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The Best Homemade Mexican Salsa Recipe

Updated on May 29, 2016
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Homemade Mexican Salsa
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Authentic Restaurant-Style Salsa Made From Fresh or Canned Tomatoes

Streetlights flickered across the dusty lanes of La Yarada as Gloria flipped tortillas over a fiery comal, which she'd inherited from her grandmother. Ice cubes clinked inside a cocktail shaker as Joshua sloshed a tequila, amaretto and lime juice concoction into salted margarita glasses.

Joshua and Gloria, expats living in Peru, still have a powerful connection with Mexico. Gloria, who was born in the United States to parents of Mexican descent, prepares family recipes passed down from generation to generation.

Before meeting Gloria I assumed that salsa or picante sauce would be too difficult and time consuming to prepare at home. How wrong I was! I´m forever grateful to Gloria for generously sharing her family recipe with us, and thus with all of you.

Gloria's addictive salsa showcases the simple textures and flavors of the region: pungent garlic, earthy cilantro, spicy chili and sweet tomato, all of which adds up to a complex, beautifully balanced sauce. This salsa can be made winter or summer, with either fresh or canned tomatoes. We must warn, though, that it comes with a disclaimer: once you’ve tasted authentic Mexican salsa there’s no going back. The fresh flavor will linger in your memory even longer than it lingers on your tongue. After you see how quickly and easily it comes together, you’ll never again buy flavorless jarred salsa!


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Tips

  • Flash sauté diced onion and garlic for only 10 seconds. If you saute it much longer, the onion will become too sweet and alter the salsa’s flavor.
  • Very ripe Roma or any meaty tomato is the best choice for cooking.
  • Why cook the salsa? Simmering blends the flavors and evaporates liquids, so you won't have a watery mess which is the bane of blended, uncooked salsas.
  • You can choose either fresh or canned tomatoes for this recipe. If using canned, skip to "step 3" of the instructions section.
  • If fresh tomatoes are ripe but still firm try The Best Authentic Pico de Gallo, a delicious fresh salsa recipe.
  • Cilantro is also called Chinese parsley or coriander.
  • For spicy salsa, use a ratio of one hot pepper to three large tomatoes. Rocoto is the chile of choice in Peru, but use any chile available in your area. Add more hot peppers or a pepper higher on the Scoville scale for more heat.
  • For mild salsa try hot peppers lower on the Scoville scale, such as poblano or even bell pepper. Remove all veins and seeds. Offer pickled serrano peppers to guests who enjoy fiery salsa. Buy an authentic brand such as Herdez.
  • For low sodium salsa, omit the salt. Use fresh or low sodium canned tomatoes. Add cumin, extra garlic and cilantro to amp up the flavor. Finish cooled salsa with fresh lemon or lime juice to taste.
  • Fire roast the chiles for smoky salsa, or try Smoke Seasoning Blend pictured in the "serving ideas" section at the bottom of this page.
  • Add a pinch of sugar or a dollop of tomato paste for sweet & thick salsa.
  • Enjoy chilled or warm salsa with chips. Serve warm salsa over hot food.
  • If you prefer smooth salsa, blend sauteed onion and garlic with tomatoes before simmering.
  • Cumin is optional in Authentic Mexican Salsa. Try the cumin for delicious Tex-Mex flavor.
  • If the fresh tomatoes are very juicy, you may need a slightly longer simmer time to thicken up the salsa.


Gloria's Authentic Salsa

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves 6
4.4 stars from 2826 ratings of The Best Homemade Mexican Salsa

Ingredients

  • 6-8 large Roma tomatoes (2 Lbs/1 Kilo) OR 2-14.5 ounce cans whole tomatoes, drained
  • 2 small or 1 medium onion(s), diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 2-3 hot peppers (see tips), seeded and halved
  • 1/2-1 cup (a handful or two) fresh cilantro leaves, to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, optional
  • juice of one lemon or lime, optional
Start with onion, cilantro, tomatoes, garlic and hot peppers
Start with onion, cilantro, tomatoes, garlic and hot peppers
Steam tomatoes and chiles for a few minutes
Steam tomatoes and chiles for a few minutes
While tomatoes are steaming, chop & saute onion
While tomatoes are steaming, chop & saute onion
Blend the veggies and simmer on low for 15 minutes, or until thickened
Blend the veggies and simmer on low for 15 minutes, or until thickened

