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The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

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Fresh Tomatoes and Salsa

There is a tomato overload in my backyard right now.

Every year I plant way more tomato seeds than any one family should, in hopes that a few plants will survive and thrive. I am not known for being the best gardener, yet I do get lucky every now and again.

This year, my tomato plants took off, providing us with a seemingly endless supply of seven varieties of tomatoes. I have been eating them in salads and sauces for the last month.

Yet I always say, when life gives you tomatoes… Make salsa!

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Homemade Salsa

There are hundreds thousands of tomato-based salsa recipes online. Why should you make this one?

Well, we think this is The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe around because it is healthy, quick to make, offers a fine chunky texture, and is brimming with absurd amounts of flavor.

Want to know the secret to perfectly delicious salsa?

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The Secret To The Best Salsa Recipe

Sometimes salsa made with just fresh ingredients can come off with a shallow flavor… Lacking depth. Whereas, salsa made with canned ingredients alone can taste store-bought.

It is my belief that you need both fresh and canned ingredients to make the best homemade salsa recipe.

Here is everything you need to make the most delicious salsa easily at home:

  • Ripe tomatoescored and quartered, no peeling necessary!
  • Red onionpeeled and quartered
  • Garlic clovespeeled
  • Jalapeñosstemmed and seeded
  • Cilantro 
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Ground cumin
  • Sugar – optional. Sometimes the tomatoes need a little boost to balance the acidity.
  • Salt
  • Canned crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • Diced green chilesyour choice of mild, medium, or hot
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How To Make Salsa

  1. Prepare the veggies and add them to your food processor along with lime juice and seasonings. Chop to a fine grade.
  2. Next, add the canned crushed San Marzano tomatoes and green chiles and puree again until almost smooth. The canned tomatoes provide a rustic essence and sweetness that accentuates the fresh produce, while the canned green chiles deliver a smoky quality that fresh peppers are lacking.
  3. Add more cumin and salt to taste, and refrigerate until chilled and ready to enjoy.

You will taste bright tangy notes from garden-fresh tomatoes, sharp notes from the onion and garlic, herbs and spice, and complexity from the “secret ingredient” canned items, all in one!

Spoon this flavorful salsa over eggs, on your favorite Mexican dishes, or just scoop it up with chips or fresh veggies.

You are going to love this recipe for game day, potlucks, parties, or just keeping it in the fridge for any time you need a zesty snack!

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Is This Salsa Recipe Spicy?

Yes, this recipe has got zing but, if you are sensitive to spicy heat, you can adjust The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe by adding fewer jalapeños and being sure to purchase the mild canned green chiles.

Or if you prefer to take the heat up a notch, try throwing in habanero or serrano chiles!

How Long Will Homemade Salsa Last?

This salsa will keep well for 10-12 days if kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Be sure to not allow it to sit for too long (over an hour or so) at room temperature between keeping chilled in the fridge.

You can also freeze this homemade salsa for up to 4 months by putting it in a freezer-safe container and then wrapping it with foil.

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The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Servings: 20 (5 cups)


  • 4 ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 1 red onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 jalapenos, stemmed and seeded (you can substitute 1-2 habanero or serrano peppers.)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2-3 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 15 ounces crushed San Marzano tomatoes (1 can)
  • 4.5 ounces diced green chiles, mild, medium, or hot (1 can)


  • Place the fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers, cilantro, lime juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, 2 teaspoons sugar (if using), and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the contents are fine and well blended.
  • Pour in the crushed tomatoes and green chiles. Puree until mostly smooth. Taste, then add more cumin and sugar if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



If refrigerated in an airtight container, this salsa should last 10-12 days.
Spice Level – If you are sensitive to spicy heat, reduce the jalapenos to 1 pepper. Also, I love cumin, however, some people are sensitive to it. You can reduce the cumin to 1 teaspoon if needed.


Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 19kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 230mg, Potassium: 150mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 305IU, Vitamin C: 11.3mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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  1. I like it because it’s easy to make, no boiling tomatoes or peeling them. It’s quick in the food processor. My only addition is a little ketchup. Jalapenos are hard to come by here in Thailand, so I just substitute one or two Thai chilies that gives it enough fire for me.

  2. Awesome recipe followed as written. The canned San Marzano tomatoes were perfect for adding depth of flavour and a savoury, rich highlight. I did not seed the jalapeños and found the heat was still not overpowering. Thank you for sharing my new favourite fresh salsa recipe. 

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  4. Just made this for the first time and it’ll be an easy staple this summer! One issue on our end, it initially was wayyyy overpowered by onion. Red onions vary so much in size and I think I used a larger one. Next time I’ll find a small onion or half a larger one. I was able to correct it with a bit more tomato and lime. So fresh and yummy! Thank you!

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  6. Delicious and fresh! I have a small food processer so I made it in little batches with only 2 jalapenos and 2 large tomatoes. It was wonderful!

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  10. Love this recipe! It’s a keeper!

  11. Best salsa I’ve ever had!! Followed the recipe and it turned out so tasty. I highly recommend with lime tortilla chips. I’ve made this recipe twice. 

