Make this spicy fresh homemade Mexican salsa in less than 5 minutes!
Homemade salsa is so much better than the store bought one. You know exactly what’s in there and you can decide yourself how spicy you want it. Use small cherry tomatoes as they have more flavor and are less watery than their bigger counterparts. This will make sure you end up with a nice chunky sauce without all that extra water in there. When it comes to spiciness I usually use jalapeño and sriracha for some heat. Although ketchup may sound like a cheap shortcut to use in a salsa, this makes for a perfect smooth consistency and will bring all the ingredients together. Trust me on this!
Whenever I stuff myself with a bag of tortilla chips I made this salsa, just to convince myself that the tomatoes somehow counter out the bad effects of the chips. So, for better or worse, I make this salsa about once a week and serve no Mexican meal without it!
(For 1 small bowl of salsa – enough for about 1 big bag of chips or as accompaniment for 4 people)
- 1 small red onion
- Optional: 1 pickled jalapeño
- 250g cherry tomatoes
- A few leaves of coriander
- Optional: 1 tablespoon hot sauce, like sriracha
- 3 tablespoons ketchup (or barbecue sauce if you prefer a more smoky taste)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
If you use a food processor: Chop and blitz
Peel the red onion and cut it into small cubes. Finely slice the jalapeño into small rings if you want to use some.
Roughly chop or the tomatoes, this will result in a more consistent sauce. I usually cut them in quarters. Roughly chop the coriander.
Combine the chopped vegetables as well as all other ingredients in your food processor and add a generous seasoning of salt and pepper.
Use the pulse function a few times, so that everything gets chopped and mixed up nicely. But don’t overdo it because you want it be chunky.
Taste and add a pinch more salt, pepper and sugar if something is missing for your taste.
If you don’t use a kitchen machine: Chop and chop some more
Follow the same steps as above, put chop the tomato more finely into small cubes. Mix everything well with a spoon.
Serve in a bowl with your favorite (tortilla) chips or Mexican feast!
Let me know in the comments what you think of the recipe! Do you think the sauce is too spicy or just not spicy enough? Ketchup in authentic pico de gallo a cardinal sin? All your comments are welcome!