Instructions

  1. If using canned tomatoes, skip to step 3. If you have fresh tomatoes, add ½ inch of water to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Core and halve tomatoes and set them, cut side up, in the skillet.
  2. While you dice the onions, simmer tomatoes until water evaporates and tomatoes start to soften. Peel and discard any skins that have loosened during steaming.
  3. Toss tomatoes, hot peppers and cilantro into a blender container. Blend until smooth.
  4. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onions and garlic in hot oil for about 10 seconds; just a flash in the pan.
  5. Add blended tomato mixture to the skillet with the onions and garlic and give it a stir.
  6. Season with salt and ground pepper to taste. Add cumin if desired.
  7. Simmer on medium-low for about 15 minutes, or until salsa has reduced and thickened. You may need to increase cook time if tomatoes are very juicy.
  8. You can add the juice of a fresh lime or lemon at this point, although it's not necessary and will temper the salsa's spiciness.
  9. Serve with tortilla chips, enchiladas, tacos, scrambled eggs, quesadillas, etc.

Store salsa in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a week; store in the freezer for up to one year.


Makes about 3 cups of homemade salsa


Servings Ideas:

  • Serve Gloria's salsa and Authentic Guacamole with Homemade Tortilla Chips for a light appetizer.
  • Spoon warm salsa over scrambled eggs or an omelette for breakfast.
  • Salsa makes a healthy dip for raw veggies such as cauliflower, carrot sticks, celery, cucumber slices, etc.
  • Pour salsa over beans and rice for authentic flavor.
  • Stir a teaspoon of sour cream, yogurt or cream cheese into salsa for a quick and tasty salad dressing.
  • Top a baked potato with spicy homemade salsa for a quick, low-calorie lunch.
  • Treat your family to a restaurant-style experience by heating tortilla chips in a 350 F oven until warm. Sprinkle with lime salt and serve with homemade salsa.
  • Make homemade lime salt by grating a little lime zest (preferably with a microplaner) into a pile of salt.
  • Serve warm salsa with enchiladas, tacos, burritos or other typical Mexican fare such as Healthy Grilled Tostadas.
  • An icy, Texan Margarita cocktail is the perfect complement for salsa and chips.
  • Or try a Frosty Pisco Sour cocktail for an exotic Peruvian touch.
  • Learn How to Make the Best Limeade for a great non-alcoholic beverage choice.

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    vespawoolf 6 months ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for taking a peek and for your nice comment, ChitrangadaSharan!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

    Congratulations for the well deserved Hubbie award for this hub!

    Enjoyed going through your evergreen hub.

    Thanks and have a delightful day!

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    vespawoolf 9 months ago from Peru, South America

    Jancd, I appreciate you taking the time to review this recipe. I'm glad you and your grandson enjoyed it and you plan to make another batch. Enjoy!

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    Jancd 9 months ago

    Tried this recipe today. My grandson LOVED it. I thought it was yummy, too. I liked it even better once it had cooled in the fridge. Will be making it again tomorrow!!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Strangeaslife, the acidity of lemon juice lifts and freshens the flavor of the salsa. If you're going to can the salsa, it also increases the acidity level which is important for safe canning. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    strangeaslife 2 years ago

    I noticed you add the lime after cooking. Is that purely for flavor purposes or could it have something to do with creating unsafe acidity levels?

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    K. Michelle 2 years ago

    The salsa recipe looks delicious, I will definitely try it out!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Chris Munn, it's so nice to meet someone with Peruvian connections! What a treat that your wife has introduced you to so many Peruvian favorites. I've found that Peruvians are very proud of their cuisine and every region has their own specialties. I'm glad you found this salsa recipe. It's simple to prepare and my favorite salsa. Thanks for coming by and leaving a meaningful comment.

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    Chris Munn 2 years ago

    I was surfing for a good recipe source & picked a very basic dish. I then looked for one that had not been played with too much, and then I found you & Gloria's salsa. Success! I also started my food journey at a young age, with my grandmother as my tutor& guide.

