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3 Classic Salsa Recipes You Need to Know

May 3 2014 - 4:30am

The next time you're craving chips and salsa, ditch the jar; homemade salsa is surprisingly simple to prepare and worlds more satisfying when made fresh. From tangy salsa verde to crisp, chunky pico de gallo and even a roasted tomato option, we've got the classic covered and then some. Keep reading for the how-to videos and zesty recipes.

Preparing Homemade Pico de Gallo Is Simpler Than You Think

Perfect for a party and ultrasimple to prepare, homemade pico de gallo is a recipe you're bound to trot out time and time again. Fresh tomatoes are the star in this Mexican food staple, so seek out the best and juiciest ones you can find. We used roma tomatoes here, but feel free to substitute whatever variety looks ripest at market. Watch the video to see the technique behind this fresh salsa, then print out the recipe [1].

Bring a Taste of the Taqueria Home With Homemade Salsa Verde

Bring a taste of the taqueria home with our recipe for salsa verde, a tangy tomatillo-based dip that's a perfect pairing for everything from chips to tacos and burritos. Little more separates you from this smoky and spicy Mexican-fare favorite than minimal prep work and a blitz in the food processor, so what are you waiting for? Watch the video and get the easy recipe [2].

Classic Restaurant-Style Tomato Salsa in Minutes

Our personal recipe for quick and easy tomato salsa is so addictive, you'll want to double up and make two batches — that's how fast it disappears. We'll show you how to make a true restaurant-style salsa, and let you in on a few secret ingredients that really enhance the natural flavor of tomatoes. Watch the video to see the classic salsa recipe in action.

Tomato Salsa

Tomato Salsa

Tomato Salsa


2 10-ounce cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
1 serrano pepper, chopped
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
4-ounce can green chiles, drained
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
Juice of 1 lime
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cumin
Pinch of sugar


  1. Combine ingredients into a food processor or blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper; add a pinch of cumin and a pinch of sugar to taste. Blend once more until seasoning is well-incorporated. Serve with chips.

Makes about 4 cups.

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