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Jalapeño Salsa Recipe (Simple and Delicious!)

Is there anything better than a fresh scoop of salsa on a tortilla chip? We think not. This jalapeño salsa recipe is the perfect balance of fresh and spicy, and we know you’re going to love it.

Experimenting in the kitchen is fun, but sometimes you just need a tried-and-true recipe to fall back on. This is one of those recipes. Though, it did take a lot of experimenting to get this one right.

Jalapeno salsa

Salsa is a staple in Mexican cuisine and is typically prepared with fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and chili peppers. Jalapeño peppers are commonly used to add spice and heat to the dish, but you can use other peppers as well.

Serrano peppers are a delicious addition to salsa or guacamole without adding overwhelming heat. Salsa can be served as a dip with chips, or used as a condiment for tacos, burritos, and other dishes that need a little of leveling up. We love using hot sauce and salsa on eggs!

This recipe is unique because it doesn’t use white or yellow onions like most salsa recipes. We’ve swapped them out for green onions instead. The result is a salsa that is still fresh and flavorful, but with a little less bite. It all comes together at the end with a handful of fresh chopped cilantro.

Tips And Tricks For Making Jalapeño Salsa:

We’ve made a lot of salsa over the years and it’s safe to say that we have learned a thing or two. Here are some tips and tricks for making the best jalapeño salsa:

  • Use fresh ingredients. This is key for any recipe, but especially for salsa. The fresher the ingredients, the better the flavor will be. Try using homegrown tomatoes and peppers, if possible. You can also check out your local farm stand for the best possible ingredients if you’re not growing your own.
  • If you want more heat, leave some seeds in the jalapeño peppers. If you want less heat, remove the placenta and seeds. We like to remove the pith to avoid a bitter flavor. You can also use a spicier pepper variety.
  • Use a food processor instead of a blender. We’ve found that a food processor does a better job of chopping the ingredients evenly. When we make salsa in the blender, it tends to come out a bit too watery. If you don’t have a food processor, you can chop the ingredients finely and make a chunkier salsa.
  • Let the salsa sit for at least 30 minutes in the fridge before serving. This allows the flavors to meld and develop.

Variations On This Jalapeño Salsa:

Salsa is one of our favorite kitchen experiments. We love trying out different flavor combinations and ingredients. Here are a few ideas for how you can change up this recipe:

  • Use different peppers. In addition to jalapeños, you could also use serrano peppers, poblano peppers, or even ghost peppers if you’re really brave.
  • Try different tomatoes. We have made this recipe using roma tomatoes, globe tomatoes, and even cherry tomatoes! They were all delicious – so try mixing it up!
  • Add fruit. This may sound strange, but we love adding fruit to our salsa. A little bit of mango or pineapple can really brighten up the flavors. We do have a tasty pineapple salsa recipe as well.
  • Make it smoky. One of our favorite ways to change up this recipe is to add a smoked chili pepper. You can use homemade chipotle powder, or just a little bit of smoked paprika to change up the flavor.
  • Use yellow or white onion. We like this recipe the way it is with green onion, but you could definitely substitute in a different type of onion. Just keep in mind that the flavor will be a little bit different.

Jalapeño Salsa Ingredients:

This recipe makes a relatively small batch (perfect for 2 people). You can easily double or even triple this recipe if you’re making it for a crowd.

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh green onion (green parts only)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Jalapeno salsa ingredients

Jalapeño Salsa Instructions:

  1. Start by chopping the tomatoes into wedges and removing the tomato pulp. Leaving the pulp will result in a salsa that is watery. It’s okay if a little bit gets in.
  2. Chop the jalapeño pepper lengthwise and remove the white pith and seeds. If you want more heat, leave this part in.
  3. Peel and chop the garlic cloves.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, garlic, lime juice, cumin, and salt to a food processor.
  5. Pulse the ingredients until they are finely chopped and at your desired salsa consistency.
  6. Finely chop the green onion and cilantro and stir into the salsa.
  7. Let the salsa sit for at least 30 minutes in the fridge to allow the flavors to develop. Serve with chips or use as a condiment for tacos or burritos!
Jalapeno salsa ingredients in food processor

This recipe for jalapeno salsa is the perfect dish to spice up your next party! This dish is packed with flavorful and nutritious ingredients that taste delicious on a variety of foods. The best part about this salsa is that it can be tailored to your heat preference by adjusting the amount or type of peppers being used.

When harvest time comes around, we always have an overabundance of peppers and tomatoes, so this salsa recipe is the perfect way to use them up! This dish can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for a few days. If you make this recipe or any variation of it, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Bowl of jalapeno salsa
Bowl of jalapeno salsa

Jalapeño Salsa

This fresh and delicious salsa recipe is made with tomatoes, jalapeño, green onion and cilantro.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Salsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Globe Tomatoes large
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onion chopped, green parts only
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro

Instructions

  • Slice tomatoes into wedges and remove pulp
  • Slice jalapeño lengthwise and remove white pith and seeds. Leaving more of this will result in more heat
  • Peel and chop garlic
  • Add tomatoes, pepper, garlic, lime juice, cumin, and salt to food processor and blend to desired consistency
  • Stir in fresh chopped green onion and cilantro after processing
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Let us know in the comments how you like to make salsa at home. If you try this recipe, leave a review and let us know how you liked it!

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Monday 26th of September 2022

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