Homemade Fresh Salsa

There’s nothing better than a homemade fresh salsa, especially in the summer when gardens are filled with fresh ingredients. This recipe has become a family favourite and makes it way to the table for taco nights through the summer.

A bowl of fresh salsa with the dish of tortilla chips in the background.

This recipe is our go-to salsa recipe when we have a craving for salsa. It is simple and easy to make and the taste is so much better than any store-bought salsa. And it is chunkier because of the fresh, diced ingredients, making it easier to scoop onto chips.

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Ingredients in Homemade Fresh Salsa

Every ingredient in this salsa is fresh. Usually for us, it is straight out of the garden in the summer months, except for one fruit that doesn’t grow in our area.

  • Tomatoes. We use whatever tomatoes are fresh in our garden for making this salsa. Usually, we have either beefsteak or roma tomatoes and both hold up well in this recipe.
  • White Onions. The use of white onions in this recipe adds a sweetness to the salsa that balances out the acid of the tomatoes. They also add a contrasting colour.
  • Jalapenos. This is where the heat comes in. We have also used poblanos and Anaheim peppers in place of the jalapenos.
  • Cilantro. No salsa is complete without cilantro. Fresh cilantro adds a peppery flavour that complements the rest of the ingredients.
  • Lime juice. This acid balances out all the flavours.
  • Garlic. We like to add garlic, although not every salsa recipe includes this ingredient.
  • Salt. We like to use sea salt in this salsa.
  • Pepper. Freshly ground black pepper.

How To Serve Fresh Salsa

This salsa should be served immediately for best results. The flavours blend together naturally so there is no need to wait for them to come together.

Serve this salsa with tortilla chips for an afternoon or evening snack. It also makes a great appetizer.

This salsa is also very good on tacos, whether it is ground beef, or shredded chicken tacos. It adds freshness to the tacos.

Storing Leftover Homemade Salsa

Any leftover salsa can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. The salsa will get watery the longer it sits because of the juices in the tomatoes.

If you prefer a salsa that can be canned for later use, check out our homemade salsa recipe.

A bowl of fresh salsa with the dish of tortilla chips in the background.

Homemade Fresh Salsa

Made from fresh ingredients this chunky salsa is perfect for BBQ tacos or for an afternoon snack with tortilla chips.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer


  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • ½ large white onion, diced
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 juice of lime
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  • Gently mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or on tacos or fajitas.
Keyword Salsa

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