Fresh Salsa Fresca!

Salsa FrescaWhen seated at your favorite Cantina, aren’t you anxious for that basket of tortilla chips and bowl of salsa? I know I am! And when our girls were little we’d always tell them, “Don’t fill up on the chips and salsa, you’ll spoil your dinner.” Well clearly I need to practice what I preach because every time, I end up having a to-go box with my leftovers! If you’re not up to heading out to a Cantina but you’re craving that dip we all can’t you go!Salsa Fresca I pretty much make this once a week! It’s easy and oh so fresh! Create your own Taco Tuesday in your family’s “Cantina”! Don’t forget the chips!

Salsa Fresca

Salsa Fresca

Author Debbie


  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves chopped (or more depending on your liking)
  • 1 to 3 chile peppers* Serrano, Jalapeño or yellow….whichever I have on hand
  • 1/2 of a large onion quartered (I use whatever I have…yellow or white)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 roma tomatoes quartered
  • Tortilla chips

*Depending on how spicy you like your food. See the Gr8 Tip below on Chili Peppers.


  1. In the bowl of your food processor or blender place your cilantro, chiles, onions and salt and coarsely chop.

  2. Add the tomatoes and pulse to coarsely chop.

  3. If the mixture is too spicy hot, add more tomatoes. If not spicy enough, add more of the peppers.

  4. Adjust seasonings to your taste.

  5. Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Gr8 Tips:
  • Cilantro: I use majority leaves, but the stems don’t bother me….It’s all getting chopped and pulsed!
  • Chile peppers: The heat of the chile peppers is hit or miss. Some say they’re hotter in the winter. I’ve never found that to be true. To check the heat (and to decide how many peppers you can handle) I slice it and touch my tongue to the flat side of the knife (be careful!) Too hot? Maybe start with 1/2 the amount of chiles. I never devein or take out the seeds! The seeds are where a lot of the heat comes from so whether you use them or not depends on your heat tolerance!
  • I taste test with a tortilla chip while the salsa is still in the the blender or food processor bowl. That way, if I need to adjust the seasoning, I can adjust before I transfer it into my serving bowl.
Gr8 Serving Ideas: 





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