Basic Salsa Recipe

Want a basic salsa recipe from which you can then jump into experimentation of your own? Look no further; we’ve got you covered. This simple salsa takes very little time to make and is ripe for adjustments. There are many ways to play with this recipe. Adjust the ingredient amounts on the list, or sub-out a hotter chili than the jalapeño (like a serrano pepper or even a habanero) for more heat. Try adding fruit as well to give the salsa a more exotic twist.

Basic salsa, ready to serve
Basic Salsa

Basic Salsa

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 8 servings
Calories 13 kcal



  • Place the jalapeño, half of the chopped onion and the juice from the tomatoes in the can in a blender. Blend the mix until close to pureed. Remove from blender.
  • Place in a blender the tomatoes, black pepper, salt, cumin, garlic clove, onion powder, and garlic powder, along with the remaining onion. Pulse no more than 4 times to break up the tomatoes. 
  • Add the two mixes together and stir.
  • Add chopped cilantro to taste. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Can be served right away, or for the best flavor, refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving.


You can opt for more or less pureeing depending on the thickness of the salsa base you like.
If you like your salsa chunkier, opt for a food processor instead of a blender.
The longer you refrigerate, the thicker your salsa will become. Plus the spices will have more time to blend.


Calories: 13kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 148IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg


Keyword Jalapeno Pepper, Serrano Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on March 4, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on March 23, 2014.