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White bowl filled with fresh salsa on a white table.

Simple Salsa

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


A quick and easy salsa made in no time with a food processor!


  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, plus extra for garnish
  • 2-4 slices fresh jalapeño pepper, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor (I love my Cuisinart for this!) Pulse in short bursts until salsa has reached your desired consistency.
  2. Remove salsa from food processor and store in an airtight container in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Garnish with extra cilantro leaves and jalapeño slices (optional) and serve with tortilla chips for dipping.


Add as much or as little jalapeño as you like to adjust the spice levels. Two thick slices of jalapeño will produce a milder salsa, while 4 or 5 will bring quite a bit of heat. If you're unsure of how spicy you'd like the salsa to be, start by adding 1 or 2 slices of jalapeño, then taste and add additional slices as necessary.

If your tomatoes have a high water content, you may want to use a slotted spoon to remove salsa from the food processor so that any excess liquid has the chance to drain away.

If you have extra salsa, use it for this easy slow cooker salsa chicken, margarita quesadillas, or these chicken burrito bowls!

I use (and love!) this food processor from Cuisinart when I make this salsa.

Keywords: sauce, salsa, dip, summer