How to make the BEST Homemade Salsa!

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I posted a pic of my homemade salsa earlier in the week and the comments went crazy!  I could have easily posted the 7 simple ingredients and the one step to make it. But I have tweaked and played with it for 10 years now and have developed some tips that I always share when I share this recipe.

So, I wanted to be able to share all of that, too.  Trust me – it is worth the wait!

**I wish that I could take credit for this perfect concoction, but it was passed to me by way of my aunt from a friend of ours named Mary Jinks.  So, Mary – THANK YOU from many, many of my friends who have enjoyed this recipe over the last 10 years!


There are 7 VERY simple ingredients:

salsa in ninja*1 large can (the big fat one) of whole tomatoes (I’m sure you could use fresh)

*About 1/4 of a small onion

*Juice of 1/2 lime

*2T jalapenos (could use fresh)

*2-3 cloves of garlic

*handful of fresh cilantro

*Salt to taste

**Simply put all of this in a blender and pulse until it reaches the desired consistency. I like to use my Ninja. It takes NO time at all!





Now, here is what I have learned….

1. – The measurements that I listed are what I use. We like it spicy. So, if you don’t, you can back the jalapenos down some.

2. – If you already have it too hot, lime juice will neutralize the “hot” a little. So, add more lime. Not hot enough? Chop up more or just add a spoonful of the juice!

3. – If you use fresh jalapenos, you can take the seeds and membranes out of the middle to take the heat down a little. That’s where most of the “spice” lives.

4. – The onion, garlic and cilantro get VERY strong as it sits. So, be a little cautious adding these ingredients until you figure out how much of it you like. I find that it tastes the absolute best fresh out of the blender. But, it will keep in the fridge for several days or so. It will just get a little stronger in these flavors.

5. – THESE FLAVORS – will be there the next morning! You have been warned! Open your eyes and RUN to the toothbrush!

6. – I use store brand canned tomatoes. I find that the real brand names have a different taste and make it too rich. Almost sweet. I prefer the knock-offs!

7. – Sometimes, you may think that it seems a little flat when it is first made, and you may be tempted to add salt. Remember that you will be eating it mostly on salty chips. So, taste it on a chip instead of a spoon. It may be that the salty chip is the “something” that was missing!

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