Easy Homemade Mild Salsa Recipe


You'll want to keep this homemade mild salsa within reach at all times.

Easy DIY Salsa Recipe, tomato salsa with chips
Photo: Cara Cormack
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
10 serves

Once you've made your own fresh, homemade salsa (also known as pico de gallo), you might never go back to store-bought. For this easy salsa recipe, start with juicy plum tomatoes—known for their crisp texture—then mix in onion, cilantro, lime, garlic, and jalapeño. As for the heat level, the seeds are the key. Not so into spice? Skip the small white seeds inside the jalapeño. Want to go hot? Keep them in. Serve this easy salsa recipe with tortilla chips, over fish tacos, or to brighten up your morning scrambled eggs.


Cara Cormack


  • 4 large plum tomatoes (about 1 pound), diced (to yield 2 cups)

  • ¼ cup chopped white onion

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 teaspoons minced jalapeño (remove seeds for less heat)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lime juice

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)

  • 1 small garlic clove, minced


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. If you want your homemade salsa to have a smoother texture—more like jarred—pulse half the salsa in a food processor, then combine it with the remaining chunky half. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 5 days.


    Cara Cormack

Chef's Notes

If you prefer a mild salsa recipe, remove the white seeds from the jalapeño before mixing it with the other ingredients.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

11 Calories
2g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 11
% Daily Value *
Sodium 175mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Calcium 6mg 0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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