The Best Homemade Salsa Recipe Using a BLENDER!

Jul 11, 2020 | Food, Recipes

Looking for a FOOLPROOF homemade salsa recipe? It's not only out-of-this-WORLD good (Bubba says it's better than restaurant salsa, which is saying a lot…) but it's embarrassingly easy. All you need is a blender! 

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There is just nothing better than a bag of crisp tortilla chips and fresh, homemade salsa. Mhmmm. The original salsa recipe is made from canned tomatoes, but I've also used fresh tomatoes instead, and it's just as easy and delicious! I have my ah-mazing friend, Tiff, to thank for this recipe! Thanks, girl!

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I have really come to appreciate the years when I've had a garden. It’s a great way to eat fresh food and save money at the same time… Plus, it's the perfect set-up for a batch of quick homemade salsa. Either way, whether you use canned tomatoes or fresh, the ability to whip up a batch of quick salsa without going to the store is the epitome of what glorious shelf cooking is all about!


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  • If you're using fresh tomatoes, gather all that you have from the garden and fridge that need to be used up.
  • Make sure you give them a really good washing before using.
  • If you don't have any fresh tomatoes to use up, grab those canned tomatoes!
  • Gather all other ingredients and start prepping.
  • Make sure you cut the stems off the tomatoes if you're using fresh. You don't want those in there!
  • Once you've washed, cut, and prepped your ingredients, toss them in and blend them up.
  • If you prefer a thinner consistency for salsa, blend at a steady rate.
  • If you prefer your homemade salsa chunky, pulse that baby a few times until it's juuuuust right. Of course, you HAVE to test with a chip just to be sure! 😉


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One of the best things about this homemade salsa recipe is how much it makes! Before it goes bad, divide it into mason jars to freeze for a later date. If you freeze in jars, opt for the wide-neck jars or give plenty of headspace in the narrow neck jars to allow for expansion (because they WILL break if you don't)!

Salsa is just one of those things that freezes so nicely! If you don't have the freezer space, you could also use a pressure canner to preserve the jars so they are shelf-stable. Either way, don't let it go to waste!


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We've already discussed how insanely delicious this salsa recipe is, now let's talk about how EASY it is to make! Just gather your ingredients, toss into a blender, and voila—beautiful homemade salsa for the win! It really is that simple.

The BEST Homemade Salsa Recipe

Have some produce that's about to go bad? Throw it in the blender and make some delicious homemade salsa!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes
  • 4 10-14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 jalapeño (seeded to remove heat)
  • ½ onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 lime (juice only)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  • Pulse ingredients in a blender or food processor until you get the consistency you prefer.
  • Chill if desired and ENJOY!


Leftovers will last for a few days in the fridge! You can also can or freeze any leftovers so you have delicious homemade salsa at your fingertips.
Keyword dip

This is seriously the perfect homemade salsa recipe. It's a great addition to a friendly game night or for a (semi) healthy late night snack at home!

Now that you know how to make salsa at home, you'll always have “fresh” homemade salsa at your fingertips. Hope you enjoy this easy peasy homemade salsa recipe as much as we do!

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  1. A. W.

    If you roast all your fresh ingridients before blending it adds an amazing depth of flavor.

  2. Olivia

    To make it even easier, use four small or two large cans of tomatoes, and one can of HOT Rotel. Then you don’t have to mess with a jalapeño! I make salsa this way all the time- it’s delicious!

  3. Jessica

    Have you try to freeze the excess just in freezer bags? Thinking of making a batch today but it looks like it makes a lot but I would love to have fresh salsa on hand just to throw in a bowl on the weekends! Just discovered you YouTube channel and your blog, I’m now following you on Instagram too! Thanks for the inspiration! @barefootbysea

    • FunCheapOrFree

      Yes! Bags or jars, tupperware too. All works great!

  4. Andi

    Isn’t this The Pioneer Women’s recipe?

    • FunCheapOrFree

      Not sure! My friend Tiffany gave it to me.

