Salsa is an immensely popular dish, and nothing beats the deliciousness of homemade salsa – an immensely tasty snack that you can adapt and alter to suit your preferences perfectly. The great thing is that salsa is also super easy to make, and if you make it yourself, you can add any extra ingredients that you want.
The best salsa is fresh, spicy, and bursting with crispy ingredients. One of the easiest ways to ensure that you get good salsa is to serve more than one option; there are so many different recipes for homemade salsa to try out and enjoy! If you’re making a meal with salsa, why not make several unique dishes and see which one you like best?
Recipes For Homemade Salsa
For this recipe, you are going to need:➔ 1 lime, juiced
➔ 1/3 cup of chopped cilantro
➔ 1 jalapeno pepper (or adjust the amount of pepper to suit your heat preference)
➔ 1 pinch of ground cumin
➔ 3 fresh tomatoes (medium size)
➔ Pinch of salt
➔ Pinch of pepper
➔ Pinch of oregano
➔ ½ a red onion
How To Make Homemade Salsa:
Note: if you have a food processor, you can tip the ingredients in there and reduce the amount of cutting that you need to do. Cut the ingredients into rough pieces, and toss them in, and then pulse until they are finely diced. Do not blend them too much, or you’ll get puree instead of salsa.
If you don’t have a food processor, you will have to dice them by hand.
Step 1) Chop the tomatoes. They should be cut into small, rough chunks. Cutting them into large chunks will stop the salsa from being easy to serve, and will make it difficult to mix it properly.
Step 2) Cut up your half onion, again into small chunks. It does not need to be neat, but it is a good idea to keep the chunks small.
Step 3) Slice the jalapeno pepper. Be careful not to touch your eyes once you have handled the pepper. Wash your hands very thoroughly afterward, but do not touch your eyes or any other sensitive body parts for some hours, as the chili will remain on your fingers and will cause a very painful burning sensation.
Step 4) Tip the salsa ingredients into a large bowl and stir. Don’t forget the juice from the lime. If you don’t like very hot salsa, you may wish to remove some of the chili seeds before adding the chili to the bowl. You can always put them in later if you decide that the salsa needs more heat to it.
Step 5) Taste your salsa and adjust the flavors. You can add extra chili to increase the heat, or extra tomato to decrease it. Add more or less of the different spices, and salt and pepper to suit your tastes.
Step 6) Put a cloth across the top of the bowl and allow the salsa to rest at room temperature for an hour (or place it in the fridge if you prefer). This gives time for the flavors to merge and absorb. You can serve salsa without this rest period, but it will not taste as flavorful or complete.
Step 7) Once the hour is up, taste the salsa again, and make any last adjustments that are needed.
Step 8) Serve the salsa into small dishes and place them on the table. You can eat salsa with a whole variety of different Mexican meals, so think tacos, burritos, chips, or tortillas to go with your salsa.
Step 9) Place any leftover salsa in the fridge. You should either cover the bowl with a plate or tip the salsa into an airtight container to reduce the airflow. As long as you have used fresh ingredients for your salsa, it should last for up to five days in the fridge, so it’s perfect for use on another day.
You can also freeze salsa if you have more than you will use! You will find that the defrosted product is not as crispy as when it was fresh, but it will still taste good.
Hopefully, that recipe suits you, but there are many more to try. So, let’s look at some more recipes for homemade salsa!
Origin Of The Salsa Dish
If you’re a big fan of salsa, you might be wondering where this delicious dish originates from. It’s a very old recipe and dates back to the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas. It was popularized with the rest of the world after the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 1500s.
It did not gain the name “salsa” until 1571 but spread quickly throughout Spanish civilization and then to the rest of Europe and the United States. It is a very popular dish and considered quite healthy because of its use of fresh ingredients and plenty of vegetables.
So, that’s the origin of the salsa dish! Next, let’s look at a few more recipes.
Canning Recipes For Salsa
Canning is a great way to make and preserve salsa, and it means you can enjoy this dish time after time, without constantly having to make new batches or dedicate freezer space to the meal. However, you will need to use one of the proper canning recipes for salsa, because you need the right balance of acidic and non-acidic ingredients.
To 5 pounds of tomatoes, you’ll want a pound of chilies, 3 jalapenos, one and a half onions, three garlic cloves, some cilantro, oregano, cumin, salt, and sugar, plus a cup of apple cider vinegar. You will also need a canning pot and canning jars with rings.
Make sure you sterilize the jars before you start, and use enough acid to make the recipe safe and prevent botulism from growing in your food.
Different Salsa Recipes To Try
There are many variations you can try to make salsa different, so we’re going to explore some top options in this section.
Salsa With Corn
Have you ever thought about doing a salsa recipe with corn? The corn lends the salsa an extra crispy, sweet flavor, and goes really well with quesadillas.
