Enjoy this Easy Salsa Recipe! I’m not kidding when I say this is the easiest salsa you’ll ever make. Oh and delicious too! The base it’s tomato sauce and doesn’t call for roasting or a blender.

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Simple Salsa Recipe

Move over, restaurant salsa! This homemade version is super easy to make, and it tastes far better than any store bought kind. It can be used on anything from eggs in the morning, chips & salsa to grilled chicken at dinnertime.

There are times that you don’t feel like fussing with lots of ingredients to make a quick recipe right? Well this one is perfect for those times!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • So healthy – It’s packed with protein, it’s low fat and low calories.
  • So flavorful! – The adobo that coats the soy crumbles packs a ton of flavor.
  • Perfect for meal prep – It lasts in the refrigerator and there are many different ways to cook with it!
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This easy recipe is super simple to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A can of regular tomato sauce. Any brand will do.
  • Cumin powder – For that warm flavour with a nutty element.
  • Kosher salt – To balance all of the flavors
  • Red chili flakes – This is what gives the heat!
  • Ground dried oregano – With its fresh, aromatic flavor, it adds something special to this recipe.
  • Garlic powder – It adds a nice kick.
  • Fresh garlic – For an extra layer of flavor.
  • Fresh lemon juice – To make it zippy and bright!
  • White vinegar – For tangy depth of flavor.

**Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

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How To Make This Easy Salsa Recipe

Check out how easy it is to make this recipe! You know what takes the longest to do? Chop the garlic clove! Everything else takes no time to put together.

Step 1. Start by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl. With a spoon or spatula mix everything well.

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Step 2. Let stand for 3 hours to allow the flavors to come together.

Step 3. Devour!

What to serve with

This homemade salsa is excellent with Tacos or to scoop with Totopos (Tortilla Chips).

It also goes perfect with:

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How to Store

  • Fridge: Store in refrigerator in an airtight container or glass jar for up to 2 weeks. Stir well before using again
  • Freezer: Freezing salsa is easier than you think! It’s the perfect way to preserve the fresh taste. Plus, you can enjoy it for up to 4 months
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Mexican Salsas To Try:

If you love this easy salsa recipe, try one of these homemade salsas next:

If you make this recipe be sure to leave a comment and rating in the comment section below. Buen Provecho!!

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Easy Salsa Recipe

Servings 4 (1/4 cup portions)
Ana Frias
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
This Easy Salsa recipe is SO easy to make! With its zingy, bright and delicious flavor, it'll be a crowd pleaser! Triple up the recipe for any gathering as it'll disappear in no time.
4 (1/4 cup portions)


  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 large garlic clove (about 3 teaspoons) finely minced.
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (juice of half a lemon)
  • 2 teaspoon white vinegar


  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Let stand for 3 hours to allow the flavors to come together.
  • This salsa is excellent with tacos or as a dip for tortilla chips.

Muy Delish Notes:

Store in refrigerator in an airtight container or glass jar for up to 2 weeks. 

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Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g

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  1. 5 stars
    Best home made salsa I’ve come across. I cut the red chili flakes amount in half, only because I like a more mild salsa. Also I add a teaspoon of honey to give it slight sweet taste on the palet. I also add a full hand of finely chopped cherry tomatoes to bring up the bulk a bit. Can’t go wrong with this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I have been craving this style of salsa since I moved from Arizona years ago and finally found one to help with my craving! I added a little more crushed pepper because I wanted it super spicy. SERIOUSLY easy and delicious to make! Thank you!!

  3. This sounds good and I’ll try it tomorrow but is 2 tablespoons of chili flakes to 8 ounces of tomato sauce correct? Sounds like fiery overkill and I like heat.

    1. Hi Sandra! I used 2 tablespoons (not packed) and it has a kick but not too bad actually. Start with one if you like and go from there. My hubby that doesn’t eat too spicy was okay with the amount of heat.