  12. I have been making this recipe for several years and it earns a 5 star rating.. It’s very good and balanced with the addition of fresh and canned tomatoes as well as the fresh onion, cilantro, garlic and lime. The Cumin, jalapenos, green chili’s are subbject to your own taste. Recipes are merely a corner stone and jumping off point. Always add less then build upon that according to your taste/ liking, also herbs and spices take time to develope (give them an hour or so). Again this is a GREAT base recipe…tweak it to your discretion. Thank you Sommer…….

  13. By far the best one I’ve tried. Adjusted the seasonings to my preference. Added chili powder, cayenne, no sugar. And way more cilantro. I use this as my start and then add what I want. Never disappointed, nor do I have any leftovers when I make it.

  14. This was my first attempt at making homemade salsa and I was not disappointed! I left out the sugar and ended up adding about 3/4 teaspoon more salt because I prefer salty rather than sweet salsa. I think I added about 2 teaspoons cumin. I am pretty sensitive to heat so I only used one jalapeño with the seeds removed, but it’s extremely mild so I think next time I’ll either do two jalapeños or I’ll add in most of the seeds to give it a slight kick. Will definitely make this again!

  15. I made this yesterday and it was good, but today it’s AMAZING!!  Definitely let all the flavors come together overnight!!
    Sooooo good!!!

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  17. This is a super easy and delicious salsa recipe. I brought it to a party with some friends when we were making tamales. Everyone loved it! I can’t believe how good it comes out. The grocery store was out of jalapeños, so I even used canned, and it still turned out good. This is my new salsa go to recipe. YUM!

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  20. Really good salsa! nice and fresh!easy to make. I put everything in the food processor and it was done in a couple of minutes.

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  22. This salsa was very simple and healthy to eat. Thankyou for sharing this salsa recipe.

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  25. my family of grown children said this is the best recipe for salsa that they have ever had!

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  27. This was incredible! Everyone who has tried it (I made a double batch haha) is obsessed! I don’t think I’ll ever buy salsa again – this is too yummy and sooo easy

  28. There was to much cumin for me. I think I will experiment with a combination of chilies. Caution this makes a large batch of salsa.

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  34. i agree- may be a bit too much onion- will taste after we let the salsa flavors meld before making a judgement on that tho!

  35. Very good! First homemade salsa I have made. I added some red jalapenos in addition to regular green ones. I couldn’t find the specific crushed tomatoes so I just used diced. My only problem is that it’s a little bit bitter, but I don’t follow quantities very well and wing it a little bit so just gives me the opportunity to play around more next time to get an even better flavor. 

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  38. So delicious husband loved so will be making again! 

  39. I grow all the ingredients for this salsa. 
    The recipe is outstanding. 
    From July to October, I’m in heaven. Making batch after batch until harvest is done. 
    Then anxiously wait until next season for this salsa. 
    Actually 10 stars!!!

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  41. I added some tomato paste 1 tsp at a time to give salsa a redder color

  42. My neighbor just dropped off a box of fresh garden tomatoes and jalapeños so I knew salsa was in order. This is so delicious!! Perfect amount of kick. The cumin comes through which I love but I may cut back on it next time since it’s such a dominant flavor. 

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  44. I like that this recipe uses fresh ripe tomatoes and canned san marzano tomatoes which by the way are amazing. I’ll have to try to make it and have a taste. Thanks for the recipe

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  46. This is an amazing…and it looks soo yummy & sound so delicious…I would certainly attempt it after reading this post. …Thanks for your guide.

  47. We love this recipe!! Have you ever tried to can it in hot water bath to keep longer?

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  49. Easy to make and better than most Mexican restaurants serve.

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  51. I made this recipe the other evening when I was serving tacos to company. I used diced tomatoes because crushed tomatoes aren’t available where I live. I also couldn’t find jalapenos. I bought another kind of small green chili, but didn’t end up putting it in. I thought the recipe had enough heat with the can of diced green chilis. This makes a large recipe. I froze the leftovers in several snack size sealable storage bags. I would definitely make this again. I live in the city, so I used the sweetest type of cherry tomato (cut in half) I can buy (22 oz).

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  54. We leave out the green chiles and canned tomatoes and love the freshness of this salsa. It is perfect!

  55. Wow, this is a great recipe and it’s so delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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  56. My husband kept eating and eating this salsa, saying things like, “Yum!  This is so good!,” and “I’m making a meal out of this!” and “It’s like catnip for humans!”  He thoroughly enjoyed this recipe (which doesn’t happen very often when I make something, so thanks!). 😉

  57. I have always loved salsa as a game time or really anytime snack, I have tried various recipes and this one by far is the best, I’m actually surprised someone hasn’t put there own spin on this and started selling commercially!

  58. Easy and absolutely delicious.  Our tomatoes have been over producing all summer and I have been struggling to find ways to use them. Wish I would have seen this a month ago,
    I made a test batch yesterday.  We tried it.  We loved it.  So today I made 3 more to freeze 

  59. Used tomatoes, hungarian wax peppers and Serrano peppers from our garden, stevia to keep it sugar free. Absolutely delicious!

