Homemade salsa is a game-changer. This easy salsa recipe is loaded with fresh tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno for a little kick, and it comes together quickly in a blender or food processor.

This restaurant-style salsa only requires a handful of fresh ingredients. Whether you need a topping for Taco Salad or Breakfast Tacos, or just want to munch on some tortilla chips with salsa, you’ll love this fresh salsa recipe.

Fresh homemade salsa recipe served in a bowl garnished with cilantro

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Homemade Salsa

This salsa reminds me of the appetizer salsas at restaurants that always have me wishing they’d just bring a bigger bowl! It’s actually really easy to make a restaurant-style salsa – it comes together in minutes and it keeps well in the refrigerator.

The fresh tomatoes make the salsa taste vibrant and fresh while adding canned diced tomatoes gives it a great depth of flavor just like the irresistible salsa appetizers that are served at Mexican restaurants.

  • Flavor: The perfect salsa is a little spicy, tangy, and savory. If you prefer a spicy salsa, you can adjust the level of spice to your liking by simply adding more jalapenos. 
  • Texture: A nice, restaurant-quality table salsa is fine in texture. Unlike chunky Pico de Gallo, you want this salsa to come out a bit saucier. This is why using a blender or food processor is an absolute must. This makes it perfect for chip dipping or smothering over a burrito, taco, or some grilled meat. 
  • Quick: All you have to do is toss your ingredients into the food processor and let your salsa marinate for a couple of hours before serving. Once the flavors meld, it tastes even better.
Ingredients for fresh salsa with tomatoes, cilantro, onion, lime, jalapeno

How to Make Homemade Salsa 

In just two simple steps, you’ll have a homemade salsa that is perfect for any occasion. Follow the simple steps below and you’ll be dipping in no time.

  1. Blend – Place ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse in two-second bursts, or until all the ingredients are chopped and combined.
  2. Rest – Place in the refrigerator to marinate for a couple of hours or overnight. 

Pro Tip: Do not over-blend your salsa. If you pulse it too much, it will turn into soup. You still want it to maintain some texture. Just a couple of pulses in a food processor will do the trick. 

How to blend Salsa ingredients in a food processor

Tips for the Best Homemade Salsa

Even though making this salsa is simple, but here are some tips to ensure your fresh salsa turns out perfect every time:

  • Adjust the spice – Use as many or as few jalapenos as you prefer. Note: Jalapenos with vertical lines on the outside indicate that the peppers have been aging for some time. The more lines, the spicier they are. 
  • Don’t over-blend – Only blend the salsa just until it’s incorporated. You want a nice, fine texture where you can still see all the colors of the ingredients (see the picture above for reference). 
  • Let the salsa rest – Letting your salsa marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator will yield the best flavors. Don’t skip this step! 
  • Pick the right canned tomatoes – Petite diced is the best cut for this recipe. Also, take note if you are using a can with seasoning or added salt, you will need to add salt to taste.
Homemade Salsa in a bowl

To Serve

Homemade salsa is so versatile and isn’t just an appetizer. The possibilities for serving are endless, but here are some of our favorite ways to serve homemade salsa:

Fresh salsa served on an appetizer platter with tortilla chips

Common Questions

Can this homemade salsa be canned?

This salsa is not intended for canning since it isn’t a ‘cooked’ salsa, nor does it have the correct proportion of acid for canning so we do not recommend canning this salsa. If you are looking for a salsa that keeps longer, our favorite is Roasted Salsa which tastes just like fresh once it’s thawed.

Can I omit canned tomatoes?

If you omit the canned tomatoes, you will essentially have a Pico de Gallo, which has a different flavor profile.

How long does homemade salsa last?

You can safely keep homemade salsa for up to a week in the refrigerator. See storage tips below.

Storing Fresh Homemade Salsa

  • Refrigerating: Pour your salsa into an airtight container or Mason Jar and pop it in the refrigerator for up to a week. The longer the salsa marinates in the refrigerator, the better it tastes. 
  • Freezing: Fresh tomato salsa does not freeze well because it has fresh vegetables which can turn mushy and watery when thawed. If you’re looking for a freezer-friendly salsa, try our Roasted Tomato Salsa.

