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Super Simple Salsa Recipe

Chips and salsa has to be my favorite snack. It is one of the few things I will truly crave. My family knows that when I'm at Mexican restaurants I need my own basket of chips and bowl of salsa. So good!

This recipe is my own personal creation after years of experimenting. I wanted something that tasted really good but using store bought pantry ingredients so I could whip some up any time I had a craving. This recipe certainly does the trick!


  • 1 14 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 4 oz can of diced green chilies
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice


  • Add everything to a blender or Cuisinart. Process for 15-30 seconds until combined.
  • That's it. Enjoy!
  • You can stir in chopped cilantro or diced avocado but it doesn't need it.
You may be thinking, why not just find a great store bought salsa? I tried that at first but I couldn't find a single one I liked. They either tasted too much like pasta sauce or they were too salty and not vinegary enough. And the diced onions and peppers usually have a weird flavor and texture. 

The best store bought salsa I could find was Trader Joe's Salsa Autentica. Not only is it cheap, but the flavor is really great and there are no veggie chunks. Just nice, smooth consistency kind of like mine. But I like the flavor of my recipe better and it's a bit cheaper. I can make 18oz for about $2. The Trader Joes salsa is about $2 for 12 oz. 

I'm sure if you give this recipe a shot, you'll ditch store bought salsa for good just like I have.