Simple Salsa Recipe

This fresh and flavorful salsa couldn’t be simpler to make, and it can be made spicier or milder simply by adjusting the amount of hot peppers used.

| Summer 2019

Photo by Getty Images/Lauri Patterson

Yields about 5 cups.


  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons chopped hot peppers, including some seeds, as desired for spiciness
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, green pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice, hot peppers, and cumin, and mix gently but thoroughly.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Taste, and adjust the seasonings and hot peppers as needed.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours — overnight is even better — to allow the flavors to blend.

NOTE: The salsa will last for 1 week in the refrigerator. For longer storage, freeze it in freezer-safe containers or freezer bags for up to 2 months.

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When she’s not at the Capper’s Farmer offices, editor Traci Smith spends her time cooking, working in the yard and garden, crafting, and relaxing with her dogs, family, and friends.



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