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Salsa: How To Make Your Own Salsa

By Edited Nov 22, 2016 8 13

Why Make Your Own Salsa?

I have my own favorite brands of supermarket salsa, and I don't have a problem at all serving them. Served chilled and attractively garnished, most are of a quality that will please the eye and the palate. However, you really can't have bragging rights to something that came from a jar, can you? Making your own salsa is quick, easy, and delicious. You will yield considerably more salsa for about the same price as well!

Follow these easy steps to make your own salsa, entitling you to bragging rights and encore requests!

Things You Will Need

Fresh Ingredients

Photo by Jackie D. Kimball 2010

Assemble the following ingredients:

2 medium thin slices of lime,peeling removed.( about one tablespoon of lime)

2 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup of chopped bell pepper

1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil

6 slices of pickled jalepeno slices (2 or 3 more for a hotter salsa)

1/3 cup of pickled banana pepper slices

1/2 cup of chopped celery

3 tablespoons of chopped vidalia or white onion

1 small can of tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups of diced tomatoes fresh or canned

4 teaspoons of dried cilantro

1 clove of fresh garlic or 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder

pinch of salt to taste


In a food processor combine all the ingredients except the tomato sauce. Pulse the processor briefly for chunky salsa, and a bit more for a smoother salsa. Remove the lid and stir in the tomato sauce.(You may substitute 1/2 cup of crushed tomatoes.)

Chill for at least three hours for a better taste. Serve in an attractively garnished dish with plenty of warm tortillia chips.

Suggested garnishes: Sour cream, sliced celery, fresh cilantro,and avocado.

You'll see that after assembling these delicious ingredients, a few quick pulses of your processor ,and you're done! Leftover salsa works well on salads, in tacos and burrito, and on top of refried beans. This keeps well for a week in the refrigerator, and tastes even better the next day.

Tips & Warnings

If you want hotter salsa, add only slice of jalepeno at a time. The flavor will intensify over time.


Aug 11, 2010 10:37am
Your salsa recipe sounds yummy! I make it too and haven't used the cider vinegar - maybe I should try adding it. Nice job on your first article here, still working on mine:)
Aug 12, 2010 10:57pm
Thank you! I am making it by request for a weekend event, and will put back a little for mysef!(And thanks for friending me on my page!)
Aug 14, 2010 5:54pm
Hey, bayoulady, I am glad you are here and yes I have added you to my friends. Great information regarding making ones own salsa....I really need to try this.
Aug 15, 2010 2:08pm
Hi lindylou, thanks for friending and commenting. I am a newbie here, and I really like it, especially since I've found some of my hubpages friends are here! I really like my salsa recipe on hubpages better,though. :&gt)Jackie
Sep 21, 2010 3:52am
Welcome to infobarrel, you will like it here as very friendly too. This sounds like a delicious recipe. thanks
Sep 21, 2010 1:34pm
eileen,thanks !I appreciate your welcome.
Sep 24, 2010 4:30pm
Welcome bayoulady! We used to live in Texas, and I loved everyone's homemade salsa recipes. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. You're going to like it at Infobarrel!
Sep 24, 2010 5:59pm
Hi deborah, I just a few hours ago found you and sent a friend request. You are fast! Thanks for reading! I just betcha Texan has some humdinger salsa recipes!
Sep 24, 2010 7:00pm
Fabulous fresh salsa recipe. Fresh homemade salsa is so much better than the store bought kind. Thanks for sharing. I like fresh homemade salsa on my over-light eggs for breakfast.If I don't have tortillas, a toasted English muffin will do. Just need something to sop up the goodness of it all.
Sep 25, 2010 2:11am
Lynsuz ,thanks for reading and commenting! If you have any triscuits in the house they will do with salsa in a pinch. I microwave them to get them hot and dip them in the salsa. I just might try salsa with eggs.
Sep 25, 2010 10:33pm
Nice salsa recipe, I think a home made salsa definitely have more oompf over one from the supermarket!
Sep 25, 2010 10:44pm
csjun89-thanks for commenting, and you betcha it's so much better than supermarket smush....
Aug 11, 2012 6:31pm
This look like a great recipe to try! We have made salsa before and my kids loved it!
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