    After moving from Texas I could not find good Mexican, or Tex-Mex so I started experimenting on my own & with help from my wife & some of her friends. Now most of our Mex & Tex-Mex meals are at home.

    My wife did not start cooking until shortly before moving to the US. She also is from Peru and so the first meal she prepared for me was Aji de Gallina. From Chicha to Pisco & Papa Relleno to Ceviche she has taken me on a gastronomic adventure thru Peru & other parts of South America. We look forward to reading more from you.

    Your new followers, Chris y Marite'

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Pateluday, thanks for the condiment advice!

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    Uday Patel 2 years ago from Jabalpur, MP, India

    A little more of garlic and coriander dash of white pepper. I have been making this since some time. Make a fine paste. I did not know you could store this for a year. Thanks a lot!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks tom yam!

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    Russell Pittock 2 years ago from Nakon Sawan Province, Thailand.

    What a mouthwatering hub. I can't wait to try out some of these recipes and ideas. Many thanks for shareing.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Enjoy DDE! This is a great salsa recipe.

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Hi while browsing online for a recipe to make salsa I came across this one. I am impressed in the simple ingredients used. I will surely try your recipe.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your comment grand old lady!

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    Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

    I love salsa and your recipe sounds yummy. Especially love the ideas of pouring it over omelets and baked potatoes. Fantastic.

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    Abi Helen 2 years ago

    wow, that looks yummy !! :)

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    yum, homemade salsa are still the best

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    IslandBites 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

    Nice recipe! Vote up!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    PegCole17, thanks for pinning this popular recipe!

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    Jacob Robinson 2 years ago

    Great recipe.

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    Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Beautiful pictures with easy instructions. I'll be pinning this recipe to my food ideas board. Yumm!

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    ecofuture 2 years ago

    Great recipe!!! Thank you!!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    VVanNess, I'm glad you're going to try this very popular salsa recipe!

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    Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

    Yum!! I love restaurant style salsa. I've never thought of cooking the salsa to meld the flavors. Genius! I'll have to give this one a shot!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ilikegames, thanks for your comment!

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    Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

    Yum! Makes me hungry just looking at it, I'll try this one for our next Salsa night.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Lesliebyars, this is our go-to salsa recipe and very popular with our friends and family. I hope you can try it sometime! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    lesliebyars 3 years ago from Alabama

    This looks like an easy salsa recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us. I voted up and useful. I love to try new recipes and this looks like a great one!!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    toptenhome, I hope you enjoy this easy and flavorful salsa.

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    Brandon Hart 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    This salsa looks so amazing. I can't wait to try it out.

    Thanks.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Better Yourself, I'm glad you're going to try this popular salsa recipe. We also love salsa and chips and have tried many, but this is our all-time favorite recipe. You can't beat homemade. Enjoy and thanks for coming by.

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    Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

    Great hub, so excited about trying this recipe! I love chips and salsa and store bought just doesn't cut it. Thanks for sharing!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Leastamplbc, enjoy! Thanks for coming by.

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    leastamplbc 3 years ago from Fowlerville Mi

    Never tried this cooked style before, I will now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    SamitaJassi, I'm glad you like the sound of this recipe. I hope you can try it soon! It's so versatile and delicious served with many foods. Enjoy!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    AudreyHowitt, I hope you can try this homemade salsa soon. Enjoy!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    JustAskSusan, thank you for the kind words!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    bestentryDSLR, we just love the Blendtec! What a great machine for making quick and easy salsa. Enjoy this delicious salsa...thank you for the vote and comment.

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    Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

    I am so in the mood for this! Yum!

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    Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I love your recipes and this one is great!

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    bestentryDSLR 3 years ago

    I have a Blendtec and we have a recipe that is in the cookbook that I love. I will be trying this recipe for sure. Voted up!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    mesling, I always enjoy receiving positive feedback on this recipe. As far as we´re concerned, it´s the best salsa around! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    melsing 3 years ago

    love, love, love this recipe!!!! just made it and it is a huge hit!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Vacation Trip, this is a very popular salsa recipe and it's easy to make. Hope you can try it sometime!

