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Authentic Homemade Mexican Salsa

Updated on June 18, 2012

This simple salsa recipe will show you how to make salsa with yellow peppers using an authentic Mexican salsa recipe. A full cooking video and written instructions are included along with a complete picture gallery.

A homemade salsa recipe with an authentic Mexican taste!
A homemade salsa recipe with an authentic Mexican taste!
4 stars from 3 ratings of Homemade Mexican Salsa

Cook Times:

Prep Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Cook Time: None!
Total Time: 20 to 30 minutes

Introduction

The picture I see in my mind is of my father, crouching down by the fire. Surrounding him is the smell of the smoke from the campfire and the rich smell of steaks as they sizzle on the grill. The air smells fresh and cool from the water of the lake. The air is scented with pine from the pine trees that surround us. Lake Roberts. My dad has taken my sister and I on the annual pilgrimage…the family camping trip that happens every summer. Every summer anywhere from 12 to 40 of my closest Mexican relatives make the trek across New Mexico from El Paso, Texas, where my father was raised, to lake where we would hike, fish, play poker and, most importantly, eat.

We all had many responsibilities while we were there, but my father was always the cook. Being his firstborn, I quite naturally became his personal sous chef. We made this salsa recipe throughout the year, but, whenever I make it now, it reminds me of these childhood trips with my father because it was the gold standard accompaniment to my father’s wonderful campfire-grilled cooking.

A simple recipe that requires no cooking and is easily customizable to your taste and temperature preferences, this recipe makes a perfect compliment to all kinds of meals.

Welcome.

Let’s get cooking!

Ingredients for fresh homemade salsa.
Ingredients for fresh homemade salsa.

Ingredients

NOTE: All measurements listed are approximate. Neither my grandmother, my father nor myself have ever used exact measurements, though I have gone to the trouble of figuring them out here for the purposes of giving this recipe to you. As always, adjust it for your taste preferences!

  • 6 to 8 Yellow Wax Peppers (depending on your temperature preferences—6 is fairly mild, 8 is fairly spicy)
  • 2 Bunches of Green Onions (around 1 cup chopped)
  • 6 Large Roma Tomatoes (around 2 ½ to 3 cups chopped)
  • 4 Medium Cloves Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp. Oregano Leaves
  • ½ tsp. Pepper (more if you like it spicier)
  • Water

Dicing the yellow peppers for this authentic Mexican salsa.
Dicing the yellow peppers for this authentic Mexican salsa.
Dicing tomatoes for a fresh tomato salsa.
Dicing tomatoes for a fresh tomato salsa.
Chopping onions for yellow pepper salsa.
Chopping onions for yellow pepper salsa.
Mincing garlic for this fresh salsa recipe.
Mincing garlic for this fresh salsa recipe.
Easy salsa recipe, finished in twenty-five minutes!
Easy salsa recipe, finished in twenty-five minutes!

Cooking Instructions

  1. Dice 6 to 8 yellow wax peppers into very small pieces: Dicing all of the vegetables small helps the salsa to have an even flavor and temperature. NOTE: Be very careful when working with these peppers with your bare hands; your hands will be fine, but don’t touch your eyes! For a funny personal story to emphasize the importance of this, click here: Warning—Yellow Peppers are Hot!
  2. Dice 6 large roma tomatoes into very small pieces: Once again, dicing small helps to even out flavor. It’s also important to know that the tomatoes are primarily responsible for dampening the temperature of the peppers. If you end up with a salsa that’s too hot for your tastes, add a few more tomatoes—it will bring down the temperature.
  3. Dice 2 bunches of green onions into small pieces: This work is most easily accomplished with a large chopping knife. However, be careful. Most of the finger cuts I’ve received while cooking come from chopping green onions!
  4. Mince 4 medium cloves of garlic: The smaller these can be cut the better. You can also use jarred, or even dried, garlic to save time. Of course, fresh is always the best for flavor.
  5. Drop all of the vegetables in a bowl and mix them up, adding about a ½ cup of water: A little water added to the salsa helps to blend the flavors of the spices and vegetables. Be careful not to add too much since, while it won’t affect the flavor too much, it will result in a watery salsa.
  6. Add the spices and mix it all up: As mentioned earlier, I’ve never actually measured the spices before the creation of this recipe. I just took the shakers and spiced it up. Since you will be starting with this recipe, I think the best approach would be to start with the measurements suggested here, but then immediately alter them to cater to your own taste preferences.
  7. Ideally, refrigerate it overnight, though it can be served immediately: Overnight refrigeration gives all of the spices time to absorb into the vegetables, creating a somewhat deeper richness to the flavor. Still, there’s no harm at all in serving it right away—I usually can’t resist at least a few chips full!

Hijole!  Watch out for those yellow peppers!
Hijole! Watch out for those yellow peppers!

A Comical Warning!

Once, when I was preparing this salsa at camp, I suddenly found myself needing to use the restroom. In the woods, of course, the restroom is just a few trees away. Having gone and returned, I suddenly found myself rather uncomfortable—while it will not bother your hands, yellow peppers cause intense burning on sensitive areas of the skin… While the burning likely only lasted fifteen to twenty minutes, my memory places the experience at more like several hours.

Moral: Thoroughly wash your hands after working with yellow peppers—and be careful!

Fresh yellow pepper salsa on nachos...YUM!
Fresh yellow pepper salsa on nachos...YUM!

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Creative Uses

Because this salsa is eaten uncooked, the flavor is very fresh, making it ideal for adding to foods that can take advantage of this:

Chip Dip: My very favorite way to eat this salsa is on tortilla chips. This allows the flavor to resound without any influence from other flavors mixed in. Served as salsa and chips, this continues to be among the favorites of family and friends for parties, dinner appetizers and potlucks.

