10 Homemade Salsa Recipes to Spice Up Suppertime

Peach Salsa
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Loren Wood; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

You're going to love these salsa recipes that are ripe for riffs. Add and subtract ingredients depending on your taste to create your very own go-to salsa recipe. Think salsa is just for chips? Think again! While we love the ease of throwing together a simple appetizer for hungry family and friends with one of our salsa recipes, chips, and creamy guacamole, you can also use salsa as a tasty topping on your favorite tacos, grilled chicken, or fish. The possibilities are endless. If you're crunched for time but still want homemade flavor, start with a store-bought fresh salsa and stir in a few fresh ingredients like roasted corn, cilantro, and chopped red onion. If time is no object and you're starting from scratch, we recommend allowing plenty of time for your salsa mixture to chill in the refrigerator and for the flavors to meld. With one of our favorite spicy salsa recipes, you've got a surefire crowd-pleaser.

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Cast-Iron Salsa

Cast-Iron Salsa Recipe
Hector Sanchez

Turn your skillet into a Mexican comal, aka griddle, by slowly charring onions, garlic, and peppers. We like to use this traditional dry char technique because it coaxes sweet, earthy flavors from the vegetables and gives them just a hint of smokiness. For the reddest salsa, use red jalapeño peppers.

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Fresh Plum Salsa

Fresh Plum Salsa
Jennifer Davick

Plums, jalapeño, basil, red onion, and a splash of lime juice come together to create a quick and fruity salsa that you and your family will love. Serve with our Pan-Grilled Chicken for a quick weeknight meal.

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Homemade Salsa For Canning

Homemade Salsa for Canning
Caitlin Bensel

If your own garden (or your farmers' market run) blessed you with "too many" tomatoes, this is the perfect recipe to ensure you can enjoy those beauties for months on end. Cumin and cayenne layered with cilantro and just the right ratio of vinegar and sugar helps this salsa hit the trifecta of tangy, spicy, and smoky. This salsa can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days.

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Pineapple-Pepper Salsa

Salmon with Pineapple-Pepper Salsa and Coconut Cauliflower Rice
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

It's the colorful salsa topping that sets this easy salmon supper apart from the others. Combine pineapple, bell pepper, onion, avocado, cilantro, and lime juice for a fruity, tropical take.

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa

black bean and corn salsa in a bowl with a bowl of chips and some beer
Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely, Food Stylist: Ana Kelly

Summertime is salsa time, but while this recipe calls for fresh corn kernels, you can also make it with frozen corn any time of year.  If you want a touch of sweetness in your salsa, feel free to add in some chopped mango or pineapple. This salsa would be equally good on chips or a Southwest salad.

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Italian-Style Salsa Verde

Italian-Style Salsa Verde
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

This Italianate recipe features jalapeño and banana peppers, parsley, chives, oregano, and garlic. We paired this vibrant condiment with our Pork Tenderloin Sliders, but it would be delicious spooned over steak or in an egg scramble at brunch.

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Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Loren Wood; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Why not pair two of our favorite summer fruits in this peach-and-tomato medley. Before serving, be sure to let this salsa sit to absorb the spices. Serve cold with piping-hot fresh tortilla chips, or use as a topping for your favorite tacos or fish dish.

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Cucumber Salsa

Cucumber Salsa
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

Why should tomatoes get all the love? You'll be enamored with this refreshing dip featuring cucumber, apple, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. A squeeze of lime brings this excellent taco-topper together.

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
Greg Dupree

We serve this fresh salsa over our Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos, but you'll enjoy it paired with any chip or Tex-Mex dish. The recipe is so simple, too: stir together tomato, red onion, lime juice, jalapeño, and salt in a bowl. Chill for at least two hours.

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Smoked Tomato Salsa

Smoked-Tomato Salsa
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

Recipe: Smoked Tomato Salsa

If you're planning a meal with the smoker, blow your guests away with our Smoked Tomato Salsa. This simple salsa has an incredible depth of flavor that can be achieved only by smoking tomatoes and jalapenos. Pour a pitcher of margaritas and pair it with a homemade guacamole. 

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