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    Susan 3 years ago from India

    Wow.. That looks simply mouth watering. Thanks for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    karinagw, thank you for the glowing report! We also enjoy salsa with a little more texture. Next time you can add more peppers for extra spice. We have several friends who don't enjoy the flavor of cilantro, either. One says it tastes like dirt! So we have experimented with cilantro-less salsa and found a little lime rounds on the flavors. Thanks again for your feedback. Have a great week.

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    karinagw 3 years ago

    Update: Because I was paranoid about the peppers, I actually could have upped them a smidge. OTOH, right now it has a gentle heat which won't burn you out after a couple bites. I did lie though. I omitted the celantro because I am one of those whose tastebuds interpret it as soap. Something tastes like it needs a little more of something, but possibly I mis-measured because the taste is wonderful..I might not whirl the tomatoes quite as much next time though. Boy, this a long comment to basically say Brava.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    karinagw, that sounds like some spicy salsa you´re whipping up! Makes my mouth water just thinking of it. Of course, simmering time depends on burner heat level and the type of pot used. We use a skillet which is shallow enough to make a quick job of simmering. Enjoy the salsa and wine and thanks for your comment!

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    karinagw 3 years ago

    Making this right this very second. Following exactly to start with..except am throwing in a couple of Thai peppers along with the 4 smallish jalapenos...which I may regret...them things are supposed to be killer hot. I will say, that it is taking significantly longer than the 10 minutes prep time for the water to simmer off (step 2), but I'm in no huge hurry....I have wine.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Hezekiah, enjoy the salsa and thanks for your comment.

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    Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

    Nice, never thought of making Salsa myself. Must give it a try.

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    Enrico Billy 3 years ago from shanghai

    en.......looks yummy,I have had that kind of salsa in the hotel,the executive chef was american.I will do it by myself!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    VB News, I know what you mean! Once you've had homemade salsa there's no more eating jarred salsa. Thanks for coming by!

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    VB News 3 years ago

    We have grown the ingredients and made our own fresh salsa for many years! If I brought grocery salsa home, it would sit on the shelf. Great recipe!

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    Alexander Okelo 3 years ago

    Wow, your recipe just made my mouth water, I can't wait to try it out sometime this week. Thank you for sharing, I voted it up and inter sting.

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    Media-gp 3 years ago

    Good

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    Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

    Absolutely Delicious!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Las81071, I do hope you have the chance to try this recipe. It's quick, easy and makes the best salsa we've ever tried. Thanks for coming by!

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    las81071 3 years ago

    this sounds really good. I tried to make homemade salsa one time with out a recipes I did not cook the tomatoes it was a mess. Now that I have a recipes to follow I might just try again. thanks

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    InsightfulTiger, how interesting that your mother-in-law is from Peru. Mexican salsa is so versatile and delicious...thanks for the pin and share!

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    Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

    This looks great! My mother in law is from Peru and she makes ssalsa just like this. It is so yummy! I will pin for later use. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Kenneth C Agudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

    looks very yummy ;-)

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Nicole S, I know what you mean! This salsa is irresistible! Enjoy.

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    Nicole S Hanson 3 years ago from Minnesota

    YUM. I totally want chips and salsa now!!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mercuryservices, thanks for your enthusiastic comment!

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    Alex Munkachy 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

    That is the way they do it in Mexico! Buen Provecho!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    healthyfitness, I'm glad you're going to sample this salsa. It's delicious, easy and healthy. Thanks for your comment.

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    Rick Grimes 3 years ago

    This looks great! I'm going to try it next time i'm feeling mexican

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    cianeko, nice of you to stop by!

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    Cianeko Abueva 3 years ago

    Yummy!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Kevin Peter, I appreciate your feedback! This salsa is very tasty and easy to make, too. Thanks for your comment!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Au fait, thank you for the link! I also appreciate the vote and share. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen

    The step by step instructions in the hub helped me to prepare the Mexican Salsa very easily. It tasted really very good.Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

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    C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

    This looks wonderful and I have to bookmark it! I've added a link to this hub on my "Quick and Easy Mexican Corn In a Cup" hub. Also, voting up and awesome. Will share.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Deborah-Diane, I hope you have a chance to try this with some garden-fresh tomatoes although it's just as delicious made with canned tomatoes. Thanks for your comment!

