Fresh Spicy Salsa Recipe

April 4, 2020
Sheila's Fresh Spicy Salsa in a bowl

This healthy and delicious salsa recipe. comes together in just 20 minutes. I love fresh homemade salsa. I serve with warm tortilla chips, or use in my Salsa Chicken recipe.

I use fresh tomatoes, yellow onion, bell pepper and a jalapeno for this recipe. Fresh tomatoes are always best, but in a pinch ,you can use canned tomatoes. Hope you love this delicious salsa recipe.

I have tried several recipes for fresh salsa, and this one is one of my favorites. I enjoy this salsa for breakfast on my scrambled eggs. Enjoy!

Sheila's Fresh Spicy Salsa served in a bowl and on a plate.


1 T. extra virgin olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, diced small
1 medium green bell pepper, diced small
1 medium jalapeno, finely chopped
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
½ t. dried Mexican oregano
¼ t. smoked paprika
¼ – ½ t. crushed red pepper flakes
¼ c. water
2½ T. fresh lime juice
2-3 T. fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Sheila's Fresh Spicy Salsa in a bowl

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion and peppers become soft, around 4-5 minutes.

  2. Add tomatoes, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and water. Stir to combine and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 4-5 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Once slightly cool, puree mixture with an immersion blender, leaving slightly chunky, or transfer to a regular blender or food processor and pulse a couple of times until just blended.

  4. Transfer salsa to a bowl and stir in fresh lime juice and cilantro. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!


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