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4.88 from 8 votes

5-Minute Homemade Salsa

This really is the best, EASY Mexican-style salsa that tastes even better than what you'd enjoy at a restaurant. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive and it only takes 5 minutes to make!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6 Cups
Calories: 28kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 28 ounce can whole tomatoes , drained
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles (each can is 10 ounces), I use Rotel brand, undrained
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped, I use sweet onion but red would also work well
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 large lime)
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt , or more, to taste
  • pinch granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons canned jalapeƱo peppers OPTIONAL, for hotter salsa (or use fresh).


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times until no large chunks remain.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed, to taste.
  • For best flavor, refrigerate salsa for at least 1-2 hours before serving. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • This recipe makes a little less than 6 cups of salsa. I like to fill 3 pint jars and and share with friends and neighbors.


Recipe adapted from the Pioneer Woman


Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 781mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 13.8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.7mg