Making The Easiest Salsa Ever

by Randy Twyford

Here's my recipe for making the easiest salsa ever.

Yield:- 2 cups or 480ml

Preparation Time:- 10 minutes
Marinade Time:- 1 hour

Cooking Time:- n/a

Total Time:- 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 – 14 oz (400g) can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 – small onion finely chopped
  • 1 to 3 jalapeno peppers (1 is mild, 2 for med. and 3 for HOT)
  • 1 small clove of garlic finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) of chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together and enjoy. This recipe is great freshly made but gets even better with a little time in the fridge to “marry the ingredients”

Paul's Note

Wow, what a great recipe (thanks Randy) and it's so easy to prepare. What I like about it is the use of canned tomatoes because that really speeds up the preparation process and really doesn't compromise the flavor at all.

I wrote some information about the benefits of eating tomatoes on my page about homemade barbecue sauce and the great thing is that all those benefits still remain true whether you use fresh or canned tomatoes. So if you ever needed a reason to make this salsa then you can always refer to the health benefits of tomatoes.

When I made mine up I took your advice Randy to leave it in the refrigerator so that the ingredients have time to work together and it certainly paid off. I've put a recommendation of 1 hour chilling time prior to serving as a guide in the notes above because I think that this balances the flavor benefits together with the appearance.

That's enough time for the lime juice to take the edge off the onion and for the chilis to really infuse their heat into the tomato juice. That said you still get that fresh "coolness" from the chopped tomatoes.

Yes, you could leave it longer to build in flavor but the downside is that the salsa may start to look "tired" as the cilantro will lose it's freshness.

Give it a final stir before serving.

See Also:-

Tomato And Mozzarella Salad
Grilled Watermelon Salad
Seafood Fruit Salad

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