Get restaurant-style salsa made in minutes at home with your blender with this super freaking easy homemade salsa recipe!
Let’s put the “fun” in Latin food with some Queso Fundido to have with our salsa. This creamy, spicy, sausage-filled cheese dip is another fun way to eat tortilla chips and comes together quickly. I usually order it at Mexican restaurants while everyone else eats chips and salsa!
Making homemade salsa using a few shortcuts won’t take away from the flavor. But it will save you time, which is just as important as flavor to me. You will have this salsa done in under ten minutes from start to finish and you will probably run out just as fast. Better make a triple batch just in case!
This salsa is great for a variety of recipes. You can use it in dishes that have salsa as an ingredient listed. Or spoon some on top of just about anything with yummy Latin flavors.
Why We Love Easy Homemade Salsa
Saving time and dishes in the kitchen is always a win, right?! I think so. That’s why I found a few ways to trim some of the prep work of making delicious salsa at home. And it’s just as good as my favorite Mexican restaurant.
To start with, blender salsa is much faster get everything small enough to get a little bit of each ingredient in every bite. That’s what the best salsa has, a perfect mix of flavors no matter how far into the bowl you are.
I like smoother salsa, without large pieces which resemble pico de gallo. That way when my chip goes in I get tiny pieces of peppers and tomato instead of big chunks. The blender makes smooth salsa super easy and super fast.
If you like bigger pieces or chunky salsa just pulse the ingredients instead of blending all the way. You’ll still save a ton of time and energy. Just make sure you make your margaritas first so you can sip from one hand while pressing a button with the other!
Ro-tel: This is a canned combination of fresh tomatoes, chopped green chiles, cilantro, salt, and a little bit of water. This is the base for our salsa already diced up and it has a secret blend of spices as well. You decide which level of spiciness you want and buy a can of that variety for your salsa.
Diced Tomatoes: Salsa is based on tomatoes and we want to make sure we have plenty. You could also use fresh diced Roma tomatoes, but I’m all about saving prep time and eating salsa ASAP!
Cilantro: Not only does it make your salsa more colorful, but it also adds a unique flavor to the salsa. If you don’t like cilantro, you can 100% skip adding it in.
Lime Juice: Kick it up a notch by adding a little tanginess to your salsa and really embracing the Latin flavor palette.
- Use whichever variety of Ro-tel suits your tongue, spice it up or keep it mild.
- If you want to add even more spice you can add some diced jalapenos or hot sauce to your salsa.
- Adding fresh sweet corn adds a little more crunch, color, and a new flavor to salsa recipes.
- Puree your salsa into some canned black beans that have been drained for a yummy bean dip.
How to Make Salsa
POUR your ingredients into your blender or food processer
PULSE the salsa to whatever level of liquified you desire, a couple of seconds for chunky, a few more seconds for smooth
ENJOY with crisp tortilla chips or in your favorite Latin recipe, that’s all there is to this super simple salsa
Tips & Tricks
- Add additional flavor by using diced yellow, green or red onion.
- Try different types of peppers to add heat and new flavors to your homemade salsa. When I want to up the spice level of this salsa, I add in one jalapeno that’s been seeded.
- Adding fruit to salsa brings new flavors and textures, I sometimes add mango or strawberry to change it up a little.
Can you freeze salsa?
Yes, you can freeze salsa in an airtight container for up to three months. It won’t be the same consistency when it thaws and won’t have the same flavors, it might be watered down some. You also want to make sure to leave at least an inch of open space at the top of the container. This will allow for the water in the salsa to expand when it freezes.
How long does salsa last in the refrigerator?
You can keep fresh salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for five to seven days.
More delicious Mexican-inspired recipes
- Baked Beef Taquitos
- Cuervo and Tecate Slow Cooker Carnitas
- Margarita Tequila Jello Shots
- Mango & Shrimp Quesadillas
- Slow Cooker Pork Tinga
- Easy Seasoned Chicken Tacos
- Pork Chilaquiles
You’re gonna love how easy homemade salsa is and never want to buy it in a jar again! (The freshness is on a whole different level!). Let me know what you thought in the comments. I want to hear all about how you made it unique for your own batch!
Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe
- 14.5 ounces Ro-tel tomatoes
- 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes (I recommend fire-roasted)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 bunch cilantro (stems removed)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice plus more to taste
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender.
- Pulse for 30 seconds for chunky salsa, or a little longer for smoother salsa.
- Check the seasoning and add more salt or lime juice to taste. Pulse once to mix if you adjust the seasoning at all.
- Pour into a serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.