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Mexican Salsa Recipe

Mexican Salsa Recipe

In the summertime, I love to make this zippy salsa with fresh tomatoes from my garden instead of the canned. I even have a special pan for roasting the peppers. —Roger Stenman, Batavia, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. YIELD:14 servings


  • 3 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 14-1/2 ounces) whole tomatoes, drained
  • 4 fresh cilantro sprigs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Tortilla chips


  • 1. Heat a small ungreased cast-iron skillet over high heat. With a small sharp knife, pierce jalapenos; add to hot skillet. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until peppers are blistered and blackened, turning occasionally.
  • 2. Immediately place jalapenos in a small bowl; cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Peel off and discard charred skins. Remove stems and seeds.
  • 3. Place onion and garlic in a food processor; cover and pulse four times. Add the tomatoes, cilantro, salt and jalapenos. Cover and process until desired consistency. Chill until serving. Serve with chips. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 23 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 259988
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2017

"This was good but very mild. Next time I'm going to add extra jalapenos, garlic and cilantro."

mumsthewordz User ID: 7846396 252383
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2016

"awesome recipe: I used 1 large can diced tomatoes drained, and 2 cans fire roasted tomatoes-only 1 drained. added 1/4 tsp cumin and 1 TBLSP fresh squeezed lime. did not do the peppers in a pan. I just pulsed them with the rest of the other ingredients. absolutely loved it. just want to know how well this recipe does when canning in a hot water bath. thank you soooooo much."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 231871
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2015

"I just made this recipe and it is delicious. I used about 1/2 cup sliced jarred jalapenos for nachos instead of roasting the jalapenos and also used a can of fire roasted stewed tomatoes because it used less sugar. I used a regular 28 oz. can of tomatoes also. This is a winner. Tastes just like the salsa you get in restaurants. We loved it. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home."

[email protected] User ID: 3385193 106606
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"I made this today, but I added 5 jalapenos, cumin,2 garlic cloves,no salt. Thank You for the good recipe sir. Siegie in Tucson."

lubbylou55 User ID: 5184251 186654
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"This is how ive been making mine for years, i use rotel instead, depends on whose all going to be eating some i use medium or hot"

mglowney User ID: 4641754 145012
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"loved it! I used (2) cans of Petite Diced tomatoes w/jalapenos"

bobomac User ID: 3229069 183304
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"i also chop some dill pickle in it -

also i use fresh very ripe tomatoes from my garden"

gmh1944 User ID: 2753846 117741
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"I add 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice to the recipe. Makes a difference."

janetlsw User ID: 4744921 184834
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"I used the same recipe but added some lime for a little zing."

RaOwBe User ID: 705805 186653
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"If you like salsa - this is a must make!"

sylvia_moss User ID: 4270982 211032
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"This salsa is very good. It does taste like something served in a restaurant! I will be making this again."

hillaryskitchen User ID: 4442391 167657
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"I cheated and bought my jalapeno's in a jar and skipped the roasting of them, but when I was done and tasted it and was very satisfied! it was so quick and easy to make, and it was comparable to the mexican restaurant style served around here."

rsfrain User ID: 259316 101081
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"Very good! Even tried canning some to see how it turns out. Much like what is served in the mexican restaurants here."

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