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 have a classic yet healthy salsa ready in no time.

bowl of homemade salsa on colorful towel with tortilla chips
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! 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.

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.

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

First, let’s talk 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!

food processor with red onions

How to make this homemade salsa recipe:

The only tool required for this recipe is a food processor. Minimal prep work is required – just throw all the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Like chunky salsa? Pulse 5-7 times. Prefer smoother salsa? Pulse for 15-20 times. Not only is the consistency customizable, the flavors can be adjusted too. 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.

bowl of homemade salsa on white plate with tortilla chips on colorful striped towelPair with crunchy 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. Everyone needs a solid homemade salsa recipe in their arsenal and this one fits the bill. So easy to make yet so delicious, this recipe is sure to be a winner in your house!

hand dipping tortilla chip in bowl of homemade salsa
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Related: Jackfruit pulled pork tacos or vegan taco salad.

bowl of salsa on colorful napkin with tortilla chips

Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe

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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.
Course Snack
Cuisine Gluten Free, Healthy, Mexican, Plant Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword 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-oounce 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)
  • 1/4 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


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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