A Quick And An Not-So-Quick Recipe For Mexican Salsa

9 December 2019
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Have you ever visited a Mexican restaurant with salsa so good that you just wanted a jar to bring home? While there are plenty of delicious, pre-made salsas out there, you can also make delicious salsa in your home kitchen. Here, you will find a quick recipe that results in a brighter, more acidic salsa, along with a not-so-quick recipe that has more depth of flavor and savory notes.

Quick and Easy Salsa


  • 3 whole, ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 a sweet onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 squeeze lime juice

Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeno in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into a medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer. Add the salt and cilantro, and simmer over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, and stir in the fresh lime juice just before serving. Taste, and add additional salt if needed.

Slow But Delicious Salsa


  • 5 tomatoes
  • 1 white, sweet onion
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 tomatillo
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 squeeze lime juice

Dice the tomato, tomatillo, and white onion roughly. Mince the garlic, jalapeno, chili pepper, and cilantro. Set all of these ingredients aside.

Sautee the white onion in the olive oil. When the onion is translucent and just beginning to brown, add the garlic and the hot peppers to the pan. Saute gently — just long enough to get a little color on the veggies, but not long enough to burn the garlic. 

When the veggies start to brown, add the diced tomatoes and tomatillo to the pan. Add the salt and sugar. Stir to combine, and then cover the pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the cover, and simmer for another 10 minutes or until the salsa is starting to thicken. Remove the pan from the heat. If you want chunky salsa, just stir in the cilantro and lime, and then serve. If you like a smoother salsa, use a hand blender to puree the salsa into the desired consistency. Then add the cilantro and lime.

Whether you choose to make the quick recipe or the more time-consuming one, some truly delicious salsa is in your future.

To learn more about Mexican salsa, consult a resource in your area.