Basic Chunky Salsa Recipe

Salsa is one of the easiest raw snacks to prepare. It's just lots and lots of chopping. To be honest, my food prep skills could use some work. I spend a good amount of time learning to be a better food chopper. Like this little bit of cilantro chopping genius. For some reason when I'm baking I really get into the artistry of mixing the ingredients. I just generally enjoy the whole process. Chopping, for me at least, is a whole different story. I find it kind of tiresome, but I'm convinced once I learn a few more tips and ticks I'll get right into the flow of this whole chopping thing. I've also heard that awesome knives make all the difference. 

Due to my lack of food prep skills, I pulsed my salsa in the food processor to give it a more consistent look. If you're an excellent food chopper you probably won't need a food processor at all. 


Funny story: My pictures were coming out a bit blurry. I really couldn't figure out why. Turns out I turned the stabilizer off on the lens, while I was switching it to manual. So, I compensated by upping the old contrast and brightness. If your pics are coming out blurry, check to make sure your lens is stable, and save yourself the mystery. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 5 medium vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro - I like lots of cilantro. If you're not as big on it, start with 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup of red onion
  • salt to taste
  • Juice from two limes 


  • Coarsely chop cilantro, tomatoes, and onion.
  • Place chopped ingredients in a large bowl add salt and lime juice. The reason I say salt to taste is because, I use it in heaps and bounds. Seriously, I might add a whole tablespoon of it (ok, not really) when I make my own. Just add the salt in slowly, stir, taste, add if needed, stir, taste. You'll get it the way you like. 

I served mine with homemade tortilla chips

Easy, right? Like I said before, if you don't have masterful chopping skills, a couple pulses in a food processor with be your best friend. Just make sure to keep it on a low setting and don't over do it, because you'll end up with a more liquid-y (albeit also delicious) salsa.

If you want to make your basic salsa less basic try adding:

  • 1/2 cup avocado, mango, corn, bell pepper, or peaches.