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Homemade Fresh Salsa

January 13, 2018 (Last Updated: December 10, 2019) by Chris Collins

This gorgeous homemade fresh salsa couldn’t be more simple to make. Use this homemade chunky salsa to top chicken, quesadillas, nachos or keep at as a dip for your favourite chips!

Pick De Gallo, Salsa Fresca, Tomato Salsa, whatever you wanna call it, today we’re here to discuss it in all it’s beauty. And boy is it beautiful.

 Homemade fresh Salsa with Nachos

A good tomato salsa is one of those staples in life. Whether it’s for dipping tortilla chips, plonking on a chicken breast or wrapping in a fajita, salsa is an absolute must in my house.

And really, it’s gotta be a freshly homemade salsa.

Admittedly for a looooong time (too long) I’d get store bought salsa just for the pure fact I thought a really delicious homemade salsa would be tricky to make. Oh how wrong was I.

I tested around with this recipe for a while, longer than I usually would with a recipe actually. Let’s be real there’s enough salsa recipes out there to feed the 5000, so I felt it important to make this one the most delicious it can be!

Without blowing my own trumpet, mission accomplished.

Best ingredients for Homemade Salsa

  • Fresh Tomato
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Coriander (Cilantro)
  • Garlic
  • Lime
  • Cumin
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

This will give you a delicious base salsa to use as it is, or with any added tasty extras.

Homemade Fresh Salsa

Best way to make a Homemade Salsa

Canned Tomatoes vs Fresh Tomatoes

Many recipes I’ve seen use canned tomatoes, but for me the taste and texture is second to none using diced fresh tomatoes. The tomato is the hero ingredient so why not celebrate it in all it’s glory? Grab the juiciest freshest tomatoes you can find and use those canned tomatoes for a rainy day.

Seasonings for Tomato Salsa

For me there a 3 must have ingredients that you’d be a fool not to include:

  1. Cumin – Not many recipes actually include this, but I find that just half a tsp will marry together these ingredients and add a kick to the whole dish.
  2. Lime – As in lime, not lemon, but lime. The difference is definitely noticeable 🙂
  3. Coriander/Cilantro – I know some people despise this herb, but you really can’t have a tomato salsa without it (IMO 😁)

Homemade Fresh Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips

Salsa without a food processor

So many recipes out there use a food processor to make salsa. This was actually what I used first time round testing this recipe and didn’t touch it again since. I really do see the benefits, which mainly seem to base around convenience, but take a little extra time to hand chop and you’ll see a huge difference.

Personally I feel there are a few different reasons for this:

  1. Variation: If I’m making a salsa it’s usually because I’ve got guests, and with that you’ve got a lot of different taste buds to please. Manually chopping your salsa makes it so much easier to add in different ingredients and keep the texture the same i.e peppers, cucumber etc. Sure, you could throw in some sweetcorn or black beans into a processed salsa but they’re going to stick out like a sore thumb. Hand chopping keep everything uniformed when adding in extras.
  2. Texture: Now I guess this really is preference but I’m certainly team chunky salsa. You wouldn’t blend a guacamole now would you.. Would you!? Please tell me you wouldn’t!
  3. Appearance: Lastly, I find that after the salsa has been in the food processor it loses it’s colour. A big bowl of bright chunky salsa certainly looks the part!

Serving Mexican Salsa

It’s best to let the flavours develop in the fridge before you serve, just an hour will do. Having said that if you do choose to let it rest, make sure you add salt after so it doesn’t start producing tonnes of water.

When it comes to what you want to serve salsa with, here’s some ideas:

Anywho, enough about me being a hand chopping snob and more about this salsa. Take the extra time to chop your ingredients and enjoy a gorgeously vibrant and fresh homemade salsa. All in all this recipe seriously couldn’t be easier!

Homemade Fresh Salsa with Lime

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How to make a Homemade Fresh Salsa (Full Recipe)

Homemade Fresh Salsa Dip

Homemade Fresh Salsa

'This gorgeous homemade fresh salsa couldn't be more simple to make. Use this homemade chunky salsa to top chicken, quesadillas, nachos or keep at as a dip for your favourite chips!'
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 6
Calories: 72kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 6 Tomatoes (from the vine), finely diced
  • 1 medium White Onion, finely diced
  • 1-4 Fresh Jalapenos, finely diced & deesed if preferred.
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch Fresh Coriander (cilantro), finely diced
  • 1-2 Limes
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste


  • In a suitably sized bowl, combine all of your ingredients apart from your Jalapeños and 1 lime.
  • Taste test for seasoning.
  • Little by little add in your preferred amount of Jalapeño, 1 being fairly mild and 4 being spicy. Add more lime juice to taste.


a) For best results, pop the salsa in the fridge for an hour or so before serving to allow the flavours to blend. However, do not add salt if you are doing this, salt draws out moisture at it will turn into salsa soup by the time you serve it. Add salt just before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Homemade Fresh Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 72 Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.82g7%
Saturated Fat 0.667g3%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.58g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.352g
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 311mg9%
Carbohydrates 7.06g2%
Fiber 1.6g6%
Sugar 1.24g1%
Protein 1.74g3%
Vitamin A 4100IU82%
Vitamin C 33.8mg41%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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Be sure to crack out some Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips!

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

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  • Reply
    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    January 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    I could eat this by the bucketful, this looks so fresh and inviting after all the holiday overload!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks, Sue! Save a bucket for me!

  • Reply
    January 17, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Chris…gorgeous and I’m loving the look of those tortilla chips. Sometimes I eat salsa and chips and nothing else… for a meal 😉 I would be happy to eat your chips and salsa for a meal!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Oh I’m totally with you on that, I eat chips and salsa for literally any meal of the day! Thanks for your kind words, Traci 🙂

  • Reply
    January 17, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    5 stars
    This salsa definitely looks pretty and sure would taste divine. I am with you on not blending. These beautiful colors will be lost.

    • Reply
      January 17, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, Chichi! Welcome to team non-blending 😉

  • Reply
    January 17, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    This looks so simple yet this salsa could make me busy munching all my tortillas chips in one sitting.

    • Reply
      January 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Yep, that’s usually what happens! 🙂

  • Reply
    Elizabeth | The Recipe Revival
    January 17, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    5 stars
    Fresh salsa is one of my favorite snacks! I am a cilantro hater, so I would skip that but the rest of the recipe sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      It’s certainly one of my favourite snacks too!!

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