Are you sitting down? Because I’m sharing the best damn homemade salsa recipe, with you today! If you’re a salsa person and I know you are, you have got to give this delicious homemade salsa recipe a try. The bright, fresh dip is absolutely irresistible! It’s loaded with delicious, vibrant flavor and it comes together in less than 5 minutes.

homemade salsa in a white serving bowl with cilantro, tortilla chips and lemon slices to the side

This post was originally published on 6/15/2015. It was republished on 4/13/20 with new content.

Chips and salsa are a staple in the Lee household. Especially, for my husband it’s an everyday occurrence. There are a few store-bought brands he’ll eat, but nothing quite compares to the deliciousness of this homemade salsa recipe. It’s so easy to make and one of the most popular recipes on the blog, with great reason!

My husband loves salsa so much that every year he plants a full garden to support his salsa habit. Ha! He plants the onions, jalapeños, and, of course, the tomatoes. Garden tomatoes are simply the best and they really take this salsa to the next level.

There are tons of homemade salsa recipes, so why should you choose this one to make?

My husband has been perfecting this recipe for years and we’ve been told by everyone that tastes it, that it’s the best salsa they’ve ever tried! It’s also the ultimate condiment – it’s quick to whip up, healthy, and packed with flavor.

Salsa is so delicious on tacos, perfect on a piece of grilled chicken and I really love it on eggs! This homemade salsa recipe is a classic that never gets old. It’s fresh, tasty and a breeze to whip up. It also tastes WAY better than any pre-packaged salsa you’ll find at the grocery store.

What Ingredients Are In Homemade Salsa?

This recipe has all the classic salsa ingredients. Here’s everything you’ll need to make this salsa recipe at home:

  • tomatoes
  • jalapeños
  • onion
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • lime juice
  • cumin + salt

Garden tomatoes are the star of the show in this salsa, but if you’re not lucky enough to have a garden full of tomatoes, I suggest buying your tomatoes from a farmer’s market. You’ll be surprised what a difference in flavor it makes. If you’re looking for a roasted flavor, try my Best Damn Roasted Salsa Recipe and if you only have cherry tomatoes on hand, you’ll love this Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe.

We personally LOVE cilantro, but I know genetically some people think it tastes like soap. If you’re unlucky enough to not like cilantro, simply leave it out. This recipe will work just fine without it. I used red onions, here, but we’ve used white and yellow onions with great results.

chopped tomato, onion, and cilantro in a food processor

How Do You Make Homemade Salsa?

Making homemade salsa is super easy with the use of a blender or food processor. I always use a food processor, so that the ingredients are more evenly dispersed, but a blender will do the trick too. Pulse it just a few times, we want the onion, garlic, tomatoes and cilantro to get chopped up, but still be chunky. And you may need to pulse, stir and then pulse again, to get all ingredients evenly diced. Taste and then add more cumin, salt and lime juice as needed. Transfer to a mason jar with a lid or another airtight container and store in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy.

This recipe makes a large batch – plenty to fill tacos, top omelets, mix into salads and for chip dipping. Our go-to chip for pairing with this salsa is Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips. They have the perfect amount of salt and flavor. Even our picky kids love them! This is not sponsored, it’s just a favorite. We always grab a big bag at Costco, but they can also be found at most grocery stores.

blended salsa in the bowl of a food processor

Tips For The Best Salsa

Adding the ingredients to the food processor. I suggest adding the garlic, jalapeño and onion first. This ensures that they will all get chopped up evenly and the tomatoes won’t get too soupy.

Adjust to taste. The best thing about homemade salsa is that you can customize it and make it your own. The measurements are just a guide – add more or less of the specific ingredients as you prefer. Start with a small amount of salt and cumin and add more to your preferred taste. Leave out jalapeño seeds, if you’re sensitive to spice and add more jalapeño to add more kick to this recipe. Use lemon or lime. We usually use whichever we have on hand and love both. Start off with a small amount and add more later until the salsa has the flavor you’re going for.

Allow it to sit. Fresh salsa tastes best if you let it sit for at least 20 minutes and up to a day before you plan to serve it, so that the flavors can come together.

My tools. I’ve had this Cuisinart food processor (<–affiliate link) for years and even after many batches of nut butter grinding, it’s still going strong.

Salsa recipe for canning. This recipe works great for canning! Last summer, my husband canned a ton of jars of this salsa and we had fresh garden tomato salsa all through the fall. We bought this canning kit and these large glass jars from Amazon and he watched several YouTube videos for instructions. He kept the recipe the same other than the canning part. In the comments, below, you’ll see that readers have also had success with canning this homemade salsa recipe.

How Long Will Homemade Salsa Keep?

This homemade salsa will keep well for up to about 2 weeks. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Be sure to not let it to sit out too long (over an hour or so) at room temperature.

This homemade salsa can also be frozen for up to 4 months. Store it in a freezer-safe container and then wrap it with foil.

Is Homemade Salsa Healthy?

Homemade Salsa is a great choice for a healthy diet. It’s loaded with fresh veggies and is low in calories, fat free, low sodium and low carb. I often use fresh salsa as a low calorie substitute for dressing on a taco salad, or serve it as a topping for lean proteins.

salsa in a serving bowl with a silver spoon

This easy homemade salsa recipe makes a great dip for tortilla chips and is the perfect topping for tacos and burritos! It takes just minutes to make and tastes so much better than the store-bought kind.

Other Delicious Fresh Dips To Try:

Copycat Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

Best Homemade Guacamole {video}

Best Fire Roasted Salsa

Cowboy Caviar

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hand dipping salsa on a tortilla chip

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Best Damn Salsa Ever!

This homemade salsa recipe is absolutely irresistible! It's loaded with delicious, vibrant flavor and it comes together in less than 5 minutes. 


  • 4 small jalapeño peppers*, (leave the seeds in for an extra kick)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 6 tomatoes of varying sizes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt + more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice, (about 1/2 lemon, juiced)


  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. I like to add in the jalapeños, onion and garlic first and then the cilantro and tomatoes, so the tomatoes do not get too soupy. Pulse about 10 or so times and until all ingredients are combined and diced, but be sure to stop before the salsa becomes too soupy.
  • Taste the salsa and add more ingredients as desired. I would advise stirring in the extra ingredients, not pulsing in the food processor. The salsa will become too soupy, quickly.
  • Transfer to a bowl and enjoy!
  • I prefer to refrigerate salsa for 1 day prior to serving to allow the flavors to marry and meld. Salsa will keep for about 1 week in an airtight container or jar in the fridge; however, it's never lasted that long in this household.


*4 jalapeños may be too much for some. Consider adding fewer if you are sensitive to heat.
I STRONGLY suggest garden tomatoes or tomatoes from the farmer's market to really make this salsa the BEST! The Early Girl variety of tomatoes are our favorites. We also like the 1015Y Texas Super Sweet Onions.
Serving: 1cup, Calories: 50kcal, Carbohydrates: 10.4g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 0.3g, Sodium: 501.8mg, Potassium: 83.4mg, Fiber: 2.1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1370IU, Vitamin C: 67.8mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1.4mg

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