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Zesty Salsa

This simple recipe will impress your friends and be a crowd pleaser at your next party. 



Ready In:

10-15 min


About this Recipe

By: Luci Conkling

This recipe is so simple I could probably do it in my sleep. Not many recipes call for cooking your salsa but since I’ve tried this one, I haven’t turned back. Something about mixing your ingredients on a warm stove really unifies all of the flavors and gives you a good medium chunky texture as opposed to a simple pico de gallo. It’s quick and easy and in my experience, you probably won’t have any leftovers. 



  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 red onion 
  • 1 cup of cilantro  
  • 1 jalapeño  
  • 2 cloves of garlic  
  • 1 teaspoon of salt  
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper  

The only thing you really have to do with this recipe is chop the ingredients and throw them into a pan. I don’t like super chunky salsa so I usually chop mine pretty small. Once you put all of your ingredients in the warm pan, the tomatoes will soften slightly and will give you a smoother texture as well. Feel free to add more or less jalapeño for different variations of spice.  

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

The first thing you want to do is chop all of your ingredients. How big you chop it depends on how chunky you want your salsa. 

Step 2

In a medium skillet on low heat, toss in your chopped tomatoes and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. 

Step 3

Once the tomato juice is bubbly slightly, mix in the cilantro. Cook for 1-2 minutes. 

Step 4

Add the rest of your chopped ingredients and mix thoroughly. 

Step 5

You can serve warm if you are pairing the salsa with a warm dish like tacos, or you can let your salsa rest until it is room temperature and then toss it in the fridge to chill. 

Step 6

Pair with some delicious tortilla chips and you are done! Enjoy!

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