Have you ever made your own homemade salsa? If not, you are going to love this easy blender salsa recipe. It's delicious, easy to make, and perfect for that last-minute party or dinner when you don't have salsa on hand. I love that this is easy to customize with more or less heat if needed. If you have hesitated to make your own before, this is the recipe to try.
Homemade Blender Salsa
This isn't a classic or traditional salsa. It isn't one you would find at your favorite local taqueria, but it is a delicious choice that has most of the same flavors. I would never begin to say this is authentic, but it is similar and is delicious. So, it is definitely worthy of being placed on your list of favorite homemade dips.
I love that this is one of those last-minute easy recipes you can whip up and put into a pretty bowl to take to parties or potlucks. People will rave over how fresh it tastes and you will feel like you are a gourmet chef when you hear their praise. It's just super easy to make and everyone loves it. Why wouldn't you add this to your menu?
What is Different About Blender Salsa?
Almost any salsa recipe can be turned into a blender salsa. The only thing needed is the blender itself. Many salsa recipes are chunkier or have hand minced for more texture. Some are cooked down to soften and then mashed. In this instance, you use the blender or a food processor to process until it is a sauce more than a chunky salsa.
What Should I Serve This Salsa With?
One of the best things about making this is how versatile it is in your menu. Of course, everyday tortilla chips are great for this, but you can also add this into recipes or serve it alongside them. I love them with homemade chips or these crunchy pita chips, but you can dip this with vegetables or crackers too. Below are some of my favorite meals to serve this with or us it in.
- Mexican Tinga de Pollo
- Cheese Antojitos Recipe
- The Ultimate Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas
- Easy Walking Taco Casserole
- 30-Minute Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet
What Are the Best Tomatoes for Homemade Salsa?
I have used a variety of different tomatoes, both fresh and canned. In this recipe, the canned tomatoes are the best choice as they are a nice ripe and rich flavored tomato with just enough juice in the can to really make it the right texture and thickness you want. However, if you are looking for special tomatoes for salsa, below are some ideas that are recommended.
- Canned salsa tomatoes
- Beefsteak tomatoes
- Better Boy tomatoes
- Cherry tomatoes
- Roma tomatoes
What is the Best Onion for This Salsa?
While I tend to reach for sweeter onions more often than not, it is fairly normal to grab a white onion that has a bit of bite when you are making salsa. You can use whatever you have on hand, but I reach for classic white onions for salsa instead of yellow or purple(red) onions. I have seen some use green onions as well with good results. It's okay to experiment to suit your personal tastes.
Can I Add More Heat to This Salsa?
You will love that you can adjust this recipe to fit your own needs better. If you want to serve kids, you may leave out some of the jalapenos. Do you like it hot and spicy? Add more or different peppers. It's super easy to adjust. Just swap out a few ingredients to make it spicier for you.
Below are a few peppers that can be added to your salsa to make it more or less spicy for your needs.
- Diced green chiles
- Banana peppers
- Poblano peppers
- Anaheim peppers
- Serrano peppers
Do I Have to Add Sugar to Homemade Salsa?
While you don't have to add sugar to your salsa, I would recommend it if you prefer a milder flavor. This recipe doesn't have much sugar added, so you can leave it out and then taste after it is pureed to see if you feel like it needs the sugar. If not, skip the ingredient. When it feels a bit too sour or spicy, mix in the sugar!
Can I Pressure Can This Salsa?
Yes. You can definitely make larger batches of this salsa if you wish. It can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week, frozen for up to 6 months, or pressure canned for long-term storage. While I have not personally canned salsa, I know there are many tutorials for how to can salsa that will work great for this recipe. I just recommend that if you have never pressure canned anything, you start with small batches first to make sure you have the process down.
- Diced tomatoes
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How to Make Blender Salsa
Prepare the onion, and jalapeno by chopping the onion into large chunks and removing the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno. Peel the garlic cloves.
Add the onion, jalapeno, garlic, and diced tomatoes to the blender and pulse until mostly smooth.
Add in the sugar, salt, and cilantro and continue pulsing until desired consistency.
Blend in the lime juice and then taste.
If needed, you can add more salt, sugar, or citrus if desired.
More Easy Dip Recipes
Sometimes you just need a fast and easy last-minute dip recipe for a party or a side to a meal. Below are a few favorites including both sweet and savory. Dips are my favorite because you can turn boring food into something spectacular with a bit of extra dip. Pick your favorites and make them to share or enjoy soon!
- The Easiest Homemade Hummus Recipe
- Insanely Delicious Jalapeno Dip
- The Creamiest Blue Cheese Dip
- Super Creamy Nut Butter Dip Recipe
- The Best Brownie Batter Dip Recipe
- Homemade Tangy Guacamole
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes (822 gm)
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ onion, chopped
- 2 jalapenos, seeds removed
- ½ tablespoon sugar (25 gm)
- ½ cup fresh cilantro (8 gm)
- ¼ teaspoon salt (1.5 gm)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice (15 ml)
- Prepare the onion, and jalapeno by chopping the onion into large chunks and removing the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno. Peel the garlic cloves.
- Add the onion, jalapeno, garlic, and diced tomatoes to the blender and pulse until mostly smooth.
- Add in the sugar, salt, and cilantro and continue pulsing until desired consistency.
- Blend in the lime juice and then taste.
- Add more salt, sugar, or citrus if desired.
Add additional jalapeno peppers for more heat if desired.
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