How to Make Salsa in the Food Processor

Salsa in a jar is usually an underwhelming experience, which is why making your own is such a good idea. Not only is making salsa very easy, but you are going to end up with something really delicious which you will be proud to serve with your tacos, fajitas, Mexican salad, or even with a bowl of your favorite chips, for dipping. Learn how to make salsa in the food processor and you can whip this up in mere minutes whenever you want it.

Low Calorie but High Flavor

Because tomatoes are very low in calories and they are the main component of the dish, salsa is a great choice if you want to make a low calorie dip. Knowing how to make salsa in the food processor is a great skill to have. Just make sure you have plenty of chips too.

Salsa makes the most delicious treat and it keeps for a few days after you have made it, although giving it a stir before serving is a good idea. I usually make enough for several days then end up eating most of it because it is so good! My husband also really likes it. Well actually who doesn’t like salsa?

I never made salsa before I had a food processor but it’s like the food processor is just made for making salsa. Just throw in the ingredients and pulse until the mixture is the consistency you want, anything from rustic and chunky to super-smooth. The choice of course is all yours.

You will find you already have most, or all, of the ingredients, so if you are in the mood for homemade salsa why not whip up a bowl of it? In about 5 minutes time you will have the most delicious dip to tuck into, with your choice of chips or crudites.

How to Make Salsa in the Food Processor: Staple Salsa Ingredients

Staple Salsa IngredientsTomatoes are the main ingredient of tomato salsa, of course, although there are other varieties featuring corn or black beans for example as the main ingredient.

This salsa recipe is one I have made a number of times and each time I am really pleased with how it comes out.

The color is vibrant red while the cilantro stands out vibrant green. This salsa not only tastes fresh but it looks and smells really fresh too, and that appetizing aroma is sure to make you want to whip up a batch of it.

How to Make Salsa in the Food Processor: Making Tweaks

Feel free to tweak the recipe. I usually use a pinch of sweetener instead of the sugar and chili powder rather than fresh chilies, unless I happen to have some.

This recipe makes a large quantity so you will need a big food processor. Else it is easy enough to halve the recipe and make less of the salsa. It is quick to make but do give it an hour in the refrigerator (at least) before serving, to maximize the flavor.

I usually make mine chunky but you can go for a smoother finish if you wish. It is your salsa after all.

Of course if it is too chunky you can pulse it a few more times but there isn’t much you can do if you over-process it. If that happens you will just need to eat it smooth!

How to Make Salsa in the Food Processor
Few dips are as famous or delicious as salsa, especially when you make it yourself. A food processor is your best friend when making something like this, and the process is quick and simple.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Dip
Serves: 12
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 28 oz (800g) can tomatoes in juice
  • 20 oz (560g) Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • ½ cup (25g) cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 thinly sliced jalapeno chili
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ¼ chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ teaspoon white sugar
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  1. Put all the ingredients in the food processor.
  2. Pulse until you have the texture you want.
  3. Chill for at least an hour before using, to let the flavors blend and soften.
You can choose the texture for this, smooth if you want it smooth or chunky for a more rustic finish. Just keep pulsing until the texture is right.


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