is officially here, my friends! And you know what that means! HOMEMADE SALSA TIME! Oh yes. 

I know that on a busy week night that it might seem tedious to make homemade salsa but I promise you, this recipe is WORTH IT! You will never go back to jarred salsa after this! 

Let me tell you why! 

Why You’ll Love This Salsa: 

First, let me try and sell you on how EASY it is. You just have to roughly chop up a few veggies, grab a can (yes, a can!!!) of tomatoes and blend away! 

Yup, it’s a blitz in the blender type of recipe. Then you taste, adjust the seasoning and grab a bag of tortilla chips and head to town! YUM. 

But really, when it comes to the flavor of this salsa, it’s so incredibly fresh! You can use fresh roma tomatoes for this recipe, but I’ve found that it makes it a bit watery, which is why I opted for canned tomatoes here. I am at a time in my life where canned food is an easy route and I’m all for it!

close up of chopped jalapenos, garlic and red onion on a cutting board

So I can’t say that this salsa is authentic….but I can say it’s delicious! 

It’s so juicy, chunky and refreshing. It has bright flavors and a subtle spiciness that will make you want to keep dipping your chips in it for the rest of your days. Perfect easy side dish to bring along with a bag of chips to a cookout or BBQ! Not to mention unique!

From the kick of the jalapeno, the bite of the fresh garlic, the crunchy red onion…the juicy lime! It’s just perfect in every way. 

It’s salty, spicy, fresh, bright….all the good things! It’s a perfect blend of chunky but also pureed if that makes sense?

overhead photo of garnished bowl of salsa with 2 chips inside bowl

Another thing I love about this salsa is it’s customizable! If you like your salsa more spicy, add an extra jalapeno! If you don’t, be sure and deseed a jalapeno or skip it all together!

And of course, this salsa is truly just the perfect companion to lots of tortilla chips.

Sounds pretty good, right? I think so too! I promise you won’t go back to eating jarred salsa after this goodness.

Ingredients you need for Easy Homemade Salsa: 

  • 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes – I find that using canned tomatoes makes it so much easier, plus you won’t have to worry about if they are in season or not. 
  • Jalapeño – depending on the amount of spice you like, you can either de-seed the jalapeno or not. 
  • Red onion – I use red onion for a little extra “bite” in this recipe! 
  • Garlic – must use fresh garlic! It adds such incredible flavor.
  • Lime – make sure your limes are extra juicy!
  • Salt -a must have!
  • Cilantro – you can use cilantro in the salsa as well as garnish it with it!

How to Make Salsa in 3 Simple Steps: 

When I said this was easy to make…I wasn’t kidding! Here’s how you make it: 

  1. Roughly chop all of your veggies, open the can of tomatoes. 
  2. Throw it in the food processor, pulse it a few times until your desired consistency is reached and DONE. side by side photos of salsa ingredients in food processor and then the same ingredients blended in food processor
  3. Taste and adjust (add more salt, more lime etc if needed)….and where the chips at? The easiest salsa ever!

What to Serve with Salsa: 

I’d say this salsa recipe serves 4 people depending on how much you eat! If you’re taking it to a party, I’d suggest doubling the recipe, especially if you’re anything like my husband and I – who can eat almost an entire batch in one sitting!

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Storing Leftovers: 

Store salsa in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator – it’s good for up to 3 days after you make it! 

side view of hand dipping chip in bowl of chunky salsa

I hope you enjoy this recipe, friends! 

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few more you might like: 

Creamy Salsa Verde Guacamole

2 Ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken 

Easy Breakfast Quesadillas

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5 from 9 votes

Easy Homemade Salsa

A quick and easy, 6 ingredient, throw into your food processor salsa that's delicious and flavorful! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword easy homemade salsa, quick homemade salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie


  • 1 14 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, drained
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 large jalapeno, (de-seed if you want it less spicy)
  • 1 tsp salt (more if needed)
  • juice of 1 large lime
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (for garnish - optional)


  1. Roughly chop the red onion. Mince the garlic. Chop and deseed one jalapeno (leave the seeds if you prefer it spicy!)

  2. Add the DRAINED canned whole peeled tomatoes followed by the rest of the veggies to the food processor. Add in juice of one lime and about 1 tsp of salt!

  3. Pulse until desired consistency. Taste and adjust for seasoning (add more salt if needed) and enjoy with chips! Store in fridge for up to 3 days.

22 comments / Add your comment below

    1. Hi Amanda! The salsa usually lasts for about 3-4 days in the fridge in a sealed container. My husband usually eats it all before then, though! Lol! 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    Endless margaritas? Lol! Sounds perfect! Seriously, though, love homemade salsas and dips and this looks so fresh and flavourful. I could happily make a meal out of this salsa alone..a margarita wouldn’t hurt either 😉

  2. 5 stars
    Haylie, if there’s salsa and chips in the house, I eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I just cannot resist. Your salsa looks amazing! The combination of fresh and canned tomatoes is brilliant!

  3. 5 stars
    I made just made this after thinking about it for days; it’s so yummy! I had to use a few extra roma tomatoes because I accidentally bought crushed tomatoes instead of whole. (Oops!) But the little bit of heat from the jalapeno and the bright lime juice? Delicious! I will be making this again and again. Thanks so much for the recipe, Haylie!

  4. 5 stars
    A Holmes household staple. Perfect anytime of year with chips, over an omelette, on a taco, you name it! We love this salsa!

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious! I just made this! Thank you so so much for sharing! I’m in love with this spicy, delicious, quick, easy homemade salsa!!!

    1. Thank you Tracy!!!! I think it should work to freeze it, just make sure it’s in the right freezer safe container to prevent freezer burn!! 🙂

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