Red Tomato Salsa

by Erica Dinho on March 9, 2010

Who doesn’t like salsa with tortilla chips?

Here is a quick and easy to prepare appetizer that is tasty and fun to make. The salsa will keep for up to a week, covered, in the refrigerator.

Enjoy it!



  • 1(28 oz) can whole tomatoes
  • 2 cooked tomatillos
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup onion
  • !/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon applecider vinegar
  • 2 jalapeño peppers
  • Salt to taste


Place all the ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth.

Adjust the seasoning and chill until ready to serve.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bo March 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM

I’m a big fan of chips and salsa!!!


2 Kim March 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

This looks delicious, just how I like my salsa. I wonder if it is good and spicy with those 2 jalapenos? Yum!


3 Erica March 9, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Kim- It is spicy!


4 KennyT March 9, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Your salsa looks so flavourful, the colour simply enhances appetite


5 Luigi March 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I will keep this recipe, I love Salsa. I like the idea of using an Apple Cider Vinegar, interesting.


6 Ren March 9, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I have never understood the use of tomatillos. Now that I live in the SouthWest I see these a lot but growing up in Toronto I never did. How do they change the flavor of the salsa?


7 ruth March 9, 2010 at 1:16 PM

wow, never thought of adding applecider vinegar! What a great contrast of flavours happening here!!


8 Jhonny Walker March 9, 2010 at 1:39 PM

I have applecider vinegar that I bought ad never really used.Thanks for this gorgeous Salsa dish..I am so tempted to open that bottle now :)


9 Baking is my Zen March 9, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Great combination!


10 Velva March 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM

This is a great tomato salsa recipe usng canned tomatoes. Delicious!!!


11 Erica March 9, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Thank you everyone!


12 Rachana Kothari March 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

I love chips and salsa and your pic is great!


13 rebecca subbiah March 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

wow you can’t beat a good salsa


14 Nicole @ Making Good Choices March 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM

This salsa looks SO good – I haven’t tried to make my own, but it’s one of my fav things to eat!


15 grace March 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

looks great, erica! salsa is something i much prefer to make myself rather than buy at the store–i like it thick and chunky and SPICY. ;)


16 Chris March 9, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I love a good fresh home made salsa, you can’t beat it. I just need to learn how to make my own tortillas and then fry some at home because I can just imagine how good that would be. I’ve been too lazy so far;)


17 Anonymous March 9, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Love salsa and chips, this sounds delicious!


18 Joy March 9, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Thankyou! This is a recipe for me!


19 Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home March 10, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Love Salsa (how can I be Mexican and NOT love salsa?

Love tortilla chips (ditto)

Love the blue corn chips you chose to photograph. They’re so much tastier (in my opinion anyway) than the yellow corn ones!


20 danielle March 10, 2010 at 1:21 AM

Ive never put oregano or vinegar in my salsa…I’ll have to give those a try! Your salsa looks fantastic…such a bright color


21 peanutts March 10, 2010 at 2:18 AM

Hi!, yumm I love tomato salsa , but i used to think they made it with fresh tomatoes, now can try with canned ones next time I make it


22 Ivy March 10, 2010 at 5:08 AM

Sounds great! There’s nothing like a good homemade salsa.


23 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog March 10, 2010 at 8:57 AM

A classic that fits wonderful with nachos and if it is spicy better too :)




24 Barbara March 10, 2010 at 9:14 AM

You’re right, Erica, everyone loves a good salsa!
Yours is a nice spicy one too!


25 Norma March 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM

There is nothing like fresh home made SALSA!

Eica: where is my margarita


26 Angie March 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I’ll definitely try this recipe, I had tried to do homemade salsa once before, but it didn’t turn out well. I know the sugar and vinegar will make this recipe perfect. Thanks for this great recipe!


27 Soma March 10, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I am with you in salsa and chips. This looks gorgeous!! Slurp.


28 Faith March 10, 2010 at 9:09 PM

There’s nothing better than homemade salsa…it’s so fresh and bright! Your recipe looks incredible!


29 Erica March 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Thank you all for the lovely comments ;-)


30 Kim March 16, 2010 at 1:33 PM

This was absolutely delicious, but spicy! We love spicy food, so we loved it. Thank you for the recipe.


31 loire December 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM

wow♥ looks stunning


32 Elizabeth Amparan February 24, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Hello Erica, I live in Belgium and have tried some of your lovely recipes on my Belgium husband and he loves everything I have made so far. Thank you!!!

Question: I want to make your Red Tomato Salsa but I do not fine tomatillos here or fresh jalapenos (only pickeled). What other alternatives do you have? for the tomatillos, etc.


33 Erica February 24, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Elizabeth- Just omit the tomatillos!


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