Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa

This fresh, vibrant easy salsa is loaded with delicious South of the Border flavor and comes together in less than 10 minutes.

This might sound sort of silly, but sometimes I eat big bowlfuls of this delicious, easy salsa for lunch, as if it were soup. Oh, and don’t tell anyone, but sometimes, when no one’s looking, I even have a bowl for breakfast.

Vertical image of Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa and tortilla chips with text.

Why would I do something crazy like that, it’s salsa, for heaven sakes! Yes, it is salsa, but it’s so full of bright, fresh flavor that I find it quite irresistible when I open the fridge spot a jar of this vibrant red, cilantro-flecked, crazy-good stuff. In my defense, it’s like a really great gazpacho. And the recipe makes a huge batch, so’s there’s plenty for chip dipping, topping baked potatoes, filling omelets, serving over tacos and other Mexican entrees, garnishing soups, etc.

Overhead vertical image of Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa in a jar.

Besides being addictively delicious, this easy salsa is low in fat and high in fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants. Theres lots of lycopene-rich canned tomatoes, roasted red pepper, red onion, scallions and green chilies. A squeeze of fresh lime juice and a generous handful of cilantro complete the simple cast of characters.

Vertical image of Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa in a bowl with a jar of salsa in the background.

Wanna know the best part? This easy salsa comes together in less than ten minutes from start to finish. It calls for canned tomatoes and green chilies along with jarred, roasted red peppers. Throw everything in the bowl of your food processor (this one is AMAZING), give it a few pulses and voila, it’s ready for chips, or anything else you’d like to use it on!


Vertical image of a hand with a tortilla chip taking a scoop of Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa

Throw these basic ingredients in your shopping cart next time you’re at the market. Be sure to get plenty though, because once you serve this simple, easy salsa, I promise you’ll be getting requests for it again and again. And if it disappears way faster than it should, you just might have a silly little “refrigerator-raider” who’s eating it as soup!

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Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa

Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa - Loaded with delicious South of the Border flavor, this fresh, vibrant salsa comes together in less than 10 minutes.

5 from 11 reviews

Loaded with delicious vibrant flavor, this easy salsa comes together in less than 10 minutes. It’s perfect to serve with chips, tacos or with other Mexican entrees, as a baked potato or omelet topping, soup garnish, etc.

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 2 14 ounce cans fire-roasted canned tomatoes
  • ½ cup roasted red pepper (jarred), packed
  • 1 4-ounce can green chiles (these are not spicy, just add great flavor)
  • ½ small red onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro (leaves and stems), packed
  • 6 medium green (spring) onions, cut in two inch pieces
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1-2 small jalapeño, seeded (if you like a spicier flavor, leaves the seeds in)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Drain the tomatoes, reserving the juice.
  2. Combine all ingredients except reserved tomato juice in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse on and off until all ingredients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency. We like it a bit chunky, but if you like a smoother salsa, just keep pulsing. If you like a thinner salsa, add a small amount of the reserved tomato juice and pulse one more time.
  3. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve with chips, tacos or other Mexican entrees, as a baked potato or omelet topping, soup garnish, etc.















This fresh, vibrant Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa is loaded with delicious South of the Border flavor and comes together in less than 10 minutes.

48 thoughts on “Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa”

  • This is the best salsa ever . I too made a few adjustments. First I throw the juice and all in the food processor, we like a thinner salsa . I add one canned adobo pepper ( freeze the rest for the next batch). I always have to make a double sometimes triple batch because one is never enough . My future son-in-law was born and raised in Texas and he says this is the best salsa he’s ever had I have to make it for every family get together . Even Christmas and Thanksgiving . I am always requested to make this for work . People go crazy over the salsa . I always tell them thanks but I can’t take the credit for it then I send them the link to your website . The reason the salsa is so good is because it is not canned it’s fresh. Thanks so much.