  60. Simply delicious outcome and my first home made salsa. The 3 fresh jalapenos from the store’s local produce section were pretty mild….so mild that the seeds had no heat (!!)…so to increase the heat, I followed the recipe and then added another half of a 4.5 oz can of LaVictoria HOT diced Jalapeños which worked nicely.. Two large tomatoes, 4 roma tomatoes and the 15 oz of canned San Marzano tomatoes. Also used 1.5 tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of sea salt, 2 tsp of cumin. I might decrease the sugar to 1 tsp or omit it all together next batch….and oh yes, I foresee a next batch. My wife and I are very impressed with our first salsa!! I bet it’s better tomorrow after chilling in the fridge overnight and melding.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  61. Don’t usually rate recipes, but this one is really good-a perfect mix of flavors.

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  64. What would you have to afford to can this safely?

  65. What type and amount of “4 tomatoes”?

  66. I just finished making this recipe. I really like it, it was easy and very full of flavor. It makes a lot. In the fridge now so that the flavors will develop even more. You can make it such that it has a nice kick. I used serrano peppers.

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  68. Will this recipe can well? 

  69. This truly is the best salsa ever! I have made it about 4 times now and will never go back to store bought. The only thing I did differently was I used Fire Roasted canned tomatoes. Also I grew some peppers called Hot Salsa so I used those. It is being hoovered up by everyone that tries it. Love it!

  70. This is fantastic. I would’ve thought that canned tomatoes are heresy, but they work incredibly well in this recipe. Cumin and canned tomatoes really pull this recipe together in a way I couldn’t match with just fresh tomatoes!

  71. I made it twice. Once with the canned tomatoes and once without using 6 large fresh tomatoes. I wasn’t crazy about the canned tomatoes version. It was tasty and good but I preferred the fresh version. 

  72. Best salsa ever! I make a batch for my family every week, and it goes fast! Saves a lot of money over store-bought salsas too that don’t taste nearly as good as this fresh salasa does. Hard to find the San Marzano tomatoes in a 15 oz can, so I buy the bigger 30 oz can and refrigerate half for next time (which is not long). You have made us Salsa Junkies with this and we are so happy. Thanks! Looking forward to trying your other recipes!

  73. My tomato plants have done well this year and needed to use up A LOT of ripe ones. This tasted amazing, I would never have thought to add the canned ingredients to boost the flavor but it sure worked. Yum!

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  75. This is a must to try!!!!! Delicious, serving to my company today

  76. Made it a couple of times. It is a 5 star recipe for a reason. Easily adaptable if you like it hotter. I add a little extra salt, an extra jalepeno (or 2), a serrano…. I also like to chop up a little extra onion and tomatoe and just put it in after it is all done, to make it a little chunkier. (I only have a blender and it tends to really blend it even on the puree setting). Also as for the tomatoes I can only find whole peeled san marzano… So I just used a potatoe masher and mashed them up a bit. Will be my go to recipe. Holds up well, and taste amazing after 2-3 days. (That’s all it seems to last!) Thanks for the easy recipe!

  77. Loved this recipe. Instead of the 4.5oz of crushed tomatoes/green chilies I used 4oz of canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Added a wonderful smoky flavor to the salsa!! Thank you for the recipe.

  78. YESSSSS!!

  79. This was really good but I didn’t love the cumin. Next time I’ll leave that out, or lessen it significantly. I also added some tomatillos. 

  80. I have made this numerous times and the tortilla holding grows each time!!! Fantastic

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  82. This was great salsa! Thank you!

  83. Very easy to make and the flavor is outstanding. Awesome recipe and will definitely make this a lot more now.

  84. This is my go to recipe for Salsa!   Have made it for a few years now and the kids can hardly wait for our tomato harvest so they can devour salsa.  My SIL bragged about her salsa recipe but after eating this one she has flipped!  Don’t hesitate to make .. so easy and tasty.

  85. This salsa is amazing! But I don’t know where the 15oz can of crushed marzanos comes from though, I’ve never seen it, only 14.5oz. My daughter and I have been working on perfecting this recipe for our tastes… use less cilantro and ground cilantro, no sugar, and MSG. Comes out amazing!

    • Great recipe, delicious salsa! I got a couple bags of fresh roasted chiles from the farmers market this morning and used them in the salsa, so good!

  86. I just made the salsa, and OMG! Sooo good!! I did everything as directed,  and this is now my new favorite salsa! Thank you for this wonderful recipe! 😁

  87. Love this Homemade Salsa Recipe, seems super amazing and delicious . Super excited to try this one, will love try this unique Salsa Recipe.

  88. It really is the best salsa!!! I never follow any recipe exactly, because I measure with my heart. I definitely like mine spicier I use 3 jalapenos and a serrano or two depending how spicy they are.

