Family-Friendly Salsa Recipe | Mexican Recipes | PBS Food

When I was in Mexico, I wondered why everything I ate was so delicious. Then I realized that a lot of it came with salsa. I think that was part of the secret! There are many versions, but I love this one.



  • 28-ounc e can of whole peeled tomatoes drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 small jalapeño peppers canned
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin (optional)


  1. Check with a grownup and wash your hands before you begin.
  2. Put all the ingredients, except the jalapeño peppers, into the blender.
  3. Depending on what kind of jalapeño peppers you have, they could be mild or very spicy, so add only a few small pieces to the blender to start off with. Doing it like this will keep it from getting too spicy. You can always add more later if you want it spicier.
  4. Blend the ingredients on "chop" until the look mixed. If you like it chunkier, don't blend it too long. For smoother salsa, blend it longer. Remember, make sure the blender has stopped before you open the lid.
  5. Test the salsa. If you want more of any ingredient, add it, then blend again briefly.
  6. Clean up the kitchen before you enjoy your salsa with corn chips, or on your breakfast taco.


UTENSILS: Measuring cup, measuring spoons, chopping board, knife, and blender