This is an authentic Mexican salsa that’s healthy and made from scratch. Even better, it only has 5 ingredients and is super easy to prep and make. This is a recipe that I got from my mom, who learned how to make salsa from her former neighbor who was from Mexico. It is my favorite salsa to date, and tastes fresher and better than the ones I get in restaurants!
This salsa only has FIVE ingredients: tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and salt. Yep, that’s it, just those five. And I even included the salt. The vegetables used here are all fresh and not processed, and you can taste the difference in the quality of the salsa. It tastes refreshing and so delicious. I think salsa is best when made from just a few simple, key ingredients. No need to overcomplicate it.
Notice the red jalapeno? For this recipe, I used jalapenos from my own garden, and jalapenos turn from green to red when they ripen on the plant. Isn’t that so awesome? You’ll rarely find red jalapenos in the supermarket, if ever.
One of the unique parts of this recipe is how you cook the tomatoes and let it cool before combining with other ingredients. Most other salsa recipes I come across just take all of the raw ingredients and have them run through a food processor. Not here. I cook the tomatoes first, let them cool, and simply mix with everything else prior to serving. I prefer salsa this way, and I like my salsa on the chunky side.
This salsa works great when paired with tortilla chips, or used as filling for a taco or burrito. You can serve immediately after making this, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Also feel free to modify the amount of jalapenos in the recipe. I recommend one jalapeno for mild salsa, and two or more if you’re looking to sweat a bit! Get a glass of milk ready.