This quick and easy spicy salsa is inexpensive and super fast to make. Plus, the heat level is totally customizable. If you want more spice, then add another jalapeno to the boiling water. Just taste the salsa before you add this second pepper into it—it may be hot enough already!

Prefer your salsa with a little less kick? Then slice open the pepper and remove its seeds and white membrane before boiling. (Don’t touch your face or eyes before you wash your hands!)

We recommend taste-testing the salsa with a tortilla chip because it’s the best way to know if you’ve added enough salt and seasonings. That’s it. ¡Es muy delicioso!

A quick and easy homemade spicy salsa that rivals any authentic Mexican table salsa.

Quick and Easy Spicy Salsa Recipe

This quick and easy spicy salsa recipe is the best! Remember—the heat of a pepper lies in its seeds and membrane, so remove them if you want a mild salsa.


Yield: 8 servings
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  • Remove and discard the cores from the tomatoes and the stem from the jalapeño. Then place the tomatoes and jalapeno in a small saucepan and add just enough water to cover. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the skin has broken away from the tomatoes.
  • Drain the tomatoes and jalapeno and set them aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the skins from the tomatoes and add them to a blender along with the jalapeno. Pulse until roughly chopped.
  • Add the salt, chopped onion and cilantro. Purée until smooth. (This is not a chunky salsa.)
  • Taste the salsa and add additional salt, onion or cilantro if necessary. If the salsa is too spicy, boil another tomato or two and puree it into the salsa to moderate the heat. If you add more tomato, you may also want to add a bit more onion and cilantro, and it will certainly need a bit more salt. Serve with your favorite tacos, burritos, quesadillas or tortilla chips and enjoy!


Double up on this recipe and you’ll have fresh, homemade salsa for the whole week!
Calories: 12kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.03g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g, Sodium: 294mg, Potassium: 151mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g
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