  • i loved this recipe i changed the Heat level , Took minutes … I tossed in 3 ripe tomatoes in quarters. Salt . i made full Blender Container . Single Here and want to Share it here in Iowa

  • I made this yesterday and it was so awesome and simple to make that today I stocked up on the canned ingredients so I can always have this salsa in the house. I made only one adjustment, and that was to replace the canned green chilis with a 7 oz. can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. They are very spicy and smoky and I thought they made a nice addition.

  • ohhhh so good, and so easy too. Couldn’t stop eating it. Added a wee bit more heat with more jalapeno. Have made several times and always a winner.

  • I made this salsa, and my husband loved it. I took some in to work, and one person asked me to add more heat. I had already put 2 medium jalapeno peppers in it, seeds included. I think I will try adding a serrano or habanero next time.

  • Holy Cow ! I thought I was the only person that eats salsa, morning, noon and night too!!!
    Last summer I spent in Wisconsin, my friend up there has a huge all organic garden. I told him that I love tomato’s more than anything! He planted extra varieties of tomatos for me. HIs mother had never had salsa, so I just threw some together, very much like your recipe here, only using fresh tomatos. His mother is 93, and she woud get the salsa out of the fridge, at all hours of the day and night!!! hahaha By the way, I live in Texas, so I too, eat tons of salsa. Thank you for this very delicious sounding recipe, I imagine the canned tomatos bring more flavor and less water than fresh.
    Happy Eating!

  • Excellente salsa en ce début d’année! Mon mari qui n’aime pas la coriandre mais qui a aimé la texture, veut que je lui en fasse mais sans celle-ci. Je m’y mets la semaine prochaine…. Une belle façon de manger plus de légumes!

  • I just made this, and it’s fantastic, I will never buy store bought again! Can’t wait to have hubby sample some… and then eat all the rest 😉

  • I love the look of this salsa. Have you ever canned it? I want to make a big batch with fresh tomatoes and peppers, onion all from my garden…but want some all year round.

  • Beautiful salsa Chris…and so easy to put together…I usually just buy them ready, now I am very tempted to make this…
    Have a great week 🙂

  • Yum! I was telling my son about this recipe today and his mother-in-law overheard our conversation and asked me to make it and bring it to her house for brunch tomorrow. I was delighted to be able to make it right away and see if it really was as good as it sounded. And it is!!!! I have a somewhat similar recipe that I’ve made and loved for years, but I’ve been thinking I needed to tweak it a bit and this recipe is exactly the kind of tweak I was thinking about. I just made it, so it hasn’t had a chance to have the many flavors meld together yet, but it was just delicious. I probably over-processed it with the food processor a bit as it isn’t as chunky-looking as the pictures above, but the taste was pretty perfect anyway. Also, I should add that I live in New Mexico where salsa is king, and I think this is my new favorite salsa….EVER. Thanks so much!

  • This salsa is so yummy! I used to buy trader joe’s salsa especial-it was my favorite and this recipe taste similar but better!

  • Fresh salsa is worth eating with a spoon (like gazpacho). The flavors of fresh are just so much more vibrant than with store bought! I love the use of the food processor for this recipe. I have always tediously chopped by hand. This recipe will mean a lot more fresh salsa at our house. 🙂

  • I want nothing more than to jump into the bowl of salsa and swim in it. Looks fantastic. Now do I have all of the ingredients in the cabinet…..that is the question.

  • Because this Summer has been so busy (good, fun, happy but hectic), I have really tried to make quick and breezy but delicious and nutritious homemade food. I pack a lunch for my “Ranger work” but often tend to scramble for a good dinner. Not a fan of eating out much, I’m afraid. This salsa sounds perfect for me. And, thanks to Trader Joe’s, I have all the canned products on hand already. My family is coming soon to spend a week with me (yeah, the girls are skipping school to see Grandma) and I’ll let them tell me if it’s a thumbs up. I’ve really never found a jarred salsa that I like. Thanks, Chris.

  • That’s not silly!
    I love salsas..and if I have had a big lunch which is very rare..but it can happen.I am happy to have salsa too:)

    Fire roasted tomatoes..I have never ever seen those..
    Must look
    Because your recipe looks great.

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