A dear friend of mine gave me this recipe years ago.  I tweaked it a bit to fit my preferences (like using fresh lime juice instead of lemon juice), and have since made it about a hundred times.  It is easy and quick to prepare.  This recipe uses mostly fresh ingredients giving it wonderful flavor.  The only exception is using canned diced tomatoes, which significantly speeds up the preparation of this homemade salsa without sacrificing taste.

This is one of my go-to recipes for potlucks, backyard parties, and gathering around the television to watch a big game.

If you like salsa, this will become one of your favorite recipes too!



  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (I prefer “fire-roasted”), undrained
  • 1 medium brown onion (I have found that white onions over-power the other flavors in this recipe)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and stem removed (leave in seeds if you like spicy salsa)
  • 1 large bunch fresh cilantro, thick stems removed
  • Fresh juice from 1 or 2 limes
  • Coarsely ground salt


Coarsely chop onion, garlic, and jalapeno into big chunks.  Place in a food processor or blender.  Pulse a few times if you like chunky salsa, or process until finely chopped if you prefer a smooth salsa.  (I prefer the later.)

Add tomatoes, cilantro, juice from one lime, and salt.  Blend to the consistency that you like.

Taste, and add more lime juice or salt as needed.

Let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving for best taste.  The flavor of the jalapeno and the garlic will get stronger as it sits, so do not go too heavy on those ingredients in your initial preparation.

This salsa stores well in the refrigerator for over a week.


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