  89. I love these Fresh Tomatoes and Salsa. I have applied the recipe of this article to cook for everyone to eat.

  90. My family and I have been using this recipe for over a year now and it’s the best homemade salsa recipe because it tastes delicious, guarantees that your guests will love it and is so easy to make.

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  93. Love this delicious homemade salsa recipe, this one seems super delicious and amazing . Will love to try this delicious and unique recipe . Thanks for sharing this recipe with us

  94. Thanks for sharing this best homemade salsa recipe, will love to try this super delicious homemade salsa recipe. Amazing one , thanks for sharing this one with us .

  95. Love this recipe. I use 4 fresh lunch box peppers instead of the green chillis. Also some smoked paprika to taste gives it a smokey flavor.

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  98. Thank you for sharing with us such a yummy homemade salsa recipe, we will definitely try this recipe.

  99. Outstanding! This will be my go to salsa from now on!!

  100. Wow! This really is the best homemade salsa recipe! I’ve tried several different recipes but they never had the flavor I was looking for.
    This recipe nails it. Great flavor and texture. Very fresh tasting. I followed everything as written. It came out perfect. And it’s so easy. I won’t have to buy store bought salsa again. Thanks for sharing!

  101. Thanks for sharing this the best homemade salsa recipe, this one salsa recipe seems so delicious , will love to make this one .

    • Yummy! Easy recipe I used my blender and it turned out great. Super inexpensive to make and it makes a good amount. Will add more spice to the next round to try. No more store bought salsa for us :)

  102. Yummy recipe i like cooking 😋

  103. Love this salsa recipe.
    I’ll definitely be making it again very soon
    It is my favorite salsa recipe now and the only one I use.

  104. Very straightforward and simple, I’ve been looking for salsa recipes

  105. This is fantastic!!
    The only thing I need to change is less cumin. I put 2 tsp, and it was entirely too much. Next time I would like to try with just half a tsp cumin. Also, my family likes heat in their salsa, but as I’ve grown older my mouth has become really sensitive and I can’t eat anything super hot or I will have mouth ulcers. So, I used the 3 jalapenos but I left the seeds in one. Worked very well. It brought the heat just perfectly.
    Would love to know if I can can this.

  106. This was very easy to follow and turned out perfectly. Reminded me of the medium spice salso from Poquito Mas!. I substituted lemon for lime (it’s what I had in the house). Easy to halve so that you aren’t sitting with too much.

  107. My salsa has a very very intense onion taste. is there anything i can do to fix that?

  108. This salsa is so yummy! Does anyone know a way to Can it so it still tastes the same?

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  110. Hello,
    I’m jackson, I’m a chef who loves food, I’m always interested in new foods.Homemade Salsa Recipe is great! i just finished them tonight, taste is great and i had a great dinner with my little family. Thanks for your sharing.
    Sincerely grateful!

  111. Always fan of home made food . This salsa recipe looks so delicious , will definitely gonna try this one

  112. i want try las night with my family and taste is delicious very good.

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  114. This is great! I love this recipe and I will make mine special spicy.
    Thank you for this

  115. I used a combination of hot peppers, because my best friend grows them, had easy access, so I gauged for heat myself: jalapeno, cayenne, serrano, fresno.
    I certainly thank you for writing this article well, hopefully it will become a reference in journals or other scientific writings and can help many people. thanks.
    Of course, from the writing you write, there are things that still need to be explained in detail in order to be able to provide enlightenment and become a reference source for all who read.

  116. So basically “salsa” is raw meshed gravy of tomatoes , onions and other stuff . This is actually common in Indian food . Btw thanks for sharing recipe with us

  117. I can only find whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes.. how would I be able to incorporate these as a substitute?
    I made this recipe with regular crushed tomatoes, and want to bring it up to the next level. It was delicious, best I’ve had since my sister passed away. I think she was using your recipe. Closest I’ve gotten to re-creating hers. ❤️

  118. I love salsa and i always thought how to make it since childhood but, after days past i forget that now through your post i will be able to make it now, thanks.

  119. This is a beautiful, dependable recipe. I made the recipe x 10, as I enjoy using my tomato harvest this way rather than simply canning plain tomatoes. I used a combination of hot peppers, because my best friend grows them, had easy access, so I gauged for heat myself: jalapeno, cayenne, serrano, fresno. My question is: I plan to CAN this today in a very large quantity to preserve at room temperature, so will cooking the ingredients together break down the consistency to mush?

    • Sandra,
      Did you end up canning this recipe? We are trying to do the same and wondering how it will come out. Thanks!

      • No; I just posted a few hours ago and am awaiting her reply. I canned salsa last year, and it was quite fine. But, I would certainly expect less chunkiness and more liquid from the cooking. But, this is the only way for me. I need to store at room temperature and not in the freezer. Also, I have soooo many fresh San Marzanos that I do not buy the canned at the store to add. I’m sure it has a better consistency, though, if I had.

    • I made this recipe and love it, also wondering how to can it. Did you try?

    • Did you add any canning salts or anything, or did you just can it as is? 

