Simple Homemade Salsa

Today we are talking about snacks. There are people out there who think 3 meals a day are the only things to eat, but I am firmly team snacking.

In my *humble* opinion, chips and guac or chips and salsa are some of the best snacks! Flavor and crunch make for a satisfying snack experience whether you’re at a tex mex restaurant or at home. With a mom from San Antonio, TX and a grandma from Mexico, I am used to always having tortilla chips and a jar of salsa around.

tomatoes, jalapenos, and onion on dish towel with texas graphic

Salsa from a jar is totally harmless (and delicious!), but once I heard of my grandma’s homemade recipe I knew I wanted to recreate it. While making something from scratch that can be easily purchased might sound like WAY too much work, it really was just the opposite! This recipe is a simple boil and blend method. I whipped it up so quickly that I was eating chips and salsa at 11am because I didn’t want to wait until lunch! So, yes, it really is quick. I’m not one to fool you.

pot with tomatoes, jalapenos, and onion
This batch was way too spicy- hence the 7 tomatoes in the recipe!

My whole food philosophy is about making eating well simple and accessible. So why in the world would I make homemade salsa? Because food is also about connection and community. This is something I point out often with my clients. When you are sharing a meal with people in your community it is about so much more than nutrition. The food experience is bringing people together and putting a focus on relationships. I think that having family recipes can bring a part of that into your mealtime whether you are with that family member or not. So that was why I tried this recipe! Not to mention, it really is so easy.

Check out the recipe below and let me know if you make it!

Grandma’s Homemade Salsa


  • 7 plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 large white onion
  • 3 serrano peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • salt to taste


  • chop the onion into quarters and cut the stems off of the serrano peppers
  • place the tomatoes, serranos, and 1/4 of the onion in a pot of water on the stove
  • bring the pot to a boil and allow it to cook until the tomatoes "pop" and the skin starts to peel off
  • turn off the heat and strain the contents of the pot
  • peel the skin off of the tomatoes (it should already be coming off)
  • place the cooked tomatoes, onion, and serranos in a blender with 3 peeled cloves of garlic
  • blend for about 20-30 seconds on low speed
  • salt to taste
  • serve with chips and enjoy!