Easy and Fast Jalapeño Salsa

A spicy, easy and fast jalapeño salsa that is so versatile you can enjoy it with any dish.

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Easy and Fast Jalapeño Salsa

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If you open my parents’ refrigerator it is a guarantee you will find some sort of jar, Tupperware or other container filled with spicy homemade salsa. Whether fresh, pickled or in salsa form my parents have to have chiles with all of their meals. They take special pride in knowing how to use a variety of chiles to make all sorts of delicious, fiery salsas. Some people know which wine pairs best with different foods, my parents know which salsa will liven up and complement a dish.

Although I strive to always have fresh homemade salsa in my refrigerator like my parents, I am not as consistent. However, if there is salsa in my fridge, it is almost certain the one that will be in there is my mom’s “Salsa de Chile Jalapeño.” This jalapeño salsa is super easy to make, I always have the ingredients on hand and it goes with almost anything.

I grew up with this jalapeño salsa and now I love making it for my husband (and eventually for my kids once they are a little older).

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My Mom’s Jalapeño Salsa

To begin, boil two jalapeños and one medium Roma tomato until soft. This usually takes about 10 minutes.

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Next, cut the stems off of the jalapeños and peel the tomato. Place them in a food processor or blender with 1/8 of an onion, a teaspoon of cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, a pinch of pepper, and salt to taste. (You can also boil the onion with the tomato and jalapeños and it will change the taste of the salsa.)

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Then, add 1/8 cup of water (use the same water where you boiled the jalapeños and tomato for extra flavor) and pulse until blended but still chunky. I always start with less water and add more if needed. I am also careful not to over-pulse to avoid getting a mushy salsa.

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That’s it! This pairs great with everything, I especially like it mixed in chicken noodle soup, on eggs, and in ground beef tacos or taco salad.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

What is something you always have in your refrigerator?

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Jalapeño Salsa (Salsa de Chile Jalapeño)

Super easy and fast chile jalapeño salsa that is a staple at my house.

Author: Gemma from Everyday Latina
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 medium Roma tomato
  • 1/8 onion
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch ground pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. Boil two jalapeños and one medium Roma tomato for about 10 minutes, until soft.

  2. Cut the stems off of the jalapeños and peel the tomato.

  3. Place jalapeños, tomato, onion (see notes), cilantro, garlic powder, pepper and salt in a food processor or blender.

  4. Add 1/8 - 1/4 cup of the water used to boil the jalapeños and tomato.

  5. Pulse 4-5 times until blended but still chunky.

  6. Check the consistency of the salsa and add more water or pulse more until chunky, not mushy, consistency is achieved.

Recipe Notes

You can also boil the onion with the tomato and jalapeños for a different flavor.

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  1. Amy

    I have a few jalapeno plants in my garden and am always looking for ways to use them. This looks like it would be so good on an omelette or burger! I printed it. Thanks!

    1. everydaylatina Author

      Thanks Monica! This is the salsa that is always available in our fridge and my parents’ fridge. So easy to make and goes so well with just about everything. Let me know what you think.

  2. Marisol

    5 stars
    This is how I remember my mom making salsa. I was looking for different recipes but I happened to come across yours so I think it was meant to be and just do it this way this weekend.


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