It’s time to spill my secret. {My secret salsa recipe that is!}

The secret is this: I use canned tomatoes with green chilies as the base. So simple. I always keep them on hand in my pantry so I can throw this together in no time.

I don’t know about you, but Chips & Salsa has always been one of my favorite foods. I am a sucker for fresh & flavorful Mexican food!

Sarah’s Simple Salsa


Sarah’s Simple Salsa


  • 1 14 oz. can Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion
  • 1/2 sweet pepper (red, yellow or orange)
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded (or leave the seeds in tact if you like it HOT!)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


  1. Place cilantro, onion, & jalapeno into food processor and pulse until desired size.
  2. Add tomatoes, lime juice, salt, and garlic powder and pulse until desired consistency.


The flavors combine best after refrigerating for a couple of hours, but I make it and serve immediately all the time because fresh salsa is just too good to resist!

I use this salsa on anything – scrambled eggs, salad, with chips, as an appetizer, or alongside any Mexican meal I prepare.

Once you try homemade salsa, you’ll never want to go back!


Homemade Salad Dressings are not only fast and simple, they are delicious and can be customized to suit your taste. This dressing is great on any green salad or as a raw veggie dip. I love it on a taco salad with fresh salsa – Yum!

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp. ground celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • buttermilk, enough to reach desired consistency

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, stir or shake until well blended. Taste, adjust seasonings if desired. Refrigerate. Best if made an hour or two before serving so that the flavors can mix well, but can be served immediately.

I have also substituted mayonnaise and sour cream for plain whole milk yogurt and buttermilk and then add a dash of organic evaporated cane juice sugar. Fresh lemon juice would also be a nice addition!

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