  5. Courtney Stout

    I have been proud to be apart of the freebs nation before but today…. today I made your super simple, super amazing salsa and all I can say is #gamechanger I went back to store and froze a second batch. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    • FunCheapOrFree

      I’m so glad you love it!!

  6. Sam

    Sounds easy & delicious. What size can of tomatoes do you use?

  7. Dara

    I was really skeptical about the salsa recipe because of so many canned items but oh my goodness it’s delicious! It tastes right out of the restaurant.

    • FunCheapOrFree

      Right?! It’s like magic!

  8. Sarah

    I wish we could get Rotel here in Australia, I can’t even think of a substitute. I’d love to meet my own salsa, we go through a lot in our family.

    • FunCheapOrFree

      I just use diced tomatoes! I rarely use rotel. I just add some extra seasonings and jalapeño for spice.

      • Sarah

        Awesome, thank you! It’s nearly summer here and I’ll definitely be whipping up a few batches of fresh salsa xx

  9. Allison

    What is the freezer life span?

  10. Jessica Lane

    We LOVE this! I want more budget, healthy and vegetarian friendly recipes! Do you find that when you defrost the salsa it separates? Mine does and not sure why? Thanks!

  11. Suzzannah

    This was so yummy!!!!!

  12. Laura Yazge

    Someone else asked but I don’t see an answer… how long will it freeze for? It’s delicious!!!

  13. Diane

    HI! I tried this in my Vitamix; it doesn’t have a pulse feature. I ended up making, what looked like, V8. Do you have any tips on how to keep the consistancy chunkyish?

    • FunCheapOrFree

      You need a food processor then, or something that can quickly hand-chop! or just blend it for a quick second or two. But every blender should have a pulse feature, check your manual!

      • Farrah Zavala

        I have a Vitamix blender and it does have a pulse feature?

  14. Natalie Barajas

    Yum! This salsa looks delicious and I love how easy it is to make:)

  15. Laurie VanDyke

    I’ve been trying to find the perfect salsa recipe so Im excited to try this recipe out!

  16. CeNedra Holden

    Um yum! Will be making this!

  17. Thi-Anh

    Made this last week and the whole family devoured it! My son’s preschool is having a Salsa contest for fundraising. I’m going to enter this one. 🙂

  18. Kasey Rigdon

    This salsa all day everyday!! Yum!

  19. Stephanie Stoker

    I made this the other day and loved it! Very tasty and ready to make all year round. Thank you!

  20. Brandy

    I need to try this, I love me some salsa!

  21. Jennifer

    Thanks for the recipe can’t wait to try it!

  22. Melissa Harlan

    A staple in My home now! Also I have sautéed it to warm it up. Fried up a tortilla and used this salsa for huevos rancheros. #toetouchworthy

  23. Angela Bullock

    I love homemade recipes! I’ve been trying really hard to make food at home and we’ve been saving so much money!

  24. Krista Sidhu

    I’m going to buy all the ingredients this weekend and get my kids to help me make it! I find if they help me make food, they’re more likely to try it 🙂

  25. Kaylynn

    Best salsa ever! It is soooo easy and sooo yummy!! Thank you for a new go to recipe!

  26. Michelle Staunton

    This was a hit! Added a couple extra jalapenos because I’m always looking for more spice.

  27. Chelsey Hackleman

    I’m really wanting to grow my own garden this summer and make this haha.

  28. Megan Keller Barker

    This was really yummy and SO easy to make! It was the perfect snack and we already had everything on hand. Win, win, win!

  29. Sydney

    Best salsa ever!! No lie! We make this way more than I would like to admit because we pretty much just drink it at our house. Thanks for sharing Jordan!

  30. Jeanette Voth

    Yummy!! I’m seriously addicted to salsa so I can’t wait to make this!

  31. Trish

    Mmm…salsa! I’m also eating Gardettos right now and it’s delish. That is all. ?

  32. Tera Profaizer

    I love salsa!! Can’t wait to try it!

  33. Tayler Raza

    I love salsa. This looks sooooo good

  34. Helen

    I have so many tomatoes from my garden at the moment, this looks like a yummy, and easy way to use up a bunch!

