Homemade Salsa

If you like mild salsa, use banana peppers in this recipe. For a hotter version, try jalapeño or one of the alternate pepper choices.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 servings


  • 1 to 2 fresh jalapeño, serrano, fresno, or banana peppers (see Tip)

  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped tomatoes (3 medium)

  • 1 fresh Anaheim pepper or one 4-ounce can diced green chile peppers, drained

  • ¼ cup chopped green sweet pepper

  • ¼ cup sliced green onions

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro or parsley

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice or lemon juice

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon pepper


  1. Seed and finely chop jalapeno peppers. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, Anaheim pepper, sweet pepper, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt and black pepper.

  2. If desired, for a smooth salsa, place 1 cup salsa in a food processor or blender. Cover; process just until smooth. Stir into remaining salsa. Cover and chill until serving time.


Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

To make ahead: Prepare as directed through Step 2. Cover and chill in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

8 Calories
2g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Calories 8
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sodium 27mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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