  120. It’s a good starting point for a salsa but nothing special. If you’re not a fan of cumin, add in little by little. 2 tsp was too much for me. I ended up adding more peppers and a white onion in hopes to mask the strong cumin taste. I wouldn’t make this again.

  121. Best Salsa ever my family loved it thanks 🙏 

  122. Made this exactly as indicated (but all fresh tomatoes) and was amazing. So, Midwest gal thinks she is pretty spicy yet hasn’t learned her peppers yet. Store sold out of canned green Chili’s so improvised with one habenaro and one pablano roasted. Well, broke in to a sweat that even burned my eyes!!! Lol, not exaggerating! Whew! So dumped more cilantro and lime juice in, a little bit more stevia and a big pinch of Hungarian paprika. Toned it down to my level and still turned out super fresh and tasty…yum… I don’t think you can do wrong by this fool-proof recipe: thank you!!!!!

  123. How large are the tomatos you use? The ones from my garden are about Roma sized so I’m trying to determine how many to use. Thanks. 

  124. This looks delish!!! What do you do with the seeds in both fresh and canned tomatoes? 

    • cut out the core (the light green inside of the tomato) and the canned tomatoes just drain and put all contents in your processor.

  125. This recipe is awesome.  I use it as a baseline but add to it with different types of ingredients and it delivers every time!

  126. Great recipe

  127. Hey this is so tasty. Can I can it? Thanks!

  128. Most excellent! Not too spicy, and I loved the inclusion of cumin. I never considered using both canned and fresh tomatoes, but it worked. I would like a bit more garlic, but this is an easy adjustment. 

  129. This is a great salsa recipe that turned out really tasty! My daughter loved it

  130. Made exactly as written. Fan flippin tastic!!!!  Love it!!! 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  131. OMG 😁 I love this recipe ❤❤❤ thanks

  132. Great tasting and easy to make. I like spicy more than the rest of my family but this had the right flavor keep us all happy I used 2 teaspoons cumin but 5 garlic cloves and certainly more than 1/3 cup cilantro. Will definitely make this again. 

  133. Cookware set can help here better

  134. I made this for a recent summer gathering and it was a huge hit! Thanks so much for sharing.

  135. Authentic San Marzano tomatoes are not sold crushed. Whole or filet peeled are the only options.

    • Crushed are available. You can google it.

      • Crushed San Marzano are a fake product. You can google THAT!

        How do I know if my San Marzano tomatoes are real?

        So, if you spot a can of diced San Marzano tomatoes, you’re looking at a fake. Also, some brands even flat-out say the’re not from Italy in the label’s fine print. The real deal will also have the DOP seal and a Consorzio San Marzano certification number on the bottom of the can.

      • Awesome salsa! Perfect.

  136. Quite tasty I used 2 jalapeños and ten ounces of green chili.  I’m added a dash or three of ground ancho chili pepper.  I was taught to simmer my salsa growing up in Central Texas.  It helps the spices marry.  Salsa is always better the 2nd day!

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  139. We tried to make this for my family, and my family really love it. I will introduce your recipe for my friends. Thank you so much. I love it

  140. This was delicious and so easy! Not going to buy jar salsa anymore.

  141. The only thing that I do differently is I roast my whole tomatoes, pealed whole cloves of garlic  and slice my onions into thick slices under the broiler till slightly browned and blackened then add to everything else in blender and pulse until desired thickness this is a great base recipe yummy 

  142. I did not try salsa yet but by reading this easy recipe I am thinking to have of try to make such a delicious salsa.

  143. We enjoyed it but it was VERY cumin-y! I will reduce cumin next time we make it and add more lime. 

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  145. Amazing – thanks for sharing!

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  147. This recipe was mouth watering delicious 😋. The only change I made was replacing the sugar with maple syrup. Definitely be making this again ❤❤❤❤

  148. The best salsa ever!!

  149. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe. It is my favourite recipe. This is beneficial for a good health. I really appreciate the efforts of this blog author. Please keep it up. Thanks again!!

  150. The best salsa recipe!!
    Thank you!

  151. This is my absolute favorite homemade salsa. I think the San Marzano tomatoes make it! I’ve made it with other canned tomatoes and it’s tough to get the right taste.

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  154. This is a fantastic recipe! My only issue with it is that the metric conversions are wrong. It’s using “ml” for dry ingredients. Milliliters is a measurement for liquids, not solids, or in this recipe, powders. The metric ingredients should all be in grams.

    • ml is a volume measurement. This is no different then asking for 1 cup of flour or 1 tablespoon of flour.

      With water, the conversion to weight is very simple as 1ml of water = 1 gram of water, or 1000ml = 1 liter = 1 kilogram.

  155. My absolute favorite salsa recipe! I believe it is the mixture of both fresh and canned tomatoes used in this recipe that made the difference, and made this recipe truly special. I only made one adjustment. I like spice, so I kicked the heat up by adding about a tablespoon of siracha, since I didn’t have access to habanero peppers at the time. It was delicious! I’ve made this salsa many times now and even gave small jars away as a parting gift to guests at my birthday brunch. Thank you!