Pro Tip: Airtight storage containers keep food fresh longer and look so organized in your fridge.

Fresh salsa in a storage container

More Salsa Recipes 

These salsa recipes are some of our favorite summer appetizers and they are a great way to use up garden-grown vegetables and even fruit.

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipe

5 from 46 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
homemade salsa served restaurant style in a bowl
This easy restaurant-style salsa recipe is a game-changer. Fresh homemade salsa is perfect for taco night or munching with tortilla chips.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 servings
  • 1 lb Roma tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 12 oz canned petite diced tomatoes, with their juice
  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1  jalapeno pepper, roughly chopped, seeded
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice, from 1/2 fresh lime
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt, adjust to taste

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender. Pulse in 2 second bursts until all ingredients are chopped and combined. Note: Don’t over blend your salsa. You want a fine texture, but not a puree.
  • Leave salsa covered and refrigerated for a couple of hours before you are ready to serve. This will bring all the flavors together.

Nutrition Per Serving

21kcal Calories5g Carbs1g Protein1g Fat1g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat1g Monounsaturated Fat429mg Sodium196mg Potassium1g Fiber3g Sugar446IU Vitamin A10mg Vitamin C19mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
21
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
429
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
196
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
446
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
19
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fresh salsa, homemade salsa, salsa recipe
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 21

Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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Comments

  • Nitza G.
    December 17, 2023

    Made this for the first time. After researching many recipes, the only change I made was to chop the onions & peppers first before adding the tomatoes. This helped lessen the chance of pureeing the salsa.
    It was a hit!!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 17, 2023

      Hi Nitza! That’s wonderful. I’m so glad it was a hit.

      Reply

  • Christi
    November 19, 2023

    So easy and delicious! Best salsa I’ve made! I never thought about how I was overblending before, so doing it in the food processor in short little bursts made this perfect, thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 19, 2023

      You’re so welcome! We’re happy to hear that you loved it!

      Reply

  • ADA SALSMAN
    August 4, 2023

    I have made the fresh salsa for years and now have no one around that likes the spicy foods. I want to know if I can cook it now to taste more like the roasted? (I am going to try it, but want your opinion first).

    Reply

  • Alisha
    July 22, 2023

    My salsa came out so bland! I’m not sure where I went wrong! No matter what I added, I tasted like nothing even with all of those fresh ingredients. What can I do?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 22, 2023

      Hi Alisha! Did you make any substitutions or alterations to the recipe? It could be the tomatoes. Some store bought tomatoes have little to almost no flavor. You can keep adding seasoning, salt, and pepper for more flavor.

      Reply

  • Cindy
    July 22, 2023

    I’ve tried many fresh salsas only to be disappointed. But yours has a great balance of flavor for us. So good! And easy. Finally a winner! Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 22, 2023

      Hi Cindy! That’s wonderful. Thank you for the feedback. Glad you found a keeper!

      Reply

  • Wendy
    June 4, 2023

    Hi Natasha. I am looking for a salsa I can use for canning. Would this be a good choice or the other one on your site. Thanks so much. Love your recipes!!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 4, 2023

      Hi Wendy! I have not tried canning salsa. At the moment, I do not have a recipe for that.

      Reply

  • Brooke Atwell
    May 7, 2023

    How does this compare to Natasha’s roasted salsa recipe? I want to make this one or her roasted salsa recipe this week to have with carnitas on Sunday for Mothers Day (mom’s request). Which one should I make?!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 8, 2023

      Hi Brooke! They are both great and use the same base ingredients. You may try this one for something new, I think you’ll enjoy it. I really enjoy the fresh lime juice and spices in this.

      Reply

      • Claudia
        February 17, 2024

        This is a delicious, fresh salsa! The balance of flavors is perfection! I’m making breakfast taquitos and this salsa will be the perfect accompaniment. Leftover salsa and corn chips for the win! Natasha, your recipes never disappoint.

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          February 17, 2024

          Thank you so much, Claudia! I appreciate the feedback.

          Reply

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