Homemade Salsa

Homemade Salsa Recipe

I have a special place in my heart for chips & salsa.  Homemade salsa is always a favorite at summer barbeques and potlucks.  It was also a craving I had during my first pregnancy. I used to make my husband go to Chili’s and get their chips and salsa to-go almost every night.  Chips and salsa could be an entire meal.  Maybe it wasn’t the healthiest meal for a pregnant mom, but I loved it!

A good friend of mine brought this homemade salsa to a potluck.  Everyone was raving about it and he was kind enough to share the recipe.  It has become a favorite recipe for my family.  We have it all the time at family get-togethers and parties.

The best news?  This salsa recipe is easy!  This recipe also has a secret ingredient.  Can you spot it in the picture below?

Salsa Recipe Ingredients

  • Tomatoes – Whole peeled 28 oz (2 14 oz cans)
  • Onions – 1/2 to 1
  • Cilantro – Wash 1/2 of bunch, only use leaves
  • Jalapenos – one for mild, 2 for hot. blend with tomatoes (this is the secret ingredient)
  • Garlic Powder – 1 tsp. or use whole garlic
  • Oregano – Sprinkle all way around bowl (don’t use powder, use rough chopped leafy)
  • Cumin – 1 1/2 tsp.
  • Salt – 1 1/4 tsp add more if needed
  • Avocado – 1 whole (buy firm and dice/slice into very small pieces)

Homemade Salsa Instructions

This recipe is incredibly easy.  All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a blender and mix it up.

First, open the cans of tomatoes and drain excess juice.

Next, chop up the onion.  You don’t have to chop it up much because you’ll be throwing it in a blender.

Next, remove the leaves from the cilantro.  If you like cilantro, you can use the whole bunch instead of the 1/2 a bunch the recipe calls for.

Chop up the jalapeno.  If you want a hotter salsa, use a second jalapeno or keep the seeds.  My family likes a mild to medium salsa so I removed the seeds and only used one jalapeno.

Combine all the vegetables, except the avocado, into a blender.

Blend on low to medium speed until all ingredients are mixed up well, then pour into a bowl.

Add the spices then stir and mix into the vegetables.

Sprinkle oregano all around the bowl then stir to mix into the vegetables.

How to Cut an Avocado

This is how I cut avocados.  There are other ways to cut an avocado that work better for ripe avocados, but this is the method that worked for my avocado that wasn’t very ripe.

Cut the avocado in half.  You’ll have to cut around the pit.

Stick a knife into the pit and pull the pit out.

Use a spoon to separate the skin from the fruit.

Place flat side down on the cutting board.

Cut into small pieces.

Once you have your tiny avocado pieces, add to the salsa.

Mix it all together.  Put the salsa in the fridge and let sit for several hours so the spices can marinate in.

Yum!  This recipe makes a lot of salsa.  It was so good it didn’t last very long.  We didn’t have leftovers… 😉


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  1. says

    Hello! I just found your blog through a friend on Facebook but I’m so excited…such great ideas…and so cool that you are LDS! How come all of the cool blogger ladies are LDS?! So awesome! :) Happy Saturday!

  2. Debbie says

    Loved your website. The pix were really good and the recipes for nicely displayed for following instructions. Thank you for the recipe for your salsa, can’t wait to make it. Keep up the good work!

  3. Marisa Curtis says

    Hi! This looks amazing and I am planning on making it this weekend to test it out! I have a question about storing it though. How long will this salsa keep in the fridge? I know with avocados you kind of have to eat them right away before they start to brown.

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