Basic Salsa Recipe

5 from 6 votes

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 This Salsa Recipe is so fresh and easy to make! You only need a few basic ingredients and 10 minutes. Adapt as you like!

This is my Basic Salsa Recipe. It’s a restaurant-style salsa made in a blender in about ten minutes, using canned tomatoes and jazzed up with extras like garlic, cilantro, and jalapenos. Buying salsa from the store is easy. But, you know what’s even tastier? Making it at home!

Salsa Recipe

Salsa Recipe

The best part of this recipe is how easily adaptable it is. Don’t like cumin? Leave it out! Love spicy food? Add in extra jalapeno. Truly, the sky is the limit. This salsa recipe can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to three weeks, only getting better and tastier by the day. I’d highly recommend making this a day or two in advance if possible to let those flavors really marinate with each other to get the best-finished product. I like adding extra garlic and cumin 🙂

Need more appetizers for a party? I got you covered: Mexican Street Corn RecipeCrockpot Chicken WingsSimple Bruschetta Recipe, and Taco Lettuce Wraps.

Tomatoes in a blender

How to Make Salsa

  1. Pour 3 cans of petite diced tomatoes into a blender. I don’t think it really matters if you use diced tomatoes instead of petite diced tomatoes since it’s all getting blended anyways.


  1. To the blender, add in some jalapenos, garlic, red onion, and lime juice.


  1. And don’t forget a good handful of cilantro. Make sure you wash your cilantro well before adding it to the blender! I speak from experience.


  1. Now add in a few seasonings and that’s it! Pulse this in the blender until the desired consistency is reached. I like my salsa in itty-bitty chunks.

Salsa Recipe

  1. This salsa recipe here is perfect! Pour this into a bowl and get ready to live.


This salsa recipe is a thing of delicious beauty. And, it’s low fat and healthy too….assuming you don’t eat it all yourself. Perfect as an after school snack or appetizer. The salsa can stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 weeks in an airtight container. I’m sure it could last longer than that, but it’s so good, you’ll want to throw this onto everything in sight.

I almost just ate this with a spoon that’s how good it is. Or just another sign that I’m weird. The printable is below….have a great week!

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5 from 6 votes

Basic Salsa Recipe

This Salsa Recipe is so fresh and easy to make! You only need a few basic ingredients and 10 minutes. Adapt as you like!
servings 6 cups of salsa
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins


  • 3 cans diced tomatoes 10 oz. cans
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro washed, about 1 cup
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced tortillas into a large bowl. Drizzle oil over wedges and toss to coat evenly. In a small bowl, stir salt and lime zest together and sprinkle over tortillas. Toss again to coat evenly. Place onto baking sheets in one even layer and bake 5-7 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • For the salsa--place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times until desired texture is reached. Taste, adjust seasonings, and serve with chips.
  • Store salsa in airtight containers for up to 3 weeks in refrigerator.


Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 25.2mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fresh salsa recipe
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53 Responses
  1. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    I was seriously just having a craving for these! Thanks for the great recipe, can’t wait to try them out 🙂

  2. Julia

    Putting this on pinterest for later! I love salsa and this looks just yummy. I also like the idea of making my own chips- definitely have to try that.

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Chips and salsa (or any dip for that matter; salsa just happens to be a fave!) is my WEAKNESS. At parties (or restaurants) I will hoard the. entire. bowl. I’m so dangerous around it, haha. This salsa looks SO delicious, Lauren! And I’m glad you and the munchkin got to have a fun girls weekend 🙂

  4. Cassie | Bake Your Day

    From you IG posts, it looks like you two did have a fabulous weekend! And this salsa – so perfect but even more, I love those chips. And that Star olive oil with garlic has been my go-to olive oil lately!

  5. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life

    Wow, these pictures are beautiful! I LOVE lime tortilla chips. I tried them once before, but they weren’t lime-y enough for me…I’ll have to give this recipe a go!

  6. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    Ok – I need to get this stat! I can sense that tortilla chips is the bomb and I just can’t wait to try this. Glad you enjoyed your weekend with lil’ munchkin – she’s such an angel.

  7. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    I make salsa like this in my food processor all the time, but the fact that you made hint of lime tortilla chips OFFICIALLY makes you my hero. Love those chips!

  8. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I could totally eat the salsa with a spoon too! And those chips! Love that they’re baked with lime zest. I think Chipotle chips has a little bit of that, which I absolutely can’t get enough of, but now I can make it right at home!

  9. Elaine Enlightening

    I am a first time visiter to your blog. I love to eat and I love food. Thank you for the delicious looking recipes. I am vegetarian so I really appreciated something I could actually make and eat for the first one I saw. I will probably make the chips with my sprouted grain tortilIias. I love the heartier stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I will still eat white flour, but in moderation and never at home. I printed the recipe.

    Blessings of love and light!

  10. Carlas Confections

    Mmm this looks so good. Now I am craving some Mexican food! I think I will make something Mexican-y tonight! I hope I dont have aversions to Mexican food when I am prego, because I LOVE it! Congrats btw!!! Im glad you are having great food cravings 😉

  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Chips & Salsa are my favorite! This recipe looks incredible, and I love making my own chips. Not sure why I have never done a lime version. Time to try it!

  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    I have to make those chips, brilliant! I love that Star Garlic Olive Oil, I use it for everything! Salsa looks mighty fine too!

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  14. Esther

    5 stars
    Hi, Lauren! I’m Esther and I LOVE THIS RECIPE!! : ) I’m new to food blogging, so as I get my feet wet and learn a bit more, I love finding and trying recipes like this one : ) Thank you for such an easy, delicious salsa. This recipe is a keeper!

    1. Lauren

      I would hand chop 3 cups worth of fresh tomatoes and add everything in from there. Using the blender might make it too watery.

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  16. Lisa Richardson

    I use the same recipe, only with 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes and a can of rotel ( I can my own). And I use honey instead of sugar, but lol, really the same!!! And yes, so so good. Sometimes I throw in a few tomatillos!

  17. sherry

    hi I was wondering if you could freeze the salsa. I want to try the recipe because I have never made it before and always bought it.
    thanks sherry

  18. Tricia Bayer-Burkholder

    5 stars
    We made this last night with just a tiny bit less sugar (a scant tsp) and it was wonderful. I would have loved it spicier, but like you, I have kids who would not. It was a hit with the whole family and half the batch disappeared last night during the hockey game. Thanks! I had always thought about using canned tomatoes in salsa, but never tried it until now. DELISH!

  19. Judith A. Buber

    The recipe is the same as the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Restaurant Salsa. You need to acknowledge that! It is an excellent salsa!

    1. Lauren

      No, it’s not the same. Some of the ingredients are similar {as with all salsas} but she uses Rotel and other canned tomatoes {unlike mine!} and the increments are all different.

  20. Sarah

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! My mom flew in to visit and made me this salsa and chips, and it is so great! I could literally eat the whole bowl, and I just made myself two more batches of chips to save for later! ❤️

  21. susie thompson

    5 stars
    soooooo easy omg looks so good. And my tomatoes are going to come into an all red stage soon. chips are easy too but now I have to go to the store to get my ingredents

  22. Melissa

    5 stars
    This salsa is amazing!! I made it for the first time this week and am thrilled with it. I tried it at your cousin’s house over Labor Day weekend and she turned me onto your wonderful blog. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

  23. Malinda Chaney

    I made this and it was so good! Thank you so much for sharing all your recipes and your beautiful family. I truly enjoy reading about all of your adventures!

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