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Easy Salsa Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes

Updated on August 16, 2012

Without a doubt, fresh tomatoes belong in salsa! After all, there's simply not a better dip that highlights the exquisite flavor of the humble tomato. While consumption rates prove that there's no shortage of love for this tomato treat, it's hard to understand why so much of it makes its way to the table in a mass-produced form. Dismiss me all you like, but commercially produced tomatoes blended with a culmination of bland ingredients and a cocktail of preservatives, all to be packaged up and shipped for sale at your local supermarket, hardly shows a lick respect towards the almighty salsa dip! So, it's time to ditch that jar and finally catch up to par! Learn this quick and easy salsa recipe with fresh tomatoes, and you'll be converted.


Fresh Salsa Recipe Rating -

5 stars from 4 ratings of this Easy Salsa Recipe

Ingredients -

The tastiest salsa is only achieved with the freshest ingredients, something this recipe boasts! Keep in mind that these ingredients are highly variable and can be made with what produce is locally available to you.

  • 1.5lbs of Fresh Tomatoes
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Habanero Chili
  • 2Tbs Dried & Ground Pasilla Chili
  • Small handful of Cilantro

Sure, it's an unconventional salsa, but these five ingredients meld together perfectly to create a mouthwatering balance between sweet and heat! Knowing that there's more preservatives in some commercial salsa than ingredients in this recipe, you can rest assured that the quality of your salsa will be unbeaten by the mass produced contenders.


An Heirloom Tomato Recipe -

Salsa is a true dish of using what's on hand. In this case, I just so happened to have a 1.7 pound heirloom tomato!

Procedure -

Pressed for time? No worries! This quick homemade salsa recipe whips up in less than fifteen minutes.

  1. Set your oven to its broiler setting and arrange the rack to the top.
  2. Cut tomatoes in quarters and place skin side down on a steel baking sheet.
  3. Place under broiler for 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes just begin to develop slight charring.
  4. In the meantime, mince the garlic and habanero pepper.
  5. When the tomatoes are ready, work fast to remove all the skins. They peel off much easier while the tomatoes are still warm.
  6. Combine all ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until the desired consistency is reached.
  7. After blending, the salsa should be fairly cooled down and ready to eat, but a half hour to an hour in the fridge will do wonders by melding the flavors!


All Photos © Joe Macho
All Photos © Joe Macho

Final Word - Salsa Recipe From Scratch

Smokey, sweet and full of heat! This heirloom tomato and habanero pepper salsa recipe is sure to please. With so many variants out there, I'd like to hear all about your favorite homemade salsa! Thanks for reading my easy salsa recipe with fresh tomatoes. Enjoy!

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      Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

      G-Ma Johnson - I've still yet to come across the Jalapeno in a blanket advertisement! If you do try it, let me know. It sounds great.

      Phoenix2327 - It was an unusually warm weekend! Plenty of time to get my gardening going. I'm so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed the recipe! Sounds like it worked out perfectly for your Mexican night and more. Normally I don't have much for leftovers, but I can agree with you that the flavors are so much better after a day in the fridge. Your opinion is always greatly appreciated! Take care.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Joe. Hope you had a good weekend.

      I prepared your salsa recipe with a few minor changes. Used less fiery peppers as not everyone in the family likes heat with their dinner.

      We had fajitas and the salsa really pulled them together. It worked really well with the smoky flavour of the beef. We had some left over so we let it sit over night in the fridge. Sunday we decided to stay with the Mexican theme and had tacos. The salsa was even more flavourful.

      This recipe ticks all my boxes. Ingredients are easy to find and easy to prepare. The recipe itself is flexible enough to allow your own personal touches. Definitely a winner.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Wow Joe did you see the Jalapeno popper, in a blanket recipe on this hub? (advertisement) sounds soo good...might have to add that Easter too...Happy Easter to you and sure...come join us...LOL :O) G-Ma...again

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      Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

      phoenix2327 - Tantalizing huh? I dig your vocab! Be sure to let me know how it goes on Saturday. What else is on the menu? Nothing better than Mexican food.

      Dardarji - Excellent! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the recipe. I have to agree, slightly charring the tomatoes makes all the difference. I've made the recipe without popping the tomatoes under the broiler, and it just doesn't live up to the flavor you crave. Salsa de Macho, what an honor!

      G-Ma Johnson - Thank you so much! All I can say is that I've never had salsa for Easter! Sounds like you might have quite an interesting meal planned. Can I join? lol. Take care and Happy Easter!

      teaches12345 - Oooh, salsa and eggs! Now that's always tasty. Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it very much. With a tomato like that, I just had to show it off in the pictures!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I agree that there is no comparison to a salsa made with fresh tomato. I love a good salsa with eggs in the morning as it adds a little kick to the enjoyment. Great recipe and the photos are a good enhancement to the article.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      OMG... this sounds out of this world..I am gonna try it over the EASTER dinner with my childen and grandchildren and maybe forever after...Thanks..:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Dardarji 6 years ago from California, USA

      Just made the salsa Joe and it is yummy! The slightly charred tomato surprisingly makes all the difference. The only thing I added was minced onion. This is going in my recipe box! I am calling it Salsa de Macho. :o) Thanks so much for sharing . . .

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Looks tantalizing. We'll have to give it a go this weekend as Saturday is Mexican night. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

      Voted up and useful.