  35. Heather B

    This post made me crave this salsa all over again! So, so good!

  36. Brooke

    Best salsa ever!! I’ve made it 3 times in the last month and gifted some of it to family and neighbors who all love it too.

  37. Jordan

    I have some in my fridge right now! So yummy!!

  38. Kenzie holmes

    WE got a ninja for out wedding 4 years ago and I just found it. Can’t wait to try some salsa!! MY husbsnd is always asking me to make salsa. Not sure why the first 2 words of those sentences are in all caps. It won’t let me change it haha

  39. Cami Fairbanks

    Love easy salsa! I can’t wait to try this.

  40. Neana

    Seriously the best salsa! Tastes just like the salsa served at our favorite Mexican restaurant and so easy to make!

  41. Jenni

    Thanks for sharing! I used this when i had short notice for company coming and needed snacks. What a lifesaver. Everyone loved it! It made its way into my recipe binder.

  42. Brianne Browning

    I made this recipe and gave some away for Valentine’s Day and it was so delicious!!

  43. Bethanie Nikolaus

    We are obsessed with this salsa!!

  44. Kristi Hansen

    My mouth is watering over this salsa… It’s 11:30 at night and if I had all of these ingredients right now I’d be making it!! Tomorrow will have to do!

  45. Elizabeth A.

    Easy, delicious, and addicting! Thanks!

  46. Kayla Monson

    I’m a salsa fanatic to say the least! I’ll try the recipe for sure and let you know what I think! I also love that it’s made for lazy me and being so simple!

  47. Sydney

    Winner; every time! ?? Thank you!!!

  48. Laken

    Oh my gosh! I can’t wait to try this. Chips& salsa is my favorite part at a restaurant!

  49. Chelsea Price

    I love that this uses cab ingredients so I can make it in the winter!

  50. Beth Gameren

    I makes this salsa all the time now! I love how simple and easy it is!!

  51. Tina

    My Guatemalan grandma is seriously know for her salsa, so I though I’d put this to the test with her. She loved it! Thanks for sharing it… she has NEVER passed her recipe out to anyone and won’t until her “dying day” so until then, I have this one to use!! (That sounds way more morbid than intended ha!)

  52. Andrea Anderson

    I’ve heard you talk about your salsa for along time, I’m so glad you shared the recipe! We’re a chips and salsa family over here, looking forward to making this, it sounds very easy!!!!

  53. Danielle

    Can’t wait to try. Love home made salsa.

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  55. Rebekah Brown

    I plan on making a garden this year. This is now a must to make when that happens ??

  56. Jenn

    I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  57. Kiana Tracy

    My husband wants to make batches of this salsa from our garden this year and I ain’t complaining! Give me all the chips and salsa

  58. Christyn Day

    I’ve shared this recipe with so many people and now it’s at every friend gathering I go to! It’s everybody’s favorite! #neverbuyingsalsaagain

  59. Kaila Casados

    Salsa is my kids JAM!
    I’ve mastered some simple salsa recipes but I think I am going to try this one. I never thought of using a can of Rotel for the extra flavor! Also maybe I’ll try it with the fire roasted tomatoes by Great Value. I don’t think you can get them in the large cans but hey anything for a good salsa recipe!!!

  60. Danielle

    I’ve made this 4 or 5 times now. So easy and delicious!!

  61. Katie Justus

    This recipe sounds amazing! I’m going to have to try it!! I always see your kiddos enjoying it in tge IG stories so it must be delicous!!

  62. Kylie

    I’m definitely making this salsa today!!!

  63. Keisha

    I absolutely love salsa, and this looks like a simple way to do it at home. Thank you!

  64. Jana

    My husband gets so excited for dinner any time I pull out this salad!

  65. Jen

    I found this same recipe on pinterest 3 Year’s ago and have been using it all the time ever since. It’s the best!

  66. Julianne

    I wish I would’ve known you had thidnon your blog last week when I made the worst batch of salsa ever and embarrassingly brought it to a gathering hoping no one would notice haha this sounds great and super easy!!!!!

