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Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

The best homemade salsa dip to go with your tortilla chips for a last-minute potluck dinner!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish, Dip/ Salad Dressing/ Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: salsa, salsa dip, salsa recipe, salsa sauce
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.