Authentic Mexican Style Salsa

Fresh and spicy Mexican Style Salsa made with diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice. Blend to desired consistency and serve with chips or tacos. Try it now!

Get ready for a flavor explosion! This authentic Mexican-style salsa is a vibrant blend of fresh tomatoes, zesty lime juice, and a hint of spice from the jalapeño pepper.

With a perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and spicy, this salsa is sure to elevate any snack, meal, or gathering.

Ready Time

20 mins


5 servings


  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes (about 2 large tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • Salt, to taste


Start by chopping those gorgeous tomatoes into small, uniform pieces.

You should end up with about 1 cup of diced tomatoes.

Set them aside for now.

Next, dice the red onion into small pieces.

You’ll need about 1/2 cup of it.

Yes, it might make your eyes water a bit, but it’s worth it! Now, chop the fresh cilantro leaves into fine pieces.

You’ll need 1/4 cup of it.

You can’t have Mexican salsa without cilantro, right?

Take the jalapeño pepper and remove the seeds and finely chop it.

Yes, it’s spicy, but it adds so much flavor! In a blender or food processor, combine the diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño pepper, lime juice, cumin, smoked paprika (if using), and salt to taste.

Blend everything until it reaches your desired consistency.

Some people like it smooth, while others prefer it chunky – it’s up to you! Taste the salsa and adjust the seasoning if needed.

You might want to add more lime juice, salt, or even a bit more jalapeño if you dare! Transfer the salsa to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

This will give you a chance to let the flavors settle and meld together beautifully.

Serve the salsa chilled or at room temperature.

You can use it as a dip for chips, a topping for tacos, or even as a sauce for your favorite dishes.

This recipe makes about 5 servings, so feel free to share it with friends and family, or keep it all to yourself (we won’t judge!).


Use fresh, ripe tomatoes for the best flavor.

If using smoked paprika, feel free to adjust the amount to your taste.

If you don’t have it, omit it or substitute with regular paprika.

To reduce the heat, use only half of the jalapeño or omit the seeds.

You can also add a diced mango or pineapple for a fruity twist.

For a spicier salsa, add more jalapeño or use hotter peppers like habanero.

Experiment with different types of peppers for unique flavor profiles.

Store leftover salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrional Value

  • Calories: 45
  • Total Fat: 0.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 1g
Authentic Mexican Style Salsa
Authentic Mexican Style Salsa

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