Loaded with lots of juicy summer tomatoes and a mild kick of heat, this fresh tomato salsa is incredible with crispy tortilla chips and blends up in less than 10 minutes in your food processor!
There’s nothing better than a good homemade salsa! Bonus points if it lets you use in-season tomatoes and gives you an excuse to eat chips as well.
Summer tomatoes, I’m looking at you and about to give you the best new home.
We’re not messing around with roasting or anything fussy with this salsa today, y’all. All we’re doing is piling all the ingredients in your food processor, giving it a quick whirl, and grabbing that bag of chips for what’s about to be a dang good time.
This salsa is so simple, it’s quickly become our go-to use for excessive amounts of garden tomatoes in the summertime mostly because it’s just so incredibly easy!
The best part is we’re not opening up a can or anything and just relying on good ol’ fresh goodness to carry this salsa. You can taste the difference.
This Salsa features…
- Fresh summer tomatoes
- A little heat from fresh jalapenos
- Lots of fresh lime and cilantro
- No cooking required and whips up entirely in your food processor
Making the Salsa
(scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe)
Ingredients You Will Need
- Sweet onion
- Tortilla chips
Food Processor or Blender?
This recipe will work great with either machine! We generally prefer to use the food processor because this lets you control the level of pulsing a little more which is nice when you’re trying to achieve a specific salsa texture. Either machine will absolutely work though!
Tips for Perfect Salsa
- Use ripe in-season tomatoes – using good tomatoes is a must here! Look for fragrant, soft-yet-firm tomatoes for the most flavorful salsa.
- Pulse salsa – be careful not to over-blend the salsa – a little bit of texture is what you want.
- Use fresh lime, cilantro, and garlic – fresh makes a huge difference flavor-wise in this salsa!
Try these ideas for a different twist on this salsa!
- Increase the heat – try using a spicier pepper such as serrano or habanero
- Dial back the heat – alternatively, you can decrease the jalapeno down to 1 for a milder salsa.
- Add fruit – try adding 1/2 cup chopped peaches, pineapple, or mango to salsa before blending for a fruity flavor.
- Make it smoky – add 1 chipotle in adobo sauce to salsa before blending for an incredible smoky flavor.
How To Use Salsa
The sky’s the limit for what this salsa can be used for! Check out our favorites way below.
- Serve with warmed tortilla chips
- Use as a topper for tacos, nachos, or enchiladas
- Spoon on top of taco salad
- Use as a dipping sauce for taquitos or quesadillas
Not gonna lie, you may just want to dig into this salsa straight from the bowl with a spoon. It’s bright, flavorful, and just all the best parts about summer tomatoes!
Your chips for real aren’t about to know what hit ’em.
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Garden-Fresh Tomato Salsa
- 4 medium ripe tomatoes, cored and diced
- 1-2 medium jalapenos, diced (leave the seeds in for an extra kick of heat)
- 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup firmly-packed cilantro
- 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
- 1 small clove garlic, peeled
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Tortilla chips for serving
- Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse salsa several times until everything is finely chopped and salsa reaches your desired consistency.
- Season salsa with salt and pepper to taste and store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy with tortilla chips!
This recipe was updated with new photos and recipe tips on 7/6/23.