Homemade Salsa

If you know how to can, salsa makes a great homemade Christmas gift! Can this recipe and wrap it up with a bag of tortilla chips!

Tomatoes and peppers are some of the easiest things to grow and can thrive in pots if you don’t have a yard. You will also find that in August, you will have more tomatoes and peppers than you could ever eat on a BLT or fajita, so what I usually do is make my own salsa.

I LOVE homemade salsa because this recipe is so very hard to mess up! The ingredients are flexible and you can tailor the recipe to your family’s likes or dislikes. Here is my basic homemade salsa recipe, it’s easy, comes together in less than 10 minutes, and tastes better the longer it sits in the fridge.

Homemade Salsa at The Happy Housewife

Homemade Salsa




  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • salt, pepper, and garlic (to taste)


  1. Combine tomatoes, onion, pepper and lime juice.
  2. Add salt, pepper and garlic to taste.
  3. Serve.
  4. Store fresh homemade salsa in the refrigerator.



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  1. I love making home made salsa. …but not enough to grow anything to make it. I like cilantro in mine, though

  2. There is nothing better than homemade salsa! This is my first year actually making it myself and I am now completely in love with it 🙂

  3. When I first taste a Salsa I was so surprised. It is so tasty. That is why I always wanted to make a homemade salsa but I can’t do it perfectly. Thank you for that recipe. Now I know what is missing in my salsa.

  4. I love homemade salsa!

    thanks for sharing.

  5. I made it once, and then used the leftovers for pizza sauce when I didn’t have any thawed. That was really yummy!

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Diana- That is a fabulous idea! I am sure my husband would love the addition of some spicy peppers to his pizza!

  6. Seriously YUMMY! You have got me craving chips and salsa at 10:00 in the morning…

  7. dgsandbjsmom says:

    Looks good. Tomatoes though do not always make. People plant tomato plants by the dozens here in the south but with the extreme and deadly heat this summer the tomato crops became so acidic that they are inedible.

  8. YUM YUM YUM YUM! We have been eating something similar to this all summer and just LOVE it. Thanks for sharing!

  9. We love fresh salsa and I usually add cilantro to ours also..

  10. We love fresh salsa! But we add just a little fresh cilantro and 1 teaspoon of cumin – it gives it that extra little kick!

  11. Mmmm, thank you so much for sharing. I found your site first when I searched for the recipe on Blogger. I like searching Blogger friends for my needs.
    Can’t wait to use my beautiful tomatoes in this recipe!! Lisa

  12. Tom phipps says:

    Great, simple, easy. It also works if you toss the ingredients un diced, in a blender on pulse until it looks good. But it’s more satisfying to do it yourself 🙂

  13. Serve with ‘homemade’ tortillas. Buy corn tortillas cut into quarters and fry in oil. Squirt with lime juice and/or salt or not. YUM!

  14. Linking back to you! Hope you don’t mind. Following you on twitter now!

  15. sofiaslacker says:

    thx so much 4 the recipe, u rock!

  16. Just needed salsa for a meal, googled “homemade salsa” and found your recipe :-). Thanks! You’re right; super easy, and I might not buy the canned stuff as often over the summer anymore!

  17. I tried my first ever raw salsa-lime is essential,i used rocket,or arugula?it is the best thing i have tasted in ages,having thought it would be hard to make I will keep experimenting,chilli crackers compliment this one.

  18. I have so many Roma tomatoes from my garden that we just can’t keep up so I am looking forward to using my sweet tomatoes for this recipe! I hope it’s just as yummy as everyone as said, I started following you on FB too, so I will be sure to comment there also! 🙂

  19. kalyn davis says:

    OMFG i jusst looked at the recipe now im heading for wal+mart can’t belive it ive always just bought the salsa now i can make it !! thnx alot

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