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Savory Salsa Recipe

Updated on March 29, 2011
A bowl of fresh salsa, surrounded by some of the ingredients used to make it.
A bowl of fresh salsa, surrounded by some of the ingredients used to make it.

Salsa is a common Mexican and Central American side dish used with many of their main dishes.  Outside of the Latin countries, salsa usually refers to a tomato-based dip eaten with tortilla chips, though there are many different kinds of salsa.  

The word salsa means "sauce" in Spanish and in the countries of its origin can refer to a number of different sauces, including the dip eaten with chips (also called pico de gallo), salsa roja - a red sauce made of cooked tomatoes and used as a condiment, and guacamole.  

The use of salsa dates back to the time of Mayans who made a salsa similar to what we now call guacamole.  They made their salsa using a mortar-and-pestle, a method that still remains the traditional way of making salsa though the use of blenders and food processors is common today.


2 large ripe tomatoes

1/2 large yellow bell pepper

1/2 large orange bell pepper

1/4 red onion

1/2 med. cucumber

1 tsp. crushed red pepper

1 tsp. cilantro

1 tbsp. olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Place vegetables in a food processor to dice finely.  Transfer to a bowl and mix in oil and seasonings.  Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving with tortilla chips.

Tips:  Add a jalapeno pepper or 2 hot chiles for a hot version.


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      Cristina Vanthul 7 years ago from Florida

      I am, too, Minnetonka, but I don't like jarred salsa (yuck!). So, this recipe was born.

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm a salsa fanatic and am putting this recipe on the top of my list. I love your recipes. thanks so much! I think you and I are the recipe people on hub pages.