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    Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

    This sounds like a wonderful recipe. I love that you can make it from either fresh or canned tomatoes. This is a nice complement to your recipe for pico de gallo.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sarahmarie, I always love a good review on my favorite salsa. Thanks for the tip on the seeds. Now my mouth is watering for spicy salsa! I appreciate your comment.

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    sarahmarie86 3 years ago

    I made this and it's amazing! I left Texas about a year ago and have been missing authentic Tex-Mex salsa so much... until I found this recipe! I use 4 jalapenos, and leave some seeds in, to make it a little spicier :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sonya-Artis, glad you're going to give it a try! This is our go-to recipe for salsa. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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    Sonya Artis 4 years ago from Kansas City, MO/Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    I am going to try this next weekend. Thank you for the recipe.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    csbigson, we don't have good salsa in Peru, either, but this salsa is so quick and easy to make. I hope you can try it! Thanks for coming by.

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    Craig Gibson 4 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

    Where I live, it is difficult to find good salsa, so I always make my own from scratch. Your recipe has given me some ideas to try. Thanks.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Hezekiah, I hope you can try this salsa recipe soon! It's our favorite and we make a batch almost every week. Thanks for the vote!

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    Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

    Excellent, I always wanted to be able to mix the perfect blend of Salse to suit everyone. Voted up.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    SidKemp, I'm glad you see the beauty in good Mexican food. I'm sure it's just as hard to find in S. Florida as in Peru! Good thing we can make it at home. : )

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    Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

    Not only delicious, but beautiful. It reminds me of the good old days when I lived in San Antonio. Good Tex Mex is rare in South Florida.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    viewfinders, I hope you can try this with your mom's help. If you have a blender, it's really easy to make. You'll have salsa in no time. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    livingsta, I'm glad you're going to try this salsa--enjoy! Thanks for the votes, share and pin!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Simba, I'm glad you're going to try the salsa. Enjoy and thank you for coming by!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    uknown spy, you find one of my popular Hubs. I hope you enjoy the salsa--it's amazing--and thanks for coming by!

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    viewfinders 4 years ago from God's own country(kerala)

    really good recipe,vote up and thanks for sharing with us.

    may try at home with my mom's help

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    livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thank you for this easy home made recipe. I love salsa too. Going to give this a try.

    Voted up useful, awesome, sharing and pinning!

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    Simba73 4 years ago from UK

    Wow, I'm making salsa today after reading this !!! great hub !!!

    Keep them coming !!

    Simba

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    IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    that is sooo fetch! so amazing. I love the output! im going to try this one! thankkksss!! shared

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    beingwell, thanks for the votes and share. Salsa really is delicious and so versatile. I appreciate your visit!

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    beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

    Voting this up! and sharing it, as well! I seriously adore salsa! I don't eat raw tomatoes...except when you're in a salsa mix! Simply yum!!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    cygnetbrown, this is our favorite salsa. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Thanks for the comment--I really appreciate it.

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    Donna Brown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

    We just finished eating a batch of homemade salsa. That means I get to try your recipe for the next batch!

    xamaria, its not as good, but you could try using dried cilantro.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, my husband loves to eat this salsa on everything from scrambled eggs to pot roast. I hope you have the chance to try it. Thanks for the vote!

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    Looks good and I should eat more than I do. Best thing for a diet as long as I leave out the chips. Voted up.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jackie Lynnley, this really is the best salsa around. Of course, the best ingredients make all the difference. Thank you for coming by!

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    That just looks sooo good. I love anything tomato and I know fresh tomato really make a difference. Thanks for all your good recipes!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    We are so glad you enjoy this salsa. I also like cumin, especially when I make Tex Mex nachos. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.

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    ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

    I have tried a dozen salsa recipes in the past two years. This is the only one my whole family loves. Thank you for sharing. I also appreciate your tips section. And I guess we will never be authentic Mexicans - we just love cumin a little too much!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ghanhams, I always enjoy a glowing review. : ) I'm glad the tips worked out and that you liked the mild salsa. I really appreciate the advice on using sour cream, too. Thanks so much for coming back by!

