Quick & Easy Spicy Salsa

This healthy and delicious salsa recipe comes together in just 20 minutes. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days, so you can double recipe to enjoy with your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes or as a snack with your favorite tortilla chips.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Cuisine
    • Mexican
  • Course
    • Appetizer
  • Suitable for Diet


  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 medium jalapeno, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • ½ t. dried Mexican oregano
  • ¼ t. smoked paprika
  • ¼ - ½ t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ c. water
  • 2½ T. fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 T. fresh cilantro, finely chopped



Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion and peppers become soft, around 4-5 minutes.


Add tomatoes, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and water. Stir to combine and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 4-5 minutes.


Remove from heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Once slightly cool, puree mixture with an immersion blender, leaving slightly chunky, or transfer to a regular blender or food processor and pulse a couple of times until just blended.


Transfer salsa to a bowl and stir in fresh lime juice and cilantro. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!

  • Nutrition Facts

  • 4 servings per container
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories0
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat0.3 g78 g0.38%
  • Saturated Fat0 g20 g0%
  • Polyunsaturated Fat0.1 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg300 mg0%
  • Sodium8.2 mg2300 mg0.36%
  • Total Carbohydrate5.3 g275 g1.93%
  • Dietary Fiber1.2 g28 g4.29%
  • Total Sugars0.3 g
  • Protein1 g50 g2%
  • Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)0 IU800 IU0%
  • Calcium1.3 mg1300 mg0.1%
  • Iron3.1 mg18 mg17.22%
  • Vitamin A13.6 mcg900 mcg1.51%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)25 mg90 mg27.78%
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)1.7 IU33 IU5.15%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0 mg1.2 mg0%
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)5.9 mg1.7 mg347.06%
  • Folate4.7 mcg400 mcg1.18%
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)0 mcg2.4 mcg0%
  • Phosphorus2.5 mg1250 mg0.2%
  • Magnesium2.8 mg420 mg0.67%
  • Selenium0.9 mcg55 mcg1.64%
  • Copper3.7 mg0.9 mg411.11%
  • Manganese6.6 mg2.3 mg286.96%