Homemade Hot Salsa

I was always the one who went straight for the store bought salsa (always in Hot) and was hooked. I couldn't get enough of it, it was my go to snack for so many years. When I made the switch to my vegan lifestyle, I double checked to make sure my Hot Salsa was and sure enough, it was! I was saved...until recently. My husband asked if I've ever looked at the back of that salsa (like I usually do with everything else I eat). I said not, hesitating because I knew it couldn't be good.. I was right.

So many unnecessary ingredients! The ones with ingredients that weren't too bad made me wonder, if that's all it is to it, why not make it myself. So I did and man.. why didn't I do this earlier.

It tastes so fresh and leaves you with a BAM with every bite. It's the easiest and fastest recipe, I couldn't believe it was so simple to make and took me so long to do this.


6-7 tomatoes (roma tomatoes work just fine for this)

1 white onion

1 jalapeno

1 bunch of cilantro

3-4 dried red chili peppers (more if you want it really spicy)

salt to taste

5 cloves garlic

juice of 1 lemon


1. Roast 4 tomatoes and dried chili peppers on a hot pan until they begin to roast/blacken

2. In the meantime, add all the other ingredients, except the lemon, in a food processor to chop them up (using a food processor saves you a crazy amount of time, but you can just as easily finely chop it all up by hand).

3. Add chopped ingredients into a bowl

4. Once the tomatoes and dried chili peppers are roasted, add to blender and puree. Mix in with the other ingredients in the bowl and combine well. Squeeze the lemon and adjust salt to taste est voila!

Time to enjoy :)

Helpful note: We're not overly fond of the store bought tortilla chips, so we take corn tortillas and cut them in triangles, sprinkle some salt, and into the oven at 350 for 15 minutes :) No oil, no nothing!

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