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How to Make Salsa at Home

Updated on September 10, 2012
Simple homemade salsa with chips, made with only 5 ingredients!
Simple homemade salsa with chips, made with only 5 ingredients! | Source
fresh peppers from the garden, washed and seeded, then diced
fresh peppers from the garden, washed and seeded, then diced | Source
simmering the tomatoes, peppers and diced onions
simmering the tomatoes, peppers and diced onions | Source
continue simmering until the salsa thickens, about an hour
continue simmering until the salsa thickens, about an hour | Source
salsa garnished with fresh onion and freshly grated cheese
salsa garnished with fresh onion and freshly grated cheese | Source

This salsa turned out to be the best I have made as far as mild salsa goes. It is quite sweet, yet it has a tiny bit of kick at the end and is very flavorful. I attribute that to extremely fresh ingredients right from the garden. My peppers are not overly hot, they are slightly milder than jalapenos, but will deliver a spicier kick if you leave the seeds in them. My family does not like hot salsa, so I make sure to remove all the seeds from the peppers.

The tomatoes are fresh from my CSA farm. I do remove the skins from them before cooking them down into the salsa. Tomato skins are easy to remove. It only takes a few minutes to do and I highly recommend it, I think you get a fresher flavor without the skins. Add the tomatoes to a boiling pot of water for 30-60 seconds. Remove them with a slotted spoon and then place them into a bowl of ice water or a sink of cold water. The skins will easily separate from the flesh and most likely will already be splitting from it. If it is not splitting away already, just poke the skin and gently pull on it. Discard the skins and place the tomatoes into another pot to simmer for an hour or two with the rest of the ingredients.

This salsa can easily be modified to make it sweeter or hotter to your own personal tastes. Just add more peppers for more heat. Add a Tbsp of sugar to make it sweet. I would also consider adding honey but have not tried this yet myself. Garnish the salsa with shredded sharp cheddar cheese and onions and serve with chips or flour tortillas. I hope you enjoy this super simple salsa!

5 stars from 1 rating of 5 ingredient salsa

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: serves 6

Ingredients

  • 4 medium tomatoes, skins removed
  • 6 fresh peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Slice peppers in half, wash out and remove seeds (leave them in for a lot more heat). Dice peppers and add to pot to simmer with tomatoes.
  2. Remove skins from tomatoes and add to pot with peppers. Simmer for an hour with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Dice 1/4 of a sweet onion. I used a yellow sweet onion and diced it into really small pieces. Add to pot with the peppers and tomatoes.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp of garlic salt to the pot. Simmer for one hour. You can let it simmer a little longer if it is still too watery for your tastes.
  5. After it all simmers together for at least an hour your kitchen will smell fantastic! I let the salsa cool down a little bit then I use my Cuisinart immersion blender to blend it all together a little better and break down the large chunks of tomato. I love this little gadget and it works great for sauces and soups. You can serve the salsa warm (I did) or cold. I hope you enjoy this very simple salsa!

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    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love salsa and I'm sure this is especially wonderful with all the homegrown veggies. Voted up!

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      kat_thurston 4 years ago

      we make salsa all the time and all the vegetables come from our garden. There's nothing better. Thanks for sharing this recipe puts me in the mood to make some.

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      Daisy Fabelo 4 years ago from miami beach

      I was dying for a good salsa recipi.... thanxs... I'll let u know how it works for me....

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Homemade salsa is truly the best, isn't it? We love it, too and I made a spicier version for myself today.

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Please keep me posted! It is so much better to have fresh ingredients, so much more depth to the taste. Enjoy!

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Thank you for checking out my recipe! I think the fresh veggies make all the difference.

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      Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Like kat_thurston, we make salsa from our homegrown produce. I usually make fresh salsas, but I'll have to try your simmered version!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love homemade salsa. Your photos make it look so good and makes me want to have some tomorrow. I prefer mine mild rather than hot and served with homemade tortilla chips. You have my heart on this one!

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      thank you! I love fresh tomatoes so much and they really make the best salsa. I think I'm making another batch today, can't wait!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Such a good idea to make your own, I tend to buy it but I will give this a try, thanks so much, nell

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      MM... I love salsa ^_^ I'll have to give your recipe a try sometime, it's very different from mine. voting up and pinning

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      thank you, I will check out yours, too, maybe for my next batch of tomatoes. I have so many ripening every day right now, but hear we might get frost soon - so I have to get picking!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh sorry I don't have a hub for my recipe ^_^ Thank you for the thought though

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