Easy Red Tomato Salsa

This is one of those recipes that once I learned I will never forget. I actually got this recipe when I was working in a little Mexican restaurant. For the short period that I worked there I picked up a few really great recipes. Well, I never actually got the recipes. I figured them out by watching the cook 😀 This red salsa is so easy and tastes so much better than anything you’d ever get in a jar.

Easy Red Tomato Salsa | Pick Fresh Foods

Chips and salsa is a staple of game day foods. We can easily eat a whole batch of this Red Tomato Salsa during one game.  If you’re going serve a lot of people, a double batch is a must. 

A little oregano is my secret ingredient in this salsa. It is not a common ingredient in salsa, but I think it adds another delicious dimension of flavor to the salsa. This is one recipe people will begging you to give them 😀


Easy Red Salsa | Pick Fresh Foods

Have you heard of functional foods? These are foods that provide health benefits beyond their nutritional content when consumed. Tomatoes are one of these because they contain lycopene. Lycopene has long studied for its ability to reduce the risk of both cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer. Lycopene works as an antioxidant to protect our cells from free radicals (cause cell, tissue damage, and aging effects) and the formation of LDL fats. 

Cooking tomatoes actually increases their health benefits. While fresh tomatoes contain some lycopene, cooked tomatoes contain more because the heat from cooking breaks down cell walls in tomatoes to release lycopene. 

Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins C, E, and A, potassium, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and soluble fiber.


Easy Red Salsa
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Serves: 2 cups
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ¼ cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  1. Add tomatoes, garlic, onion, and jalapeño into a food processor and pulse until salsa is chunky.
  2. Add oregano, sugar, black pepper and salt to salsa. Pulse a few times to blend.
  3. Lastly, add cilantro and pulse just until salsa is slightly chunky.

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Easy Red Tomato Salsa | Pick Fresh Foods

This is a salsa you can make year round since you don’t need to wait for ripe tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are one thing I always have on hand. Even though the tomatoes are canned they give this salsa a very fresh flavor. These delicious tomatoes combined with fresh cilantro, sweet onion, jalapeño, and seasoning is sure to keep you going back for more.


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Here are a few of my favorite salsas…   Texas Cowboy Caviar | Pick Fresh Foods     Cherry Tomato Avocado Salsa     Fresh Roasted Tomatillo Salsa



  1. Two Healthy Kitchens says:

    Cindy! You’re the best!!!!! I love, love, love the salsa at our “fave mex” restaurant (we actually just call it “favorite Mexican” instead of calling it by name – it’s THAT good!). I have made vague attempts at figuring out how to make their beyond-amazing salsa, but never really succeeded. Something was always missing (hmmmm … oregano, perhaps!?!?). Looking at your pics, I would say your salsa is a dead ringer (my son’s reading over my shoulder and totally agrees). I absolutely cannot wait to make this! You are my hero du jour, for sure! Pinning … and then making this really SOON! Hurray for extra lycopene! 😀

    • Awesome! I hope it has the same flavors. I have a sauce from a restaurant that every time I go I sit, taking taste after taste trying to decipher their recipe 😀 Have a great weekend!

  2. We love salsa and your homemade one looks awesome! I can just imagine how much better and fresher this tastes than the store-bought ones! Perfect for game day :) Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great weekend Cindy!

    • Thanks Kelly! I’ve yet to find something store bought that tastes better than homemade. Plus, this is so easy to whip together with ingredients you most likely have on hand. Have a great weekend!

  3. Sounds yummy! Homemade salsa is the best!

  4. This red salsa looks PERFECT and I can’t wait to try it. Do you think there is any chance I can whip it up in a Nutribullet?

  5. This is such a great idea to use tomatoes in a can. I think this would work great with preserved canned tomatoes too, I’m going to try!

    • Oh my goodness Pamela, if you are lucky enough to have your own canned tomatoes this would be great! Our growing season is so short I can’t get a tomato plant to grow tomatoes. I need a greenhouse 😀

  6. It’s good to know I can make a decent salsa during the year. My kids are all upset that my homemade salsa with fresh tomatoes from the garden is just about gone. Guess we need more tomatoes next year but in the meantime….I can rely on this one. Thanks!

  7. That really is super easy! Thanks for sharing!

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