  67. Julie

    Thanks for the recipe! Made it and the whole family loved it!!

  68. Meggie B

    Every time I try to make salsa I hate it. I’m excited to give this a try! Thanks!

  69. Marcus Thiemann

    I love a good salsa recipe! I can’t wait to try this one!

  70. Brianne Trappett

    This is such a great recipe! I just made it for a get together with my family and everyone loved it!

  71. Keara Vega-Hernandez

    We are salsa and chips junkies and this really tastes so amazing!! I love that it takes no time to make and because it’s fresh it’s a whole new flavor then canned…

  72. Diana Burk

    I love salsa, I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you!

  73. Monique R

    I’ve been dying for an easy salsa recipe! So glad I found this, will definitely be trying it out.

  74. Rebekah

    This looks so yummy! I need to make this!

  75. Sarah Speredon

    I LOVE salsa! Im kind of a snob because I love “fresh” salsa not store bought. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  76. Tiara Wolfe

    I run on salsa and chips ??‍♀️ This sounds amazing! Trying this out for sure! ❤️

  77. Liesl Farrell

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!

  78. Raechal

    Yum!!! I’m going to try this ASAP! Looks really similar to Puoneer Woman’s recipe that I ❤️❤️❤️. Chips and salsa are my favorite snack ever!

  79. Corinne Boren

    This salsa is the BEST! My hubs is a salsa conasauer and he loves it!

  80. Natalie

    Sounds delicious, Thank you! (A great gift to take VT with a bag of tortilla chips ?)

  81. Celeste

    Looks amazing! Never thought how easy it was to make! Definitely saved the recipe.

  82. Laura

    We are going to try it this week! We love salsa!!!

  83. Michelle

    This sounds and looks soooo good!
    100k giveaway!

  84. Irina

    I tired this salsa 2 days ago. And it was a hit!! My husbands very picky when it comes to salsa and he loved it!! Next time I will add the seeds and pepper flakes to make it extra spicy for him. Thanks so much for all the awesome tips and tricks you share.

  85. Destiny

    I’ve made this recipe three times since finding it a few weeks ago and I love it! I love that it makes so much I always have a jar to give away.

  86. Janelle

    Yum! The lime juice… crucial!

  87. Alicia

    I’ve made your salsa! And hubby asked what I did different it’s his new fave!

  88. alex

    can’t wait to try

  89. Kamryn Carlson

    So so so excited to try it!!!

  90. Dana Nickles

    Salsa is life!

  91. Melissa

    Ive made this salsa so much and it has saved me so much on chili’s salsa! YAY! I’ve probably come to this page about 20 times when I’m at the store for ingredients, making it, printing it out for a friend. It’s the best!

  92. Jenny

    I am so excited to try this recipe!

  93. Susan smith

    I love salsa especially when it is made at home!!

  94. Krista

    My husband and I love salsa, I will have to try making this recipe.

  95. Kourtney Dalzell

    This sounds like something even I can’t screw up ?

  96. Mandy

    I’m obsessed with this salsa. I make it all the time and my family loves it too.

  97. Chelsie

    I LOVE SALSA…. all kinds of salsa. I’m printing and making tomorrow!!!

  98. Cambric

    i ? this salsa recipe!

  99. fnaf

    This is my favourite. So easy and very yummy – can’t wait to try it!

  100. Jill Jackson

    Hi Jordan, I’m from the UK. What size can of tomatoes is that? our standard size cans are 400g which is about 14oz US so no idea how much tomatoes to add and I love me some salsa!

  101. Catherine Silver

    Oh my Gosh, this was amazing! Had a plethora of tomatoes from our garden that we’re gonna go bad. Super easy, filled two Mason jars I had. One for us and one as a gift for a friend, “just because” who loves salsa, Tuesday. Thank you for sharing!

  102. temple run

    I make salsa this way all the time- it’s delicious!

  103. drift boss

    5 stars
    Sounds tasty and simple. Which tomato can size do you use?

    • Kenzie Baney

      28 oz. can of whole tomatoes, plus four cans of 10 oz. diced tomatoes with green chiles. 🙂


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