Jalapeno Salsa comes together in just 5 minutes in the food processor and tastes so much better and more fresh than anything you'd buy in a jar.
Salsa is the quinessential Mexican condiment. Chips and salsa are served in Mexican restaurants before the meal and additional salsa is often served as a topping for the entrees. When salsa is made fresh it has so much more flavor than the jarred stuff. In this recipe, I've used canned tomatoes to eliminate extra washing and chopping and keep things easy and streamlined.
Here's what you need to make Jalapeno Salsa:
- red onion
- canned diced tomatoes with chiles
- canned whole tomatoes
See recipe card for quantities.
Here's how to make Jalapeno Salsa:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until everything is finely chopped and well mixed.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.
Hint: I leave the seeds in the jalapeno because I like some heat in my salsa. If you want the flavor of the jalapeno without the heat you can remove the seeds prior to adding the jalapeno to the food processor. If removing the seeds, either wear rubber gloves or be sure to wash your hands well and not touch your face the rest of the day so you don't get oils from the jalapeno in your eyes.
Want to substitute an ingredient in this salsa? Here's how:
- Canned tomatoes - use fresh roma tomatoes in place of the canned tomatoes.
- Sugar - use an equal amount of an alternative sweetener of your choice in place of the sugar such as honey or coconut sugar.
Try one of these variations of Jalapeno Salsa:
- Extra spicy - use 2 jalapenos instead of 1 to give the salsa a good kick.
- Mild - eliminate the jalapeno for a mild salsa.
This equipment comes in handy for making Salsa:
Store this salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. Alternatively, you can can your salsa to give it a shelf life.
That depends on your taste! I leave the seeds in because I like some heat in my salsa. If you want the flavor of the jalapeno without the heat you can remove the seeds prior to adding the jalapeno to the food processor.
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Serve Jalapeno Salsa with one of these Mexican dishes:
- Prep the ingredients. Remove the peel from the onion and cut it into large chunks. Cut the end with the stem off of the jalapeno. Juice the lime. Wash the cilantro.
- Place the drained canned whole tomatoes, drained tomatoes with chiles, onion, jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse until everything is finely chopped and well mixed.
- Serve immediately with chips or vegetables for dipping or refrigerate until serving.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods