Authentic Mexican Salsa Recipe

by Ishani Bose last updated -

Salsa sauce is the perfect condiment, which goes well with nachos/tacos, tortilla chips, noodles, bean rice and other Mexican delicacies. The salsa recipe is prepared using tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic and other fresh uncooked vegetables and, in some cases, fruits.  This delicious sauce can bring any boring dish to life. It takes all of just 10 minutes, and is the perfect recipe for last minute potlucks and parties. You can prepare this dip/sauce and serve it with chips or nachos and you’ll be good to go!

How to make Salsa Sauce?

What makes for an ideal recipe? Well, an ideal recipe is definitely one that has a short cooking time, an uncomplicated list of ingredients, requires low maintenance prep and one that turns out flavorful and delicious by the end of it all. Our salsa recipe checks all these criteria and can give all your store-bought salsa jars a run for their money. A perfect blend of tomatoes, onions, lime and cilantro, this salsa recipe will feel like it came straight from your favorite Mexican food restaurant. In fact, much better! So, let’s get started with the recipe.

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The best homemade salsa dip to go with your tortilla chips for a last-minute potluck dinner!
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Course: Side Dish, Dip/ Salad Dressing/ Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: salsa, salsa dip, salsa recipe, salsa sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves fresh
  • 1/4 cup onions chopped
  • 2 10-ounce cans diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 28-ounce can tomatoes whole, with juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 whole jalapeno sliced thin with seeds and membrane
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sugar


  • To make salsa sauce, in a food processor or blender, combine the whole tomatoes, the diced tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, garlic, onions, cumin, salt, sugar and lime. Blend it till you get the salsa in the consistency you prefer. 
  • Once you get your desired consistency, (probably after 15-17 pulses), try it out with tortilla chips to see if the seasoning is right. You can add sugar, salt, lime juice according to the taste.
  • Thereafter, refrigerate the salsa sauce for an hour before you serve it. This way all flavors will seep and blend properly. And voila you have your authentic Mexican salsa ready!
    A bowl full of salsa sauce kept atop a table next to garlic cloves, red chilies, and tomatoes


Make sure you use a big food processor, preferably a 12-cup one, if you wish to blend the whole thing together. If you don't have one, it would be advisable to blend the whole thing in batches. However, if you do so, you will have to ensure that you manage to get a uniform consistency. 

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About the Author

An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani Bose has worked as a reporter/features writer for several leading newspapers and organizations in India. It was her love for food, health, and wellness that brought her to Organic Facts. She is also passionate about mental health and enjoys writing about it to educate more and more people about the same. She is an avid Instagrammer who knows the latest social media trends. When not writing or cooking, you’ll find her reading, traveling, soaking herself in music, arts, and culture in every way possible. Ishani has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” by Stanford University, US. Furthermore, she has completed an online course on “The Science of Wellbeing” by the Department of Psychology, Yale University.

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