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    Ghanhams 4 years ago

    Me again !!! I LOVE this recipe !!! I tried it and it was very good. I highly recommend. I halfed the recipe thinking that the original might make too much, now I wished I had done the full recipe so Id have some left over. I did use 3/4 of a jalapeño and a small amount of green pepper. I did not put the cumin because I forgot to get that while shopping. BTW if your using this for nachos DO NOT mix salsa with sour cream, the salsa is very good on its own. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it will be a part of my cooking from now on, no more store bought salsa !!!!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ghanhams, we do use jalapenos for a medium-spicy salsa. If you enjoy mild salsa, try peppers lower on the Scoville scale like Anaheim or Poblano. You can check out the Scoville chart here: http://vespawoolf.hubpages.com/hub/Chili-con-Carne... For a very mild salsa with no spice, you could substitute a red and green bell pepper for the hot peppers. Just like any recipe, practice makes perfect! Be sure to use plenty of cilantro for good flavor. You can also try extra garlic if you're a garlic lover. I hope you enjoy the salsa as much as we do! Please come back if you have any more questions. I'm always happy to help in any way I can.

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    Ghanhams 4 years ago

    Can you use jalapeño peppers? does it make it too spicy? I usually like just mild. Gonna give this a try (first time making salsa)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ozzy955, I'm glad your family loves the salsa! This is a low-acid salsa, and if you were to add enough vinegar to make it safe for canning it would alter the flavor greatly. Since tomatoes are lower acid than in the past and acidity of limes varies greatly, lime juice wouldn't acidify the salsa enough to guarantee safe canning, either. If you are very experienced at canning, some of these guidelines might help you to use a low-acid canning method (usually with a pressure cooker): http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/nchfp/factsheets... However, since I have never canned this salsa I can't personally recommend it.

    Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this salsa will keep for about a week. Another option would be to store it in the freezer in freezer bags or containers for up to one year. I hope that helps. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and enjoy your weekend!

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    Ozzy955 4 years ago

    My family loves this recipe. Can I can this recipe, so we can enjoy it over winter? If not, how long will it last in the fridge?

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Michelelyl, thanks so much for taking the time to come back and leave some feedback. I've found this salsa to be even more delicious when made with good quality canned tomatoes. I bet it was fabulous with all the fresh peppers and cilantro from your garden! Thanks again.

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    Michelelyl 4 years ago

    I made this today using my own canned San Marzano Romas, jalepenos, poblanos,cayenne peppers, cilantro and garlic from my garden! It is absolutely delicious! Thank you!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Iguidenetwork, thanks for taking the time to read and comment! If you think of it, please leave feedback after you've tried it.

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    iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

    Luscious-looking salsa in the picture. I'm going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Cashmere, this is a great way to use up your garden fresh tomatoes. Please drop by and leave your feedback if you think of it. Thanks for your comment!

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    cashmere 4 years ago from India

    This looks amazing, must try it out. Have enough tomatoes at home, need to pick up some of the other stuff though!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ultimatefigher, I'm so glad you and your friends enjoyed the salsa...and all the way from NL! Next time you could try poblano peppers instead of jalapenos since they're milder. You'd probably enjoy the salsa more if it wasn't so spicy. Thanks for taking the time to try the recipe and comment!

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    Ultimatefighter 4 years ago

    Thanks vespawoolf;). The salsa is great! A little too spicy for my spice - sensitive family but great for me and my friends! Cheers from NL, Canada

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sounds great, Ultimatefighter! BTW, I like your name. : )

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    Ultimatefighter 4 years ago

    Okay, thank you! I'm going to give it a try tomorrow and i will let you know:).

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Hi Ultimatefighter. Good question! Since canned already have the skin removed, you wouldn't have to follow that step. Tell me what you think! There's nothing like homemade salsa.

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    Ultimatefighter 4 years ago

    Hi everyone! Making this for the first time. So if you use canned tomatoes rather than fresh do you follow the same instructions? fry in water and peel them?

