Chef Jim's Salsa Fresca

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

This recipe came from years of failures and testing. It is the most asked for item at company pot lucks, and church pot lucks

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Note 1 You can adjust the heat.
  2. One jalapeno seeds and veins removed will be fairly mild. 2 with seeds and veins, will be medium.
  3. Substituing Serrano peppers will increase the heat since the Serrano chili is about 3 times hotter than a jalapeno.
  4. The lime should be peeled like an orange.
  5. You will be using the pulp and seeds (since they're small. But if this seems like too much lime, cut the amount in half. In my region of the country, people like the lime flavor) In a food processor (or high speed blender), mix the chili peppers, garlic, lime, and some of the juice from the canned tomatoes.
  6. Blend until your mixture is almost pureed.
  7. Chop the tomatoes and onions fine.
  8. The Roma tomatoes are used because they are nice and firm, the sweet onions are used because they add sweetness without sugar.
  9. The Mexican style canned tomatoes are used because they have the correct seasoning in them already.
  10. Chop the cilantro as finely as you can.
  11. (Big chunks of cilantro take away from the Salsa's appeal).
  12. Mix all the ingredients together, including the reserved tomato liquid, and refrigerate covered for 1 hour (this allows the flavors to blend).
  13. Serve with warm tortilla chips.


Most Helpful

This is one of the best "salsa" recipes I have tried!! It is more like a Pico than a salsa, but everyone that I have made it for, has absolutely loved it! I even grew Roma tomatoes in my garden this year so I could make this and can it.

Lisa Legendre September 20, 2002

Very average, sorry but made half with no chilli for the ones who didnt eat it and the other half as you said and both were very bland and boaring - sorry but not a do again - this is after feeding 10 people - all agree unfortunately.

Caithi Romeo September 06, 2004

I used this recipe for a function and everyone loved it. I didn't hear one complaint.

Jimmy Morelli August 20, 2004

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