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  157. Great base recipe and so customizable. I prefer. Bright, fresh tasting salsa, so I did half of the fire-roasted tomatoes, extra cilantro, and extra lime. It came out just perfect. ☺️ Taste as you go so that it comes out just how you want.

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  159. Taught my g-daughter this recipe to teach her how to read a recipe and cook it. Came out delicious.

  160. Great recipe!
    They look delicious and easy to make.
    My favorite one is the Homemade Salsa. I think I will give it a try and make it now.
    Thank You!

  161. I love to cook. Finding and updating new menu recipes every day makes me more interested and interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, Homemade Salsa is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like that. Thanks for sharing the

    great recipe.!!
    Super Tasty.!!!

  162. For some reason, I love cooking your recipes. It looks delicious, for sure this Homemade Salsa is going to be on my table tonight. Thank you, Sommer Collier, for this simple yet delicious looking recipe. !!

  163. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SALSA RECIPE!! It has become my go to recipe.  I have adjusted some of the ingredients to suit my tastes and I have had NOTHING but compliments. THANK YOU!!! 

  164. Look it delicous and taste great

  165. Too onion-y :(

  166. Looks yummy. I’ve tried to make this for my family, and my family really love it. I will introduce your recipe for my friends. Thank you so much. I love it.

  167. Do I have to remove the seeds from the tomatoes

  168. Can you can this recipe in canning jars with hot water bath

  169. Thank you for sharing. It looks so yummy.

  170. It is well balanced and easy to make more than I thought, even after being refrigerated for several days. Highly recommend for everyone.

  171. Made this twice now and it’s a winner!! 
    My adult son came over and had some and asked if it was his grandma’s salsa!! That’s a compliment! We are in Texas so we love our salsa!!! Thanks for the recipe! 
    I used monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar… 
    My food processor was full to the max shorting out! 
    Added more lime juice and tons of cilantro! 

  172. Amazing! It is really well balanced, tastes fresh, and the perfect kind of red salsa that you’d want! 

  173. This is truly the best salsa we’ve tried. It beats the ones from the restaurants and from the jar. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!

  174. Hello Sommer Collier,
    That’s great article about best homemade salsa recipe. keep your good job.

  175. My wife is officially addicted to this 

  176. Wow!! This really IS  the best! Rivals my favorite taco spots’ salsas. I made a half recipe & it filled a quart jar. I couldn’t get San Marzano tomatoes crushed at my grocery so I got a 28oz can of Cento organic San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes which I fished out of the can & pulsed to a crushed consistency in the blender. FYI – a 28 oz can became roughly 15oz when the actual tomatoes were separated from the sauce in the can.

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  178. I made this dish with fun. I love recipe. It is simple and easy. Can’t wait to make this. Pictures are mouthwatering !! Yummy. Great food. Thank you for amazing article. Can I double this recipe?

    • I like this review of you, same point of view

      • I used 20 cherry tomatoes in place of the 4 regular tomatoes and it turn out great. Plus I didn’t have to core and quarter the tomatoes, so that saved time, and it was a good way to use up the cherries, as we all seem to have too many at times. This was fun to make, and eat. Thank you, Sommer.

  179. I’ve never made salsa at home in my entire life, following the passion for cooking realizes me to start making dishes and try something new daily.

    Your this recipe made me craving for having a salsa right now and it looks so tasty in those alluring pictures

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  181. Made the recipe. Love it… just curious if it can be canned 

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  183. Awesome recipe! Great stuff! Added little more cilantro.

  184. Great recipe. I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so I used rotel tomatoes with green chili and it worked great!

  185. Can I us3 blender I don’t have food processor

  186. Delicious if l may say so myself. 

  187. Excellent recipe!! No need to search for other recipes. Used 1 t of sugar to balance acidity. 

  188. Can I preserve this recipe by canning it?

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  190. You shouldn’t need to cook it. You WILL need to extricate enough water with a strainer to make the consistency how you like it. Leave 1/4-1/2 inch of space when freezing. You should like the “taste of summer” if frozen properly. My $.02…

  191. Hi – delicious recipe! For those with the “onion too strong” thing, soak your onion in white or apple cider vinegar for 60-90 secs, It “de-strongs” them! This is a Rick Bayless trick I learned. Also, I have lots of yellow, and sungolds which are really sweet. Would they work ok with the San Marino crushed tomatoes?

  192. Can I use a regular ninja blender? I don’t have a good processor.

  193. I love this salsa!  While I saw a couple of comments that the onion was too strong, I  found the balance of flavors to be perfect.  (In the interest of full disclosure, I do not like onions generally.)   I did not have San Marzano tomatoes in my pantry, but the fire roasted tomatoes that I did have added a great flavor.  Perfect as is – I wouldn’t change a thing!

  194. Do you need to peel the tomatoes?

  195. Very good recipe except I will omit the sugar. I feel it ruined it because it was sweet. I had to add more lime juice and peppers to offset the sweetness. I will make it again but minus the sugar next time. 