Nachos: Used instead of traditional jarred or canned salsa, this recipe adds a wonderful fresh zing to the other traditional nacho toppings. Try it for a great variation on this well-loved meal.

Tacos: This salsa retains its unique flavor when added to the top of tacos instead of other canned or jarred salsas, making a wonderful fresh addition.

Fajitas: My family is not very fond of bell peppers and onions, so fajitas are generally out. With this in mind, I tried preparing the chicken mixed up with this yellow pepper salsa instead, and the results were marvelous. I’m back to eating fajitas again—at least, the ones that come from my own kitchen, anyway.

Steak Garnish: I love a grilled steak, and they were a staple for our last big meal at camp. A finely grilled steak with a bit of this on the top is heaven indeed.

Other Authentic Mexican Recipes by wayseeker

Coming Soon:

  • Authentic Mexican Pasta
  • Authentic Mexican Tacos
  • Mexican Spiced Ground Beef
  • Guacamole
  • Albondigas (Meatball Soup)
  • Green Beans & Meat

Complete "How-to" Video for Yellow Pepper Salsa

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Purple Perl,

      Thanks for taking the time to look it over. I really enjoyed putting it together, and it is among my favorite personal recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

      Happy Hubbing!

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      This is one recipe hub that is so neatly presented. The step by step instructions with excellent video & pics makes this one to be bookmarked and voted up & useful.Congrats too on the win!

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks so much for the feedback. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Love this hub- The information is great, and the layout is awesome! Thank you,thank you.

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Sounds great! I'll have to give it a try. I'm glad that you enjoyed the recipe.

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      I found the bread pizza recipe in a TV show and tried it at home. Its just simple. Just mix the finely cut onion and green, red bell peppers along with oregano leaves, salt and pepper powder(optional). Coat a piece of bread with olive oil, and pizza sauce. Spread the onion, bell pepper mixture above the sauce. Then put little mozarella cheese. Bake it in the oven at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. It tastes like a mini pizza!! Sorry I'm not good at explaining a recipe like you. Yours was really great!

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks sankari. If you already know you like the ingredients, I think it'll definitely be a winner. Hmmm...that pizza souns interesting. Where did you find that recipe?

      Best,

      wayseeker

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Recently, tried a new dish, bread pizza and it was a hit in my family! Its the same ingredients I have to use for your dish. Let me try it as the way you have described. The first photo itself makes the dish look very delicious. Nice description! voted up and useful! Congrats on the win!

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for stopping in to visit. I'm pleased that the work brings value to folks.

      Happy Hubbing,

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      Linda Liebrand 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Congrats on the win - very well deserved! :o)

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      What a kind reply! So exciting to think this little recipe from New Mexico has made it out to the UK. I hope the online ones work well. I look forward to seeing more of your work, as well.

      Thanks again for stopping in and taking some time to read,

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      Keri Summers 5 years ago from West of England

      Mmmmm. I wasn't sure when I read this if we can get yellow peppers here in the UK (just the bell variety), but I have found some in jars at our online supermarket. I guess it wouldn't be like having them fresh. I know my husband would love this (me too). I voted for Nacho's but am curious to try it on steak too. Great Hub, thank you. I loved the personal touch you added with a little cultural family history.

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Marntzu,

      Scratch that. Just stopped by your profile and found your hub on it. I'll check it out and try some--thanks!

      wayseeker

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Let me know what you think, and if you ever happen to put up one of your recipes. I'm always curious to try different kinds as they all taste so very different.

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      Marntzu 5 years ago

      I love salsa, make my own regularly. Ill be trying this one out soon.

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks Marntzu! Enjoy it if you get the chance.

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      Marntzu 5 years ago

      voted up

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      I guess it's time to make some salsa! I'm happy to find that this Hub is providing some value for folks, and it was great fun putting it all together. The recipe is among my favorites. I hope you enjoy it.

      wayseeker

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This Hub rocks my world! I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I've never made salsa before. You've made it seem quite doable- not to mention fun. LOVE the step-by-step photos and awesome video. Thanks for the recipe and how-to! I can't wait to give this a go!

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Awesome. It certainly wouldn't bother me, and thanks again for posting it!

      wayseeker

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      MarkRFox 5 years ago

      I think this question has produced two or three potential chances at the contest's top prize...keep your fingers crossed!

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks so much for the positive feedback, vespawoolf. I'm pleased that people seem to be finding it valuable. Nice to see you again.

      Happy hubbing!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is an awesome hub, with great visual layout and video. Should be a HubNuggets winner of Hub of the Day! Voted up and Awesome.

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Wow, thanks for the up vote and the positive feedback! I personally like to eat it with 8 peppers instead of 6--kicks the heat up a few solid notches. Still, I know many who like it hotter than me. Should you get the chance to try it, I hope you enjoy!

      Happy hubbing!

      wayseeker

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Well written and explained. Love all the pictures and your comical warning. I can eat hot salsa any time. Hotter the better for me. Useful, bookmarked and shared. Oh,voted up too!

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks so much for stopping in, Cosmic Bus!

      Happy hubbing!

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      Cosmic Bus 5 years ago from Maryland

      Great job! Voted up.

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks so much, MarkRFox. And thanks for asking the question! Let me know what you think if you give the recipe a try.

      Happy hubbing!

      wayseeker

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      MarkRFox 5 years ago

      Nice..good and useful information..especially for me..I love Mexican food!