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Chunky Tomato Salsa

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~ raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free ~

Salsa recipes are a dime a dozen.  I have made heaps of them throughout the years but I’ve never documented them… does anybody?  While I was constructing this salsa, my Hispanic friend, Adan, looked at me and said, “At home, we  do it differently.” When I asked how they made it, he said, “We don’t measure anything out, we just throw it all in the bowl.”  I laughed and assured that I usually do the same but wanted for once to write it down so I could share it.

Some like it hot!

Bob and I like a little spice, so I pulled in a squirt of Siracha (this isn’t raw, omit if this concerns you) and some fresh, diced jalapeño. Both add heat but in different ways. When selecting jalapeño peppers, remember that some are hotter than others. Mature peppers that are dark green and a little wrinkled will be hotter than younger ones.  It is best to test the heat before adding it to the salsa otherwise if too hot; it could ruin the dish.

Another “heat” that I added to the salsa was cumin. It’s not really hot; it just gives a pleasant spicy, warm, pungent aroma and taste when mixed with all the other ingredients. There’s nothing mundane about this salsa.

The fresh ripe tomatoes give a refreshing hit from the gentle spicy heat. The texture is chunky but consistent. The flavors are well-integrated. It doesn’t start out hot, but after eating a fair amount, a pleasant heat sneaks up on you.

Ultimately this salsa can be harmed by too much cilantro or heat, to the point of drowning out the other flavors, so make sure you start out with less and add more as you feel it is needed.

Looking for something to dip into the salsa?  Try my Chili Corn Chips by clicking (here).  A match made in heaven… well actually my kitchen. Hehe  I hope you enjoy and have a blessed day, amie sue


yields 2 1/4 cups


  1. Place the diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, vinegar, Siracha, sweetener, jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, salt, and cumin in a medium-sized bowl.  Toss to mix everything really well, so the spices get distributed.
    • If you want to make it totally sugar-free, add 1-2 drops of liquid NuNatural stevia.  The sweetener is added to give the salsa a well-rounded balance of flavors.
  2. Be sure to wear gloves when handling the jalapeño.  The invisible oils within them can haunt you for the rest of the day.
  3. Enjoy right away or chill.  This salsa tastes better the next day.  Time helps to meld all the wonderful flavors together.
  4. Salsa should keep well for 2-3 days.

4 thoughts on “Chunky Tomato Salsa

  1. Jesse Pfoser says:

    Oh Amie-Sue, ich könnte mich den ganzen Tag von diesem genialen Salat ernähren, traumhaft.
    Ich kann mich noch sehr gut erinnern als sie von dem Salat, wo sie die Tomaten von ihren Dad gepflückt haben, der war genauso traumhaft.

    P.S.: Es tut mir so leid das ich mich nicht melden konnten, mein Notebook war kaputt, nun ist wieder alles okay und ich werde dir morgen eine Mail schreiben.
    Ganz viele liebe Grüße sendet dir
    Jesse Gabriel

    • amie-sue says:

      It’s all good Jesse, no worries.. just happy to see you pop on when you can. I love salsas too. I hope you enjoy the simple recipe. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, amie sue

  2. Basia says:

    Dear Amie-Sue,
    I picked quite a few tomatoes from my garden and wanted to try your salsa. I will omit the Siracha and don’t have Agave on hand. What do you think about honey, Monk fruit or palm sugar? I also have the liquid stevia. Would other sweetener change the taste of the salsa?
    Thank you

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh yum, fresh garden tomatoes are the BEST! You know, I would make the salsa without a sweetener and taste test it. Since your tomatoes are picked when perfectly ripe, they might be sweet enough to where you don’t even need it. IF you feel that you do, I would personally add a drop of stevia and then test it. A lot of sweeteners have different flavors which can alter a recipe… so always keep that in mind. :) Let me know how it turns out. blessings, amie sue

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