  196. Can you freeze this salsa without cooking it?

  197. This is restaurant style salsa. Yum. Homemade salsa is the best with fresh ingredients from the garden. Family approved. I split up my salsa, one with jalapeno pepper one without.

  198. It was excellent I used 2 jalapeños and 1 Carolina reaper. Can you can this with a pressure cooker?  I wondered because you can raw can that wa.

  199. Best salsa recipe i have found yummy ,I ate over half of it yummy ,Thank You  Vicky

  200. Just simply yummy. I ONLY like homemade salsa – and I swear, I could eat the entire batch in one sitting. This recipe is exactly what I love about summer. In the interest of scaling back the heat, I only used one jalapeño and it is VERY mild. I highly recommend this recipe.

  201. This is my go to in the summer. I have many tomatoes in the garden. I use whatever weighs out to roughly 15 oz. I have more cherry/grape tomatoes than anything so I use that…still works and has that great flavor!

  202. I used one packet of “Sugar in the Raw” and added a teaspoon of chili powder. It wasn’t too sweet. 

  203. Looks great! The recipe is quite simple and easy to prepare, added to the menu for this weekend. Hope to enjoy the delicious Homemade Salsa with my family. Thanks and have a nice day!

  204. I made this salsa last year after visiting my local Farmers Market “Hot Pepper Festival” in Lexington,  Kentucky.  I used all fresh tomatoes (red and yellow) and did not use anything from a can because I had tons of fresh summer heirloom tomatoes on hand!  It was my first attempt at homemade salsa and it was a huge success!

  205. Very easy and fresh, but I shouldn’t have added the can of crushed tomatoes. It was so flavorful with everything else. The crushed tomatoes took away from the flavors and spice. 

  206. FANTASTIC and EASY! Do you think I could use a bunch of cherry and grape tomatoes for the tomatoes. We just got a ton of those in. 

  207. Holy Smokes! This was delicious. I split the recipe in half because I was worried that I wouldn’t like it enough to eat it all. WHAT A MISTAKE!

    I can’t get enough of this stuff. thank you for sharing the recipe!

  208. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get a food processor, what size would be best for this recipe?  What size do you use?

  209. I also like to add Mexican oregano, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and shredded monterey jack cheese

  210. Fantastic salsa recipe, this from a produce gardening/selling family! We have experimented long and wide with various fresh tomatoes, peppers, herbs – never occurred to me to add canned (store bought), but it works! Actually, we used Rotel (2 cans drained) instead of the canned San Marzanos and green chiles, was what we had on hand. Everything else exactly as in recipe. So great! Thanks for our new go-to red tomato salsa!

  211. Excellent salsa…. Quick, easy and tasty.

  212. Good recipe but should not have put the cumin in it ! Very strong and overpowering . Made it a second time with no cumin and used all fresh peppers and tomatoes and was great . Thank you for this recipe !

  213. I couldn’t find crushed san marzano tomato’s.  Will regulate crushed tomatoes work?

  214. My mother loved the salsa i made for her. Thanks for the amazing recipe

  215. This is hands down the best salsa I have ever eaten. All my friends want this recipe. I did not use sugar and I added two green tomatoes. I added hot green chili and 1 large jalapeño  and it was not too hot. I now own my forth batch  in two weeks. Fantastic

  216. I have not done this yet. What I need to know. Can you make this recipe without a food processor?

  217. Excellent, easy to make. Highly recommend!!

  218. Yes!!! Loved it

  219. Yes!!! The entire family enjoyed it!! I also added some Cheyenne pepper powder to a batch to make it spicy!!! Thank you so much for sharing

  220. Best Homemade Salsa Recipe is great! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. thank you

  221. I made your spicy salsa  and it came out sweet! What’s can I do now?

    • Hi Connie,

      Did you add sugar? It’s best to go light on the sugar at first, to determine how acidic your tomatoes are. However, you can always add more lime juice to balance out the sweetness.

  222. My family and I all love this recipe! It is our favorite and so easy to make.

  223. This is some great salsa that I make all the time accept, I don’t use a food processor I’d rather cut everything by hand….. Keeping it on the chunky side is more how my family likes it.

  224. WOW! MUCH better than ANY store bought I’ve ever had. Can’t wait for my kids to try this later. Thanks!

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  226. I made this this weekend to go with the barbacoa I was making. I wish I hadn’t added the sugar, I used roma tomatoes and the marzano tomatoes which I think both had some sweetness to a degree. I gave my hubby some before I added the lime juice and he liked it, after I mixed in the lime juice he didn’t like it as much. We did enjoy the salsa, but next time I will leave out the sugar. My go to pepper is the serrano, but the jalapenos were only available. Not quite the best, but really good, thank you for the recipe. I look forward to trying out more of your recipes.

  227. This was such a lovely recipe and so simple to make. Thankyou!! :)

  228. I love this recipe! Just a few tweaks I made due to  preference and lack of ingredients on hand: 1) I omitted the cilantro since I didn’t have any. 2) I didn’t have jalapeño either, so added a few teaspoons of red pepper flakes instead for some kick. 3) I reduced the amount of onion…used 1/8th of a red onion the first time I made it, and 1/4-1/2 of a yellow onion this time. Turned out amazing both times!!!

