As with any good sauce, the key is starting with a solid base. For an easy salsa recipe, that of course begins with a ripe, juicy tomato or two. From there, you need a little crunch, a little spice, a little citrus and you’re done! You’ve got your quick and easy salsa base in a few simple steps. As an aside, we know cilantro has a polarizing effect on some, but we keep it for our base recipe—you’re welcome to omit it!
Luckily, salsa doesn’t have to stop there. We’ve got a few of sweet, salty, and creamy variations to play with once you master the original. And, if you’re feeling extra cheffy, try making your own tortilla chips at home!
2 vine ripe tomatoes
1 small red onion
1 teaspoon cilantro
Cut tomatoes into .25–inch dice. Roughly chop cilantro leaves, discarding stems. Peel onion and mince half. Halve jalapeño lengthwise and using a knife tip, discard seeds and finely chop as much as desired. Halve lime.
In a medium bowl stir together tomato, cilantro, minced onion, jalapeño, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt.
Roasted Corn Salsa
Add 1 cup corn kernels
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan over high heat. When oil is shimmering add corn and cook until brown in spots, about 5 minutes. Add to salsa. Taste and add more salt as needed.
Black Bean Salsa
Add 1 cup black beans
Drain and rinse black beans and add to salsa. Taste and add more salt as needed.
Charred Red Pepper and Avocado Salsa
Add 1 avocado, 1 red bell pepper, and ¼ teaspoon oregano
Cut avocado and red bell pepper into ½ inch dice. Finely chop oregano leaves, discarding stems. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan over high heat. When oil is shimmering add bell pepper and oregano. Cook until slightly charred, about 6 minutes. Add avocado and charred pepper to salsa. Taste and add more salt as needed.