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The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

Updated on July 29, 2014

My Best Homemade Salsa Recipe- Is Your homemade salsa too watery?

Here is my best homemade salsa recipe that I've developed over many years of experimenting. Most of the store bought salsas don't have good flavor or are too watery and the salsa juice runs off the chip dripping all over. A coarse and thick consistency that is just right for dipping with chips and not dripping was what I was after and of course a great flavor as well. I use an average blender for the processing and an 8 quart pot for cooking the salsa in.

Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

* 4 Cans 14 oz. stewed or diced tomatoes

* 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

* 1 yellow onion chopped

* 2 jars marinated veggies

* 2 tsps. lemon juice

* 2 cans chili peppers

* Combine and slowly blend being careful not to overblend

* It's best to combine 1 can tomatoes with one portion of the other ingredients at a time. Heat on medium low heat almost to a boil then remove from heat and allow to cool. Put cooled salsa in glass jars and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks./p">

Use fresh Cilanto in homemade salsa - Fresh Cilantro gives salsa a great flavor.

First chop cilantro before blending. Otherwise the stems will tangle around the blades causing a problem.

Cilantro also has many health benefits and has been used since the ancient Romans and Greeks.

Save the extra Cilanto

Any extra cilantro can be saved in a ziplock bag and kept in the freezer for next time. I've saved extra cilantro in the freezer many times and it always seems to be when used in the salsa just as good as when it was fresh.

Chilies and Tomatoes for homemade salsa - Mild or Hot?

Use 2 cans of mild chilies for mild or use jalepanos for hot and spicy salsa. Tomatoes must be stewed, whole or diced, look for flavored ones like Mexican.

Good options for store bought salsa - Sometimes I buy salsa just for a change of pace.

Newman's own and Arriba Salsa's are what I choose when I do fell like buying salsa.

Newman's Own Medium Salsa, 16 Ounce
Newman's Own Medium Salsa, 16 Ounce

Mango, pineapple, peach and many more flavors to choose from.


Have you Tried Fire Roasted Flavor in homemade salsa? - Fire Roasted tomatoes and chiles give salsa a chipotle flavor

Try using fire roasted tomatoes and chiles.

My Homemade Salsa is too runny- Try this

Marinated Vegetables give the coarse texture

The Marinated Vegetables are what gives my salsa the coarse texture that stands up on the chip. these are usually near the pickles and some stores may not have. I look for the "Hot Mix" but availability varies. They usually have cauliflower, carrots, pickles and peppers.

Be sure to drain all the liquid out of the marinated vegetables before adding to the blender. Some mixes have jalapenos which will need the stems removed first.

If you ever had problems with homemade salsa being too runny, this was my favorite solution.

Stir and heat the Salsa - Slowly bring the Salsa to almost a boil then remove heat.

Homemade Salsa Recipe Poll - For salsa lovers

Do you make your own homemade salsa?

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Do you make your own salsa? - What is your favorite type of salsa?

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      archetekt lm 4 years ago

      @MaryRoseFitz: Hi Mary, thanks for the kind words. Sometimes I buy Trader Joe's and

      Newmans salsa as they have some flavors that I like but don't feel like

      trying to make something like that.

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      MaryRoseFitz 4 years ago

      It will be interesting to make your salsa and compare it to the bought ones I have tried. Excellent tips on making the perfect salsa. Thanks

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      archetekt lm 4 years ago

      @tonyaalves3: You're welcome tony, and I'm glad that you like it, I make a big batch every week or 2. With refried beans it makes a great bean dip.

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your simple salsa recipe.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Thanks, I love this recipe, I'm going to pin and try it out Thanks again

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      archetekt lm 4 years ago

      @LoriBeninger: yes! another salsa lover, I've been using the fire roasted tomatoes and loving that.

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Okay, my mouth was watering just reading this lens. I'm off to the store for some cilantro and everything else you've recommended. Thank you.

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      archetekt lm 4 years ago

      @smine27: Yes, it's easy, I'm glad you are going to try to make salsa.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love salsa and your lens has motivated me to try to make one myself. Thanks!

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      bjj james 5 years ago

      it needs to be spicy and green

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Your recipe looks delicious! In the summer, we make fresh salsa using the tomatoes and chili peppers that we grow in the garden.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I do. This looks yummy! :)

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts


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      kevkev227 lm 5 years ago

      I love salsa, especially in the summer. I like all different kinds, roasted, raw, green, red...As long as it is full of flavor and spice, not too chunky and not too watery :)

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      stillrunnin88 5 years ago

      yes I make homemade salsa but with ingredients from my garden.

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      TheKitchenPress 5 years ago

      Yummy !

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      I'm always looking for a new salsa recipe to try--thanks! Tomatillos and roasted green chilis are two of my favorite things to add, and I agree that the fresh cilantro is essential!

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      archetekt lm 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by, I just added the fire roasted tomatoes image as I've been making this salsa with those lately, it's really good!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sounds great! Good tips and pictures, too. Nice!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I concur.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      That looks disgusting!!!! Not my idea of a great looking salsa!

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      Sounds good and yummy! My teen boys love salsa to dip their chips in. Looks like you have many lenses I'll wanna check out!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've been looking for a good recipe and this one sounds awesome!