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wow, that's a long history of salsa eating! GoForTheJuggler, thanks so much for the vote and comment!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    yoginijoy, summer is the perfect time of year to make salsa. Enjoy! Thanks so much for coming by and commenting.

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    Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

    I've been eating chips and salsa since I was 3 years old - great hub, voted up and across!

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    yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

    This looks super yummy! And since the tomatoes are ripe--I am going to give it a try this weekend. Thanks for the great recipes and the yummy looking photos. Take care!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Cclitgirl, homemade salsa is so much more delicious than anything you can buy at a store. I'm glad you like the photos. Thanks so much for taking the time to come by!

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    Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

    Yum! I often make my own salsa. These pictures are fabulous - I can see why so many people are pinning them. This is truly a great hub. AWESOME!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Kelleyward, thanks so much for the vote and stars. I really appreciate it! : )

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    kelleyward 4 years ago

    What a fantastic picture! This looks delicious. Yum. 5 stars! kelley

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Timetraveler2, enjoy the salsa and thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Can't wait to try this one...thanks!...and this was a wonderfully well written hub.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    dobo700, we make it regularly since it's easy and delicious. You can try different hot peppers, extra cilantro and other variations on the basic recipe. Enjoy and thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

    Thanks, I had never evan considered making my own salsa. But after seeing how easy it it I'm keen to give it a go.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Janine Huldie, thanks for taking the time to comment. Enjoy the salsa!

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    Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

    This recipe looks great, My husband loves salsa and chips so I will try this is. Voting it up and sharing!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ionizer2012, thank you for coming by. I enjoy canned serrano peppers since the fresh aren't available here and sometimes add a few to my salsa. Enjoy!

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    Ionizer2012 4 years ago from Kirkland, WA

    Great recipe, I tend to use serrano peppers, though a lot of people disagree with the spice.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ashmeadgray, thank you for commenting. Mexican-Indian fusion sounds great to me! They're also my favorite foods on the planet!

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    AshmeadGray 4 years ago from Washington State

    Fabulous, I'm going to try this! Mexican food and Indian food are the best foods on the planet! Why doesn't someone open up a Mexi-Indian fusion place? ha ha!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Speedy38, thank you for coming by!

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    speedy38 4 years ago

    It looks and propbaly taste great.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Marc Rohde, enjoy the salsa and thanks for stopping by!

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    Marc Rohde 4 years ago from Racine, WI

    I have been looking for ways to use my extra tomatoes. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Om Paramapoonya, thanks for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the recipe...it's both simple and delicious!

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    Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

    Love the opening paragraph! Your photos also look really good. This is absolutely a must-try!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Miss Paula, I hope you and your kids enjoy the salsa. Thank you for coming by!

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    Miss Paula 4 years ago

    This looks really good I'll have to try it my kids love salsa. Very nicely done. GOD BLESS!!!!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    You're welcome, countrysnowflake, and thank you for stopping by!

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    T L Whittaker 4 years ago

    Sounds awesome thanks for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    BethDW, homemade salsa is in its own league, nothing like the grocery store variety. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for taking the time to comment!

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    BethDW 4 years ago

    This looks like a great recipe, I'm excited to try it!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for coming by, Peter Allison, and enjoy the salsa!

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    Peter Allison 4 years ago from Alameda, CA

    This looks fantastic - I'm going to try this recipe this weekend! Thanks

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ytsenoh, thank you for dropping by! Enjoy the cilantro.

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    Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Sharing this. Appears simple enough (less time) to make and love reading ingredients I can almost smell. I love cilantro! Thank you.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Johnakc, thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    johnakc 4 years ago from New Delhi

    Very yummy..

    I am fond of food and different tasty tasty dishes.

    Keep on sharing such a nice dishes recipes.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Eleanorluna, thanks so much for your feedback. I've always used 6 tomatoes, but perhaps the Romas here in Peru are a bit larger. I'm glad to know of the adjustment and hope you enjoy the salsa!

