Psh, there’s no need to wait until Taco Tuesday to get your fill of Mexican cuisine… In fact, we just consider that deprivation. However, when you’d rather enjoy your favorite dishes at home, it can get a little tricky, but we guarantee that even novice cooks can succeed when they have some easy Mexican salsa recipes on hand. It’s simple—all you’ll need are some fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers, jalapeños, and a few killer spices to kick the flavor up a notch—or 10—depending on how hot you like your food.
Mexican salsa comes in a few different types—we happen to like the smoky and roasted variety as much as the chunky style. And since you’re a pro at dipping your tortilla chips, then the texture won’t affect getting your salsa fix (plus, making a mess is kind of part of it!). So we went ahead and vetted the tastiest homemade dips out there and picked the top three easy Mexican salsa recipes that are a complete cinch to make. Scroll through, take your pick, and then get your chip and dip on, no matter what day of the week it is.
SMOKY ROASTED SALSA
The Hero Ingredient: Tomatillos—aka green tomatoes—add a level of tartness when mixed with the Roma variety.
The Recipe: Rebecca Lindamood’s recipe from her cookbook Not Your Mama’s Canning Book relies on both types of tomatoes (roasted whole), onions, garlic, and toasted guajillo chilies. Blend the mixture, add some salt and sugar, and then cook it up for about 15 minutes.
The Clincher: To keep the taste milder, remove some of the pepper seeds. Alternatively, leave more seeds in if you’re looking for a little zing.
EASY RED SALSA
The Hero Ingredient: A can of fire-roasted tomatoes provides zesty flavor without your having to turn on the oven (we’re sold).
The Recipe: Use a food processor to blend the tomatoes, a serrano pepper, fresh cilantro, lime juice, onion, garlic, some spices, a bit of sugar, and some mild green chilies together to make the perfect salsa.
The Clincher: You can whip this easy Mexican salsa recipe up with eight ingredients in just 10 minutes—how’s that for a quick snack? Make some extra to enjoy the next day or freeze leftovers for up to a month
ROASTED TOMATO SALSA
The Hero Ingredient: A large dry chile pepper is soaked in warm water for half an hour so it infuses the salsa with all of its goodness.
The Recipe: Roast the tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and garlic with some olive oil until the tomatoes wilt. Once cooled, blend together and add cilantro and seasonings. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
The Clincher: Double the recipe and pour this smooth salsa over slow-cooker chicken for easy lunches all week long.