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Growing up around my Mexican family meant that I enjoyed a LOT of good food! My grandmother could make an entire meal out of leftovers and you would have thought it was a brand new meal she made for the day. My mother is also a great cook. The one thing that she makes {and we devour} is homemade salsa and guacamole. A few weeks ago, my friend had an abundance of tomatoes from her garden and we made some fresh salsa for lunch.

The ingredients are fairly inexpensive and it’s easy to make. I don’t usually measure my ingredients because I make mine to taste, but I have given an estimate below:


-4-5 Tomatoes

-1/4 Onion {see picture below}

-1TB Minced Garlic

-1 Lime

-1/3 cup Cilantro


Jalapeño pepper {optional:We don’t like spicy salsa so I never add this, but if it’s your thing add to taste!}


Dice tomatoes and onions and put in a food processor {or blender if you don’t have one}. Add garlic. Roll lime to get juices loose. Squeeze on veggies. Pick off cilantro leaves {try to not use stems} and add. Sprinkle about a Tablespoon of salt. {Add Jalapeño pepper as well}   Blend. Taste. Add more of whatever you think you need!

Food Processor

I used to make salsa in a small chopper processor, but could only make about a cup of anything. I finally broke down and got a Food Processorbecause it’s easier and more convenient. Well worth the $30 spent!


Salsa Ingredients

In this recipe I used all 5 tomatoes on the vine. I also use the minced garlic from the jar. I don’t like having to mince it myself.


This was a pretty large yellow onion. As you can see I cut about 1/4 of it and then diced  it. You can add more or less depending on how “oniony” you like your food.

Fresh Salsa

Here are all the ingredients in the processor. Isn’t it pretty?!?

Homemade Salsa

This salsa is not very chunky when you use a food processor or if you process it for too long. We like the smoother blend rather than the chunky. The consistency is what you would find at an authentic Mexican restaurant. I also want to mention that the longer the salsa sits, the more flavorful it gets.

Smells affect my judgement on whether or not I need more seasoning so I always have someone taste test it to let me know if it needs more of any ingredient. I can never trust my own taste buds since I’m smelling all the fresh ingredients the entire time. I have added too much salt on more than one occassion. 🙂  Enjoy!