February 3, 2011

Karen’s Speedy Homemade Salsa

Karen's Speedy Salsa Recipe

So frequently disappointed by store bought salsas, I decided to make my own. This recipe is inspired by the salsa served at my favorite mexican restaurant, El Gordito in Murrieta, CA. I’m in no way claiming this is a copycat recipe. I’m not that good! If you live in the area, head over there and try it out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did! If you try my salsa, let me know what you think! I’d also love to hear about any alterations you would make.


15 oz. can of Hunt’s tomato sauce
1/2 of a jalapeno, chopped (more or less depending on how hot you like it)
1/8 tsp fresh chopped garlic
dash of black pepper
dash of sea salt
3 green onions, washed, roots trimmed off and roughly chopped
1/8 cup fresh cilantro leaves


Add tomato sauce to blender. Gradually add jalapeno and puree in 1 minute increments, taste testing the spiciness using a chip. When desired heat level is reached, add garlic, pepper, sea salt, and puree for 1 minute. Last, add green onion and cilantro. Pulse until blended, leaving green onions and cilantro a bit chunky. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes or more to allow flavors to blend.

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  • JR

    Hi Karen,
    This sounds great and I’ll be trying it soon. However, I will substitute a couple of fresh tomatoes for the tomato sauce as I’m staying away from as many processed foods as I can. I lived in L.A. most of my life and in your area for almost 10 years. I’m not sure if this restaurant was there at that time or not. In any event, I have heard of it but never been there. Will try it out next time I’m down that way. I so enjoy all of your emails with the great bargains. And the pictures of darling Moxie and your kids. Do take care.

  • Thanks, JR! 🙂

  • Rosemary Simm

    Karen, This recipe is so easy and good. I used cilantro from a tube that is already made into a paste, never any waste like buying fresh leaves.
    Thank you so much for thinking of your viewers. Love following your family adventures. Rosemary

  • Thanks for the tip on the prepared cilantro, Rosemary! I will look for that next time I’m at the store.

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