Salsa Picante


Whether you serve this Salsa Picante recipe on tacos or with chips, it will immediately become your new favorite homemade salsa recipe. Fresh vegetables, chiles, and herbs combine for a remarkably flavorful topping or dip.

Salsa Picante
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
2 cups


  • 4 medium tomatoes (about 1-1/4 pounds total), seeded and cut up

  • 1 medium onion, cut up

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro or parsley

  • 1 - 2 fresh jalapeño or serrano chile peppers, seeded and halved

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup finely chopped green sweet pepper (1 small)

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Place tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until coarsely chopped. Add onion, cilantro, chile peppers, and garlic. Cover and blend or process until finely chopped.

  2. Transfer tomato mixture to a medium saucepan. Stir in sweet pepper, lemon juice, oregano, bay leaf, sugar, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until salsa reaches desired consistency.

  3. Discard bay leaf. Cool salsa slightly. Cover and chill for 1 hour to 1 week before serving.

  4. Serve as a dip for chips, as a barbecue sauce or marinade, or as a condiment for main dishes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

6 Calories
1g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 6
% Daily Value *
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 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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