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    eleanorluna 4 years ago

    This recipe was really easy to make, but the number of Roma tomatoes called for should be 12, not 6, if using a 28 oz. can of tomatoes, there would be 12 tomatoes in the can. I was able to get two 16 oz. canning jars from the recipe and can't wait to have homemade salsa at home.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mercia Collins, I hope you enjoy the salsa and thank you for stopping by!

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    Mercia Collins 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    What an inspiring hub, I have to try this recipe.

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    buckleupdorothy 4 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

    Oh, I've been dying for good spicy salsa - I've added this to the recipe book and look forward to making bi-monthly batches! How well would you say it keeps?

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    It's nice to meet a fellow salsa lover, Marina Lazarevic! I hope you enjoy the recipe. You might like the addition of fire roasted habaneros for an extra-spicy salsa. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    Marina 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

    I love salsa (the spicier, the better) and have always assumed it's too time consuming to make at home. I'm going to take a stab at this. Thanks for sharing!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    How nice you can put your homegrown tomatoes to good use, and with an authentic recipe! Thank you for stopping by, sgbrown.

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    This salsa recipe sounds great! Actually it sounds much like our salsa recipe. My hubby and I make our own salsa every year with our home-grown tomatoes. Very little difference in recipes. It sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing! :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for coming by and commenting, Olde Cashmere! BTW, that's a true story. : )

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    Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

    I have a cousin who would go crazy over this recipe. I myself love salsa and this is an excellent and delicious looking recipe. I loved your short story at the beginning as a set up for the recipe. Voted up, awesome, and useful (: Thanks for a great hub.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for dropping by. It's always nice to see your face. : )

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Well, I won't know if this is the best until I try it. But it sounds delicious. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you, Peggy W! I love swapping recipes with you. : )

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I love eating salsas! Thanks for this easy and delicious sounding recipe and the suggested alternatives. Useful vote and tweeting.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you, KoffeeKlatch Gals! Enjoy the recipe and thanks for your comment.

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    Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Your salsa sounds like something my niddle daughter would love. I am sharing your recipe. It sounds delicious.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    The uncooked is often called "pico de gallo". I love it, too, but the cooked is another delicious option. Thanks for dropping by, anginwu, and for your comment!

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Glad to learn from the best. I make salsa too but I don't normally cook mine. Thanks for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I'm glad the mint will work for you. I wouldn't use more than 1/4 cup of mint so it's doesn't overpower the salsa. Please drop back by sometime and tell me what you think.

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    xamaria 5 years ago from Deep space

    Mint seems like the best option. Basil and all that costs a lot! I'll give this a try soon ;) thanks!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    BakingBread-101, thanks so much for dropping by and for being kind enough to point out my numbering error. It has been corrected. It's nice to meet another salsa lover! Funny you should mention a tortilla hub. I have plan to write one within the week. Thanks for the comment!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for commenting, jiro.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for a good question, xamaria. Some people don't like the flavor of cilantro, anyway, so if that's the case or it's not available just substitute flat-leaf parsley. You could also try half parsley/half mint. It won't have the same flavor but the mint will add some freshness. Another possible substitute is basil, which always pairs well with tomatoes. Please let me know how it goes.

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    BakingBread-101 5 years ago from Nevada

    Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy and even more Yummy! I've been making this salsa with green chiles but less jalepenos (my tongue and tummy can't take them) for approximately 30 years, except always cold. It never dawned on me to serve it hot. This is awesome salsa! I didn't know I was making authentic salsa. Wow!

    All you want to do with the onions and garlic is get a quick sizzle, stir a couple of times, and they're done!

    Vespawoolf, may I note to you that you have two step 2s and that might be confusing to some. Yummy hub! Now I have to look to see if you have a hub on how to make tortillas!

    By the way, great pictures!

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    jiro 5 years ago from India

    Thanks the recipe. looks good

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    xamaria 5 years ago from Deep space

    Heavenly!!! Seems easy enough! The only thing I couldn't really get here is the cilantro leaves. Any substitute for that?

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    You won't be sorry! Please drop back by and tell me what you think. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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    Tony 5 years ago from Ohio

    I will have to try this. I grow peppers and onions in season and use them for making my own hot sauces. For some reason, I've never made a salsa. I'm thinking that needs to change.

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