  229. Can you can this recipe? This is my favorite salsa! 

    • Hi Marla,

      Sorry, because some of the ingredients are fully raw, it is not a canning recipe. You would have to cook it a little first, which would change the flavor. However, I have heard from some readers that they freeze it, and it thaws pretty well.

  230. Can you make a large amount of this salsa and freeze it or store it for longer times? 

  231. The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe is great! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. Thank you

  232. This had become our go to recipe for salsa… it’s absolutely perfect consistency and taste!

  233. Made this today and wow! It was so good, I had a heart attack a month ago and I have to watch my sodium intake. This is healthier and tastes better than any store-bought salsa! Thank you for this amazing recipe!!

  234. I made this today for my family and it was delicious!

  235. I may regret it tomorrow,  but I added a couple of extra roasted jalapeños.  An extra couple of pinches of salt and cumin as well.  

    Turned out really good.

  236. I made this today. Really tasty! Didn’t include onion only because I don’t like it.  Added some cayenne. I just chopped up all the ingredients very finely. Then I used an immersion blender after I added the crushed tomatoes. Will definitely make again!

  237. Finally made this today and it was delicious!

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  239. This is the ABSOLUTE BEST salsa I’ve ever had. My mother in law wanted homemade salsa for mothers day. I’ve never made it before, so I just googled, read the reviews and gave it a try. I’m so glad I did…..everyone at the cookout said it was the best they’ve ever had. My husband has put it on his chicken the past 2 days. I had it with my eggs this am. It has made it to my permanent recipe book. I look forward to making this in the future. So healthy, fresh and delicious! Thanks so much!!!!

  240. I have made this salsa a dozen times, all with rave reviews from those who eat it. I do make two batches, as one I kick up a notch by adding a few smokey chipotle peppers.

    I slight modify by not putting the onions in along with the rest of the veggies first… they tend to get to finely choppped/mushy so I add them in later to integrate. I also use Roma tomatoes. And by all means, take a small nibble out of the jalapenos to determine their heat level.. some are like bellpeppers, some are the hottest things ever! You’ll need to adjust accordingly.

  241. My husband said it was the best salsa he ever had! Now that’s a compliment! 

  242. Very good, thank you for sharing!  I added a chopped up tomato at the end to make it slightly chunky. Delicious recipe 

  243. The cumin just didn’t do it for us… it was very overpowering and we used 1 1/2 tsp. I think it would’ve been 5 stars without it.

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  245. What I favorite first to love is your presentation, is very beautiful, and attract readers. How you share very clear and intelligibility. Thank you.

  246. This was a great salsa recipe – but wondering if I can omit the sugar?

  247. I liked the recipe. I did not add the canned tomatoes, used 1 serrano and 3 jalapenos with the Hatch canned hot green chilies. Turned out great!! It has heat; how I like it, and there is a lot of salsa.

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  249. This formula was right on the money!! So great! It is fiery however even with de-seeding the jalapeños. What’s more, I like fiery stuff.

  250. Excellent! This recipe makes me want to grow tomatoes and limes!

  251. So stinkin’ good! I’ll never buy store bought again.

  252. Just amazing! It tastes exactly like the restaurant kind! Very fresh. I’ll be making this again.

  253. I just made this, and I thought that the canned tomatoes kind of ruined the fresh flavor I enjoy from salsa. It turned out great in consistency, and it made a lot of salsa. It just wasn’t to my taste.

  254. For not having to boil, char, roast, or smoke anything, this is an EXCELLENT recipe. I added a teaspoon of chili powder (and an extra habanero or two, because I love heat) to balance out the raw veggie-ness with some smokier flavor and was very happy with this batch of salsa. I have not tried a tablespoon of chipotle pepper sauce, but that might be the next tried alteration. Thanks for taking the time and sharing.

  255. Delicious made it twice now. We have said goodbye to store bought salsa with this recipe :)

  256. Tried several fresh salsa recipes, this one is the best by far. Thank you for sharing

  257. Turned out great! I roasted the veggies and added a Serrano and Anaheim pepper. Also  used hot green Chiles. We like it spicy. Def is my new salsa recipe. 

  258. ****I have a question please****

    Do you cook the veggies first? Or we doing this all raw?

  259. This is awesome! We are not corn-chip people, so this will probably go over eggs… or toast… it makes quite a bit, so I froze some!

  260. This recipe is awesome. She is 100% correct about using half fresh and half canned tomatoes. The only thing i switched was I used fresh jalepenos instead of canned green chili’s. I loved it!

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  262. WAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY  too much onion.  Ended up needing to double everything else, and the onion was still overpowering (and I love onion).  Perhaps I just had a whopper of an onion?  Otherwise, the flavors were extremely good.  Will definitely make again with about 1/4 of the onion.  

    • I agree! The onion was so overpowering that everything else tasted a bit bitter. But other than that, it tasted good.