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How to Make Salsa at Home

Updated on September 10, 2012
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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


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


  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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