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The World's Best Salsa Recipe

Updated on November 7, 2015
How hot?  That's up to you.
How hot? That's up to you.
Finely chop the cilantro
Finely chop the cilantro
Mix thoroughly
Mix thoroughly

Total time 20-30 mins

Prep time 20 mins

The recipe below is for those who like spicy foods. It is a quick and easy recipe that is great for a get together or party. It may not be the World's greatest salsa, but it is definitely my favorite.

Salsa is a great side dish, you can combine it with tacos, quesadillas, or Nachos. It also makes a great snack on its own.

If all of the ingredients are added, this salsa can pack quite a punch. However it can be tamed if you don't like the heat. What you will need:

  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, fine chopped
  • 1-2 cups of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 7-9 Jalapenos, diced (3-5 for medium salsa, and 2-3 for mild)
  • 2-3 Habaneros, diced (If you like the heat)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pinch of salt to taste

Pick the cilantro leaves from the stalk, then place the leaves in a separate bowl. The cilantro is crucial if you're adding all of the peppers.

Now you're ready to began. Start by emptying the crushed tomatoes into a large bowl. Chop and dice the jalapenos.. When dicing, you can add the seeds for extra kick. You may want to wear plastic gloves for this task. (When doing this, do not touch your eyes, nose or ears. I found this out the hard way).

If you are going all out, go ahead and dice up your habaneros. (You may want to grab some sour cream for a side dish, maniac!).

Next, chop and dice the onion. We use a rather large onion but everyone has their own preference. Add the diced onion to the Salsa.

You're almost there, finely chop the cilantro leaves and add to the salsa bowl. Combine with 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar and a pinch of salt. Stir the ingredients thoroughly and you're all set.

I'm not sure of the origin of this simple salsa. My wife made this one night when we first started dating and I knew our relationship was going somewhere. Combine this with her cookie recipe and I was a kept man. Enjoy.


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    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Let me know if you like it, it's my favorite for sure, thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Salsa is one of my favorite mealtime sauces. I have not had it with vinegar. I am trying this recipe this week. Thanks!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      It may not be the world's best, but it sure is my favorite duffsmom, hope you like it!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      This one sure looks good! I have a new food processor on the way and I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago from USA

      I see one new ingredient, apple cider vinegar! I have never used with it. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      You guys should definitely try this, you won't be disapointed! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will certainly try this, sounds great and has to beat anything canned.

      up/useful and interesting!

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome recipe, I will definitely give this a try!

      Voted Up!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This sounds delicious and very unique.Great how to pics make me want to try this salsa recipe. Voted up and shared!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for checking it out, if you guys like fresh salsa you will love it.

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      Paul Cronin 

      6 years ago from Winnipeg

      I love home made salsa, great recipe. I sure this must taste fantastic, nothing like using fresh ingredients. thanks for the info!

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Brilliant. Salsa is so easy to make that I think it is such a waste of time to buy it from the supermarket. I will try this recipe for sure next time I make Italian food. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have encouraged many others to try making salsa for themselves.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I would say it last 3 or 4 days in the fridge, then I don't think tastes as fresh. Yes please link it, Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      YUM! Will try this next time I make Mexican Food. Any idea on how long this can be kept refrigerated? Do you mind if I add a link to your hub from my Mile High Nachos hub?


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