How to Make Salsa with Fresh Tomatoes
This bright salsa is made with fresh summer tomatoes. It’s quick and easy to make in the blender and perfect for snacking or taco night.
“Mama, do we have any guacamole?”
“No, I’m sorry, we don’t”
“Can we make some?”
“We don’t have any avocados right now.”
“Oh. Do we have any salsa?”
“Oh. Can we make some?”
“Yes! You’re right little lady, we do have the ingredients for salsa!”
That was a real conversation that my youngest daughter and I had a recently. It made me happy to see her come up with ways to make her snack. I love that she knew that salsa doesn’t just come from a tub at the grocery store, but from tomatoes, onions, and other ingredients we probably had at home.
We pulled an old salsa tub out of the recycling, checked the ingredients, and started making a recipe for our own homemade salsa. Making our salsa took about 5 minutes to whip up in the blender, and was just as tasty as the store bought version. My girl and I were both proud to have so easily made salsa ourselves and she got to work snacking on the salsa and chips. Since then, I’ve been making homemade salsa regularly. It’s just so easy.
While most salsa recipes use canned tomatoes, I wanted to share an easy recipe made with fresh tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes are one of my favorite summer ingredients, so I’m always looking for ways to use them. Especially as I seem to go a little overboard with growing tomatoes in the garden. I got so much positive feedback from my Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes recipe that it seems I’m not the only one interested in fresh tomato recipes.
I know many of us try our best to avoid canned tomatoes because of concerns that the acidity of tomatoes may draw toxic BPA from the can lining into the food. Second, many cans of tomatoes are heavily salted and may contain other additives. When tomatoes are abundant in the summer, we might as well use them!
I’ve used Roma tomatoes here, but have also had success using other garden varieties such as Early Girl tomatoes. Using fresh tomatoes gives homemade salsa a (shocker) fresher flavor than store bought salsa. Depending on the tomatoes you use, it may be a little sweeter than what you’re used to.
This is a mild, bright, and fresh tasting salsa recipe. If you would like more heat, add an extra jalapeño or a chipotle pepper. Chipotles will also add smoky richness.
Chips are the obvious choice for scooping up salsa, but that’s not all it’s good for! I love using salsa as an oil-free dressing for Mexican salads, to spice up burrito bowls, and of course for taco night. Get the recipe for these Sheet Pan Fajita Quinoa Bowls here! Salsa should last in the refrigerator all week, so you can add a scoop whenever you need a little extra flavor.
Once you’ve mastered this tomato salsa, be sure to try my new Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde recipe!
Fresh Tomato Salsa
An easy blender salsa made with fresh tomatoes. This salsa is perfect with chips or on tacos.
- 6 Roma or garden tomatoes, cut into quarters
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped
- 1/2 large yellow or red onion (not sweet), peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
- juice of 1 lemon or lime
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
- pinch of cumin (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until just chunky. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Refrigerate at least an hour to let the flavors meld. The salsa may be lighter red than store-bought salsa due to the air blended in and fresh tomatoes are usually lighter in color than canned. It may darken up as the air settles.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 13Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
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Could you tell me the weight in tomatoes for this recipe? Mine are large so I’m not sure how many to use in place of the six Roma tomatoes. Thank you.
Hi Amber, it’s about 1 pound. Enjoy!
Have you ever froze the salsa??
How long will salsa last in the fridge??
Thanks for the great tutorial! IT was delicious!!
Can this recipe be used for canning?
How can I thicken it up a little???
Strain some of the liquid off and reseason if needed.
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It’s pretty good once you finally get to the recipe.
So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Jerry! My daughter and I had so much fun creating it. Enjoy the long weekend.
Great recipe! Thank you for sharing it! I’m assuming that it freezes well?
Did u blanch and peel your tomatoes first or not
Nope! The is a fresh tomato salsa like pico de Gallo. Easy!
i seeded the tomatoes first, chopped by pulsing in cuisinart rather than blender. It was divine! I will never make salsa by hand again. Thank you for this wonderful summer recipe.
I like salsa, but buying it from the store is a gamble. I like this recipe and will go get the tomatoes out of the garden and I know it will be good. Thanks. I will let you know when it is done. I hope you will be a source of good Mexican recipes, Thanks Vicki
I love this recipe!! I make 2 batches, one spicy for the hubby and one not spicy for me. I also add black beans and corn to mine, I absolutely love it with those 2 extra ingredients. This the second time I have made this recipe!! Thank you
I love these ideas! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try adding black beans.
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Caps won’t stop : ) your salsa recipe is delicious. Just watching your other videos, I cannot wait to try more. Thank you!!
Thanks for the recipe. My awesome neighbor gave us a bunch of fresh tomatoes. I will use less onion next time.
I have sweet yellow and red peppers that I planted to use in the salsa. Love your recipe. Looking forward to using your other recipes. Thank you!
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This is delicious!!! As in – addictive delicious! I kept encountering recipes that called for canned tomatoes and was so glad to find this. I will be making it again and again for sure!
I love making my own salsa, and this one’s a great recipe. I used tomatoes from the garden. So easy too!
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I just made this -it is delicious!! Out
Of this world delicious!!
This looks perfect! THANKS
Ever tried this with Cherry tomato? I have bunch on hand and wondering if this a good way to use them up.
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Yum! I went to the store to get jalapeños and then forgot them! Ugh. But I improvised and used jarred jalapeños and some of The juices from the jar. It is very good and has just the right amount of spice! Thank you for such and easy recipe!
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I have made fresh salsa for years, but I usually hand chop everything. It takes a while, and I just didn’t have it in me today. i had a bunch of garden tomatoes that i needed to use up, so I decided to try this blender recipe. it took 5 minutes! Amazing!!! everyone agrees they like it as much as the salsa that takes me an hour. Thanks for the recipe!!
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Absolutely delicious! Added some sweet yellow peppers. Nothing like salsa made from fresh garden ingredients. I’ll try and pulse a bit less next time for chunkier salsa. Thank you! 🙂
can you freeze this recipe?
Just made this and it’s delicious!! Thank you for a great and easy recipe!! I had a bunch of tomatoes and made some tomato purée and have some bits and pieces from some that had some bruises and ugly spots, so that’s what I used to make the salsa. Perfect!!