Traditional Mexican Salsa

  • Preparation 15 MIN
    Cooking 8 MIN
  • Makes 625 ml (2 1/2 cups)



  1. In a saucepan, heat the oil and sauté the peppers, onion, cumin, paprika and ground coriander for 2 minutes over high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Add the lime juice, tomato paste, sugar and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Add the cilantro. Refrigerate for at least half a day before serving. To preserve, freeze or sterilize the salsa jars for 20 minutes in boiling water. Serve with nachos and other Mexican dishes.


Off-season, you can prepare this salsa with canned plum tomatoes (about 1 can of 540 ml/19 oz), but you will have to decrease the amount of salt you add because canned tomatoes are seasoned. However, this salsa is better with fresh tomatoes.

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Nutrition Facts

For 60 ml (1/4 cup)

Content % Daily Value
Calories 46  
Total Fat 2.9 g  
Saturated Fat 0 g  
Sodium (salt) 21 mg  
Carbohydrates 4 g  
Fibre 1 g  
Protein 1 g