This Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe is one of those staple recipes that everybody needs! It's not completely from scratch (hello, canned tomatoes), but it tastes sooo much better than jarred salsa and it only takes a hot minute to make it!
I can't remember exactly when I started using this recipe, but t's been years and we've made it hundreds of times since then! We make it to have with tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas... you get the idea. We also make it to have with chips obviously. We make it over and over and over again and never get tired of it.
Oh... and I have a confession regarding this recipe. I owe you an apology for now sharing this sooner.
You see, I took the pictures of making this recipe in May 2016. Almost 2 years ago. Jeez... am I an on-the-ball blogger or what!?!
This week when we were making the salsa for the second or third time, I thought... "I should post this on the blog."
Then I thought, "Wait... I did post this on the blog! Um... wait, no, I didn't. But I did take pictures of the recipe. I'm sure of it." Yes, this is my actual line of thinking. #notcrazy #reallynot
So I began searching my 100,000+ pictures on my external hard drive (oh how I wish I was exaggerating, but seriously 100,000 pictures and counting)... and more than an hour later - I found them!!
In a folder from May of 2016. I also found a recipe for Molten Lava Cake. Apparently I made it twice and took pics both times and did not post the recipe.
Big.Fat.Blogger.Fail. I probably need to make that cake again to be sure it's still good, huh? And then actually post the recipe. Sounds like an excellent plan 🙂
Okay - back to the salsa...
The super Easy Homemade Salsa recipe.
This is one of those hacked recipes that is not 100% from scratch, but not 100% store-bought either. It's somewhere perfectly in the middle. It takes 10 minutes or less to make and it is completely and totally addictive.
We had friends over Easter weekend and I made a double recipe for the party. I kid-you-not, within an hour of the party starting, I had to make another double recipe because it was completely wiped out. Ya'll... that's like a gallon of salsa gone in a blink.
It really is that good.
So here's what you'll need to make the salsa:
- (1) 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes (this is not a sponsored post, but I love Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes!)
- (1) 10 oz. can of Rotel
- (1) small to medium onion
- (1) bunch of fresh cilantro (or I also love using cilantro paste when fresh is not available - I get it at Walmart in the produce area)
- ¼ cup pickled jalepenos (or as much as you like, we keep things on the milder side)
- 1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic (I buy it in the jar because we use it a alot and it's just easier, but you could also use 3-4 cloves of fresh minced garlic)
- Salt, to taste (not pictured)
I should mention that this recipe is really flexible and forgiving. Use less onion or more jalepeno. Use a different type of tomatoes if you like. Play with it until you find a combo you love.
But trust me, if you love salsa, it's perfectly delish just the say I've written it.
This blender kicks butt. Before I had it, I probably went through at least give blenders over the course of my married life. None of them held up to all of the jobs I threw at them.
But the Blendtec never misses a beat. We make mixed drinks in it (with tons of ice - no problem!). We make sauces in it. We make milkshakes and smoothies and soup bases and more. This thing is a beast.
Anyway... you can make this in the blender of your choice - but if you want an amazing blender - consider a Blendtec. Again, this is not sponsored and nobody is paying me to say that - I just love the thing so much.
Sorry for chasing rabbits... I'm seriously gonna show you how to make the salsa now.
The step by step recipe.
Pour in the diced tomatoes...
and the Rotel:
Then add the garlic and jalapenos.
Then I throw both of those into the blender as well:
And the next step is the fun and easy and fast part.
Onions chopped, cilantro chopped... perfectly blended salsa. We always add the salt at the end - tasting and testing until we get a good amount. This varies based on what we're eating it with. We usually add less salt when we're eating with chips vs. on tacos.
And it is finished.
This recipe is generous and makes almost 4 cups of perfect salsa!
With my big family, we can easily eat a whole batch in one sitting, but I usually pour it into a quart jar just in case we don't finish it right away. It'll keep in the frig for at least a 2 or 3 days and still be wonderful! Don't ask me if it'll last longer than that because we never have leftovers for more than a day or two!
PS - I have no idea why I put a fresh tomato in that picture because I do not use one in the recipe, but I guess I thought it looked pretty 🙂
Serve with chips, on tacos, with burgers or on anything else you enjoy with salsa! Have questions? Leave me a comment!
Here's the printable recipe for the Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe:Print
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