One of the best parts about visiting an authentic Mexican restaurant is the unlimited chips and salsa. How many times have you filled up on this delicious appetizer before even ordering your meal? Many of us crave the saltiness of the chips mixed with the chopped fresh vegetables. The greatest part about salsa is how you can use it on so many different things and change up the flavor. Making salsa at home is easy and fun. Let us help you create a delicious homemade salsa recipe!

Homemade Salsa

There are so many different varieties of salsa. Salsa can be cooked, like those found in the jar at the grocery store, or prepared from fresh ingredients shortly before serving. Salsas can have a thick or thin consistency with a myriad of ingredients. Salsa may also range in spiciness, or may be sweet and fruity. Creating the perfect flavor depends on your taste preference. Try these tips below when making your homemade salsa and create your own masterpiece!

  • Salsa is usually made from sweet and hot peppers, onions, tomatoes and/or tomatillos, garlic, and cilantro, seasoned with salt and lime juice.
  • Always choose the freshest ingredients when creating your salsa.
  • When making salsas with tomatoes and/or fruits, choose fruits that are at their peak ripeness.
  • Salsa can easily be made with canned diced tomatoes any time of the year.
  • Add fresh chopped cilantro or fresh chopped jalapeños to taste.
  • Add a teaspoon of smoked paprika to a cup of salsa for a smoky finish.
  • Mash an avocado with 1/2 cup salsa for a quick guacamole.
  • Make a fruit salsa by adding watermelon, pineapple or peaches.

Try pairing your homemade salsa with more than just tortilla chips. It’s also great on fish or poultry dishes. You can even serve it with your eggs for breakfast!

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo [pronounced Pee’ Koh de Gah Yoh] may be made using similar ingredients to salsa. It may  also include cucumbers, tropical fruits including mango or pineapple, corn or other ingredients not typically found in other salsas.  Pico de gallo is always fresh and is chunkier and drier than salsa. You can even eat pico de gallo as a salad.

Try these tips when making your own pico at home!

  • Try adding grilled peaches, pineapple or mango
  • Always use the freshest ingredients and try getting them at season’s peak
  • Add cooked shrimp for an elegant appetizer
  • Add fresh chopped cilantro or jalapeños to mix up flavor intensity

Our Recipes

If you’re not in the mood for experimenting with flavor and you want a delicious recipe, check out ours!

Grilled Pineapple and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

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Roasted Corn and Plantain Salsa


Pico De Gallo
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You don’t have to wait for your next visit to your favorite authentic Mexican restaurant. Whip up some of your own homemade salsa to fill your next craving. Share your favorite salsa recipes with us in the comments below!

Monique B.

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Monique B. began her journey at Publix in 2010, where she fell in love with the fact that, as an associate, she was also part owner of the company. Since then, she has dedicated her skills in organization and creativity to Publix, taking a special interest in social media. At the end of the day, she hopes The Publix Checkout leaves you with the knowledge that Publix is more than just a grocery store – we’re experts, we’re family, and we’re here to help!

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