How To Make Tomato Salsa

Salsa is a standard and almost necessary addition to a meal with Mexican food. Salsa, which means “sauce” in Spanish, is made in many different forms but the most common uses chopped tomatoes along with onions and chillis. You can also add various other vegetables of your choice, like cucumber, avocado etc, to your salsa.

There are many recipes available on internet for making Tomato Salsa, but this one is the easiest, especially because it requires no cooking. This juicy tomato salsa can be served as a main dish or a classic dip accompanied by chips, tortillas, tacos or burritos.

Prep time: 10 min
Boil time: 15 min
Total time: 25 min
Yield: 5 cups
Utensils: Medium size mixing bowl, sharp knife, cutting board, measuring cups, measuring spoons, serving bowl, serving spoon.

Medium sized fresh tomatoes (from 1 lb to 1 1/2 lb), stems removed, finely diced: 2-3
Red onion, finely diced: 1/2
Jalapeño chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced: 1
Serano chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced: 1
Lime Juice: 1
chopped cilantro: 1/2 cup
Salt and pepper: To taste
Oregano and or cumin seeds to taste (Optional)


  • 1

    Prepare the tomatoes

    Start with chopping up fresh tomatoes. Slice the tomatoes first, take the seeds out and then chop them into fine small pieces.

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  • 2

    Cut the Onions

    Remove the outermost layer of the onions. Cut into half and chop them finely, making sure that the size of onion pieces is the same as that of tomatoes.

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  • 3

    Prepare the chillies

    De-seed and chop the pepper. Be careful when handling the chillies.

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  • 4

    Cut the coriander/ cilantro

    Place the cilantro on the cutting board. Remove the stems and chop it finely.

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  • 5

    Mix all the chopped ingredients

    Put chopped tomatoes, onion, chillies and coriander in the mixing bowl.

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  • 6

    Add the lemon juice

    Cut the lemon half and squeeze its juice over the vegetables in the bowl and mix well.

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  • 7

    Add the condiments

    Add seasonings and taste. If the salsa is not hot enough, add some more pepper, and if you need to mellow it down, add some more chopped tomatoes.

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  • 8

    Let it sit for an hour

    Let your salsa sit for an hour at room temperature or in the refrigerator, to allow the flavours to combine.

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    Serve with tortillas, chips, burritos, tacos, tostadas, quesadillas or black beans.

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