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[donotprint] Let me start by saying that I hate tomatoes in their fresh state, even the smell of them gets to me; however, I love ketchup, tomato soup, tomato sauce and salsa…weird I know! So when making homemade salsa, I cannot utilize fresh tomatoes, because I will not eat it nor will I chop the maters because they gross me out! Let me also tell you that we like things spicy, so this recipe it not for someone that likes things on the mild side. However, the recipe can be adapted by decreasing the amount of spicy ingredients you add. In my opinion this is one of the best salsas I have tasted and reminds of the salsa you get at really great Mexican restaurants…not to mention it is definitely far better than the bottled versions at the grocery store! You can also kick this up a notch by adding sweet corn kernels and black beans. I love this recipe because it is so easy to adapt to your own personal taste buds…it is also super fast, easy and delicious! Oh and don’t forget to enter my giveaway!!! Click here for details![/donotprint]


Spicy Salsa

2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
1/2 onion, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon salt
fresh cracked pepper to taste
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon Sriracha (or other hot chili sauce)
2 fresh jalapeños; chopped and seeded
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Place all ingredients into the food processor and pulse until you reach the desired consistency. (I am sure this works just as well in a blender!)

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  1. C says:

    I have been using this recipe for 6 years now…
    my copy of the recipe is all splattered with juices so I came back to print out a new copy….
    Yes! this can be frozen, just as is, turns out very well. It keeps in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
    and YES it can be canned with a slight alteration…. either leave out the cilantro OR use dried cilantro instead in a smaller quantity because fresh cilantro does not work in the canning process.
    I make this both ways and love it. Thanks for a great recipe.

    1. Jamie says:

      Great ideas! I’m so glad you like it!

  2. Sam says:

    Fresh Tomato’s are the only way to go and are MUCH better than canned.

  3. donna jules says:

    do you remove the seeds from the tomatoes if they are fresh?

  4. Mike says:

    This is one of the best salsa recipes I’ve found – only one problem… severe dragon breath!!!!

  5. snaps2721 says:

    Can I can this salsa? or freeze it?