You can make a salsa recipe with corn by adapting the one above and simply adding some fresh corn. Allow the corn to soak up some lime juice to soften the kernels before consuming the salsa. There is no need to cook them!
Salsa With Fresh Tomatoes
What about salsa with fresh tomatoes? You can’t beat this; the tomatoes will be lovely and crispy, ensuring that the food is crunchy and refreshing.
You can make salsa from cherry tomatoes, or do salsa with fresh tomatoes in any way you choose. Salsa from cherry tomatoes is often sweeter and more flavorful, but if you only have large tomatoes, don’t worry; it will still taste great!
Salsa With Pineapple
Next, have you ever considered making a salsa recipe with pineapple? That might sound like a particularly unusual idea to you, but it tastes excellent. The sweetness of the pineapple nicely offsets the heat of the chilies and complements the tomato delightfully.
If you have ever added a spoonful of sugar to your salsa and realized how much this brings out the flavor of the tomatoes, you’ll understand why a salsa recipe with pineapple chunks can really work well.
Mexican Salsa Recipes
If you’re looking for a recipe for authentic Mexican salsa, you aren’t alone. Mexican salsa recipes are probably the most popular, although you should be aware that there are many different kinds. To make something like Salsa Roja, you will want to blend your ingredients a bit, and then cook them lightly in oil.
Add raw onion and refrigerate. This salsa will be a little more liquid, but it’s one of the most delicious Mexican salsa recipes there is!
Recipe For Chili’s Salsa
If you’re a big fan of this particular kind of salsa, don’t worry – there is a great recipe for Chili’s salsa available. You can use canned tomatoes, a teaspoon of garlic salt, some canned jalapenos, a cup of diced onion, a bit of cumin, and a teaspoon of sugar.
This should recreate the Chili’s salsa recipe, especially if you add a dash of lime juice and some cilantro.
Recipe For Red Salsa
If you want to make a red salsa, it’s easy! Use some high-quality tomatoes, such as fire-roasted canned ones. In any recipe for red salsa, the quality of the tomatoes is the defining factor.
Blitz up some garlic, onion, and jalapeno, and then add lime juice, cilantro, and a bit of salt. You can blend the salsa as much as you want, leaving it chunky or turning it into a puree if you prefer. Red salsa can be made any way you prefer, as long as you make sure it has plenty of tomato in it.
Recipe For Restaurant Salsa
For those who would love a recipe for restaurant salsa, it’s again very easy to make. Use canned tomatoes, rather than fresh; this will give you the right taste and texture (since very few restaurants use fresh tomatoes).
Two cans of diced tomatoes and a can of whole tomatoes are usually about right. Juice a lime, add the usual spices, and combine the whole lot in the food processor with a bit of sugar. Pulse until it’s close to smooth.
This will make a large amount of salsa, so you may wish to freeze some!
Salsa Recipe With Habanero
Habaneros are very popular chilies, and if you want to make a salsa recipe with habanero, you’re in luck! You should add some olive oil, take out the jalapeno peppers, and include some red wine vinegar, but otherwise, you can use the basic recipe at the start of this article.
Remember, habaneros are hot, and you might want to cut some of the seeds out. A salsa recipe with habanero is best served chilled, so refrigerate it.
Salsa Recipe With Avocado
If you want to combine your salsa recipe with avocado so that it is serving as both the guacamole and the salsa, you can. Simply dice the avocado, tip it into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients, and then mix the lime juice with some olive oil and pour it over the top.
It’s important to use plenty of lime juice, or your avocado will turn brown, but otherwise, the recipe is much the same. Don’t use a food processor for the avocado, or it may turn mushy. You can put the other ingredients in the processor if you prefer.
Salsa With Cream Cheese Dip
For those who find traditional salsa too hot, salsa with cream cheese dip can be a great alternative. For this, you’ll need some sour cream, some cream cheese, and some sharp Cheddar cheese.
Blend the sour cream and cream cheese together, and make salsa as in the recipe above. You might want to blend it a bit to ensure it will mix well with the cream cheese.
Pour the salsa on top of the cream cheese dip, and then top it with the shredded Cheddar and some diced raw onions.
It’s best to serve this option immediately, because the salsa will start to bleed into the cream cheese after a while, making it watery. If you want to prep it in advance, keep the two parts (cream cheese, salsa) separate until you are ready to serve, and then quickly pour the salsa on top and add the cheese and onion garnish.
This should keep it fresh and delicious!
Salsa is one of the best things to ever hit the table, and you can make wonderful variations to keep the meal alive and interesting with these homemade salsa recipes. Turn up the heat or dial it back and add cheese or avocado for a creamy, melt-in-the-mouth option.
Including more unusual ingredients, such as pineapple or sweetcorn, is a great way to make your salsa stand out and taste amazing, so don’t be afraid to experiment!