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Spicy Salsa

This Spicy Salsa is a showstopper! Bring the Tortilla Chips! Just as good as any salsa you will find in your favorite Mexican restaurant.

spicy salsa

One of the many great things about living in Southern California is great authentic Mexican food. I probably eat more Mexican than any other type of food. And what is Mexican food without a good Spicy Salsa?

spicy salsa

I’ve made many different kinds of salsas and Pico de Gallo’s (the chunky version of salsa) over the years, but this salsa is one of my favorites. Very similar to my Chunky Chili Style Salsa, but not as chunky.

spicy salsa

In my opinion, the Salsa served in a Mexican restaurant will pretty much dictate what the rest of their menu will taste like. If you can’t master Salsa, then how the heck will you master delicious Mexican dishes? Think about it and get back to me.

spicy salsa

Going out to restaurants can get expensive at times so when you and your family crave Mexican food, just make sure you try this authentic Salsa recipe and you won’t be disappointed.

Do you ever wonder where Salsa comes from? I mean we all probably figure it’s from Mexico but…? I found this article that explains it all.

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How to Handle Hot Peppers

  • The capsaicin in hot peppers is what makes peppers hot. If you handle hot peppers gloveless, it’s a guarantee that you’re in for a nasty case of chili burn, both on your fingers and anywhere you rub. Like your face. Ouch!
  • Even if you wear disposable gloves, be careful about what you touch. The gloves are going to protect your fingers, but touching any part of your body with the gloves after you’ve handled hot peppers can lead to severe chili burn.
  • Resist the temptation to rub your eyes. Wait until you’ve removed your gloves and washed your hands thoroughly with soap.
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The Scoville Scale is the measurement that tells you the spiciness of a given type of pepper.

Pepper TypeScoville Rating (Heat)
Bell Pepper0-0
Banana Pepper0-500
Poblano Pepper1000-1500
Jalapeño Pepper2500-8000
Serrano Peppers10,000-25,000
Manzano Pepper12,000-30,000
Tabasco & Cayenne30,000-50,000
Habanero Pepper100,000-300,000
Ghost Pepper855,000-1,000,000
Carolina Reaper1,500,000-2,300,000

While several factors come into play, homemade salsa will last 4 to 6 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze salsa in an airtight container or bag for up to 4 months.

You will need the following ingredients to make this Spicy Salsa recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Roma Tomatoes, Jalapeños, White Onion, Red Onion, Fresh Cilantro, Garlic Cloves, Lime, Ground Cumin, Sea Salt and Chili Powder.

  1. Add all ingredients to your food processor and pulse until you reach the desired consistency.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips.
spicy salsa

Spicy Salsa

This Spicy Salsa is a showstopper! Bring the Tortilla Chips! Just as good as any salsa you will find in your favorite Mexican restaurant.
4.59 from 12 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course Salsa
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 40 kcal


  • 6 Roma Tomatoes
  • 3 Fresh Jalapeños, stemmed
  • 1 Medium White Onion
  • 1 Small Red Onion
  • 1 Cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice, or more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder


  • Add all ingredients to your food processor and pulse until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.


→ I recommend wearing disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers. Avoid touching your face.


Calories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gSodium: 403mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 920IUVitamin C: 25.5mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1.1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Jenny says:

    What does “3 Fresh Lime Juice” mean? Juice from 3 limes? Or 3 tablespoons?

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