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How To Make Salsa in a Blender: Salsa Recipe

Finding new ways to combine the freshest garden vegetables is easy when making homemade salsa. Creating a light and refreshing side to your favorite meals, exploring new flavor profiles and recipes is possible when preparing salsa in a blender. Read further to learn how to make smooth, restaurant-style salsa in your blender.

A bowl of fresh salsa A bowl of fresh salsa

What makes a great salsa?

The first step to a great salsa is choosing the right ingredients. When making the base of your salsa, select tomatoes with low levels of water concentration. Herbs and spices are another critical component to salsa making. Onion and garlic provide punches of flavor and peppers like jalapeños or chiles can give your salsa an extra kick.

A KitchenAid® blender filled with salsa ingredients A KitchenAid® blender filled with salsa ingredients

Is salsa better in a food processor or blender?

Whether salsa is better when made in a food processor or a blender will likely come down to personal preference. For a smooth, restaurant-style salsa, use a blender.

However, if you prefer chunkier salsa, the pulse button on food processors will allow you to gain increased control over your salsa texture by incrementally chopping or pureeing your ingredients. You can also shred, grate or slice additional ingredients into your mixture using your food processor discs.

Blender salsa recipe

Thanks to the capability of KitchenAid® blenders there is very minimal prep work required to make a delicious-tasting salsa with a smooth texture. Start by quartering or halving ingredients on a cutting board. When your ingredients are prepped, slide them in batches into the blender jar and blend. When finished, plate and serve. This general overview should serve as a solid base when blending up your own custom salsa recipes.


10 servings (Yield will vary by recipe)


10 minutes


11 minutes


  • KitchenAid® blender

  • Knife

  • Cutting board

  • Bowls

  • Roma plum tomatoes (halved and seeded)

  • Lime

  • Jalapeños (halved, seeded and ribs removed, depending on heat preference)

  • Green onions

  • Garlic cloves

  • Red onion

  • Granulated sugar

  • Cilantro

  • Ground black pepper

  • Cumin

  • Sea salt

Sliced tomatoes and red onion on a cutting board

1. Prep Ingredients

On a clean cutting board, slice your tomatoes in half and remove their seeds. You can also allow some of the liquid to drain from the tomatoes. Halve your jalapeños, along with your lime, then remove the ribs and de-seed them. Peel and quarter your red onion and roughly chop your green onion.

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2. Assemble Your Blender

Align your jar with the base of your blender, sliding the jar until it locks into place. Locate your speed settings to adjust your blending.

A mixture of blended ingredients in a blender

3. Blend Ingredients

Add your tomatoes and the juice from one lime half, blending at the lowest speed for five seconds. Next, add your jalapeños, green onion, garlic and red onion, blending at a medium speed until all ingredients are finely chopped. Finish by adding the remainder of your lime juice, cilantro, pepper, salt, sugar and cumin, blending at speed 3 for an additional five seconds.

A bowl of garnished blender salsa

4. Garnish and Serve

After your salsa is finished blending, pour the mixture into a large bowl or smaller individual bowls to enjoy. Top with a garnish like cilantro and serve.

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Whether you’re making salsa for your next outdoor party or the dips, sauces and frozen drinks to go along with it, you need a blender that can deliver smooth results. Select KitchenAid® blenders feature a 3 Part Blending System for tough ingredients. With the combined power of the blender's vortex-creating ribbed jar design, and unique asymmetric blade, blending is a breeze. Add to that the smarts behind the Intelli-Speed® Motor Control, which automatically senses contents and maintains the optimal speed for a better blend.

A cutting board piled with tomatoes A cutting board piled with tomatoes

Can you use any tomatoes for salsa?

The best tomatoes for making salsa are those with lower water content. This makes Roma tomatoes an excellent choice due to their dense flesh and minimal juice content. Plum or paste tomatoes, similar to Roma, are also good options, due to having fewer seeds and thick flesh.

Do I have to let this salsa sit before eating?

It is beneficial to allow the combination of flavors in your salsa to sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld together and will also reduce bites of raw garlic or onion. Additionally, if there is frothing in your salsa, giving it extra time to rest will allow the foam to dissipate.

A refrigerator filled with salsa ingredients and other fresh foods A refrigerator filled with salsa ingredients and other fresh foods

How long can you keep salsa in the fridge?

Fresh, homemade salsa can last between five to seven days in the refrigerator if stored properly. This can be advantageous when meal prepping during the week. If you are worried about whether your salsa has gone bad, check its color: it will no longer be bright red but instead brownish. Additionally, the salsa texture will be grainier and lose its acidity.

Can I freeze this fresh tomato salsa recipe?

You can freeze your homemade salsa, although this may affect its texture. Place your salsa in a freezer-safe bag, making sure to remove any excess liquid. If you know you're going to freeze your salsa before blending, place it in the freezer within an hour of cooking to increase shelf life. This salsa should last up to four months in the freezer.

However, given the ease with which it is possible to make salsa in a blender, the best way to ensure crisp flavors is to make this tomato salsa recipe fresh each time.

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