Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe

Have 10 minutes to spare? Use that time wisely and make some salsa! This homemade salsa recipe is so easy to make but is beyond delicious. Simply toss all ingredients in a food processor and you’ll have a classic yet healthy salsa ready in no time.

closeup of bowl of homemade salsa

Salsa is one of those dips that’s so accessible to buy store bought, yet it’s really easy to make and taste lightyears better this way! Everyone needs a solid homemade salsa recipe in their arsenal and this one fits the bill. It’s quick and simple to make yet so delicious, this recipe is sure to be a winner in your house!

Best of all: Tomatoes do not have to be in season for this recipe because we are using what I believe is the “secret ingredient” to this homemade salsa recipe – stewed tomatoes! Canned tomatoes are great for recipes like salsa because you can make this recipe whether tomatoes are in season or not. Tomatoes are picked during peak season to can so you know they are perfectly ripened.

Just combine tomatoes and a handful of other wholesome ingredients in a food processor to make a batch of fresh-tasting, wonderfully delicious homemade salsa in mere minutes!

red onion, canned tomatoes, lime, salt, cilantro, and green chilis on marble background

What Ingredients You Need for this Homemade Salsa Recipe

  • Canned stewed tomatoes – BPA-free!
  • Canned green chilis – your choice of mild or spicy
  • Red onion – for great zesty taste and crunch
  • Cilantro – adds a burst of fresh flavor
  • Lime juice – brings the ingredients together with a bit of acidity
  • Salt – to taste

Variations: Omit salt if watching your sodium intake, or add jalapeno for a spicy kick! The benefit of making food from scratch is you can create a dish that’s tailored to you.

salsa ingredients in food processor

How to make the best homemade salsa recipe

The only tool required for this recipe is a food processor. Then the steps to prepare this 10 minute no-cook condiment are as easy as 1-2-3! Simply…

  1. Wash and chop the cilantro, peel and chop the onions.
  2. Add all ingredients to the food processor, and pulse a few times to reach desired consistency.
  3. Taste, and add more salt if needed. Serve right away, or chill in the fridge until ready to enjoy.

Like chunky salsa? Pulse 5-7 times. Prefer a smoother salsa? Pulse for 15-20 times.

salsa in food processor

A note about BPA…

When buying canned tomatoes, make sure to look for brands that use BPA-free cans. BPA is a harmful toxin that can seep into your food and when digested, can have harmful effects on your health (eeek!) This is my favorite brand of canned tomatoes because they are organic tomatoes, the cans are BPA-free, and they always taste great!

Are stewed tomatoes and diced tomatoes the same?

No! Diced tomatoes are fresh tomatoes diced and canned with their juices. Stewed tomatoes are cooked and then canned. They can sometimes contain sugar or added seasonings, but you can find them without any additives. I think stewed tomatoes give this salsa recipe some extra omf because the tomatoes are slightly sweeter.

Note: Canned stewed tomatoes are found with all the other canned tomato varieties but if however, you cannot find them, diced tomatoes can be substituted just fine.

overhead view of salsa in bowl on a plate with tortilla chips

What to Serve with Homemade Salsa?

Pair fresh, zesty salsa with tortilla chips for the ultimate snack. This recipe is the perfect addition to Mexican dinners or great as an appetizer when entertaining guests. I don’t know about you, but taco night at my house REQUIRES chips and salsa.

Use salsa as a topping for tasty burritos and tacos! Try these vegan jackfruit pulled pork tacos, and bring a bit of zing to your morning by adding salsa onto tofu scramble tacos. Or enjoy as a low carb condiment for this delicious and healthier vegan taco salad recipe.

How Long will Salsa Made From Scratch Keep Well?

Homemade salsa will stay good for up to a week in the refrigerator. Keep in a sealed container for the freshest taste.

hand holding chip with salsa over bowl

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closeup of bowl of homemade salsa

Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe

This classic healthy salsa recipe is so delicious and super simple to make. Canned tomatoes, green chilis, and cilantro are just a few ingredients that make this tasty Mexican dip.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Healthy, Mexican, Plant Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: canned tomato salsa, easy homemade salsa, healthy salsa, homemade salsa recipe, salsa food processor
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Amanda


  • 2 14-ounce cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 4.2-ounce can green chilis
  • 1 small red onion coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 small bunch cilantro chopped (about 1/4 cup packed)
  • 1 lime juiced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Wash cilantro and remove stems. Coarsely chop and place in food processor
  • Add chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilis, and lime juice
  • Pulse 5-7 times. If desired, pulse more until desired consistency is reached
  • Add salt and mix. Adjust if necessary
  • Pour in bowl and serve with tortilla chips



Homemade salsa will keep well for up to one week in the fridge. Store in an airtight container.


Serving: 14cup | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.6g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 1.4g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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16 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I love salsa with just about anything – chicken, beef, it’s just delicious as a dip šŸ™‚ Thank for a delicious and easy recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Salsa should seriously be a separate food group… I love it so much! and this is one of the easiest kinds to make too! I love using the canned fire-roasted tomatoes…. extra YUM!


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