How to Make Salsa From Scratch

By Chelsea Hoffman

Chunky, homemade salsa tastes delicious when included with a variety of meals and snacks. It's good for dipping chips, as a topper on a baked potato or as part as an extensive Mexican dinner. Knowing how to make your own fresh salsa from scratch gives you the ability to dazzle friends and family with fresh tastes. A recipe even a novice can complete, you can customize homemade salsa to fit your tastes.

Things You'll Need

  • Three tomatoes
  • Two garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro
  • Red chili pepper
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/4 mango
  • 1/2 onion
  • Food processor
  • Knife
  • Serving bowl

Step 1

Remove the stems and leafy parts from the fresh tomatoes and peppers using the knife. Chop the tomatoes in half.

Step 2

Add the tomato chunks, pepper, garlic, onion and mango to the food processor. Drop the cilantro on top of the mound of ingredients.

Step 3

Secure the lid of the food processor and push the chop setting. Let it chop the ingredients for about 30 seconds. This blends and dices the vegetables and pepper without making the chunks too small.

Step 4

Pour the homemade, fresh salsa into a serving bowl. Cover it and refrigerate or serve immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add other herbs and seasonings to the mix to customize the flavor. You can also omit the mango, which provides a sort of sweet aftertaste to the spicy salsa.