How to Make Fresh Killer Salsas, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Baja Salsas

Anyone can make fresh killer salsas with a few mix and match ingredients from the market. Pick one or two ingredients from each category, chop, dice, mix and adjust seasonings. You’ll have a fresh salsa on the table in 15 minutes. Serve with anything or everything.

Use the freshest local produce and experiment with the peppers, they range from mild to killer hot. Even the soiciness of onions vary by location. The red onions we buy in Loreto are as hot as jalapeños some weeks. Tomatoes vary in juiciness and flavor. Try any tropical fruit, they seem to pair well with peppers of all kinds. I prefer the citrus punch of cilantro but basil and parsley work as well. I’m taking my salsa to Angie’s Fiesta Friday virtual potluck where you can find amazing recipes from around the world.


Start with peppers and onions

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Mild to Hot – Bell peppers<Jalapeño<Serrano<Habanero

Onions – heat varies by region, try them all.   I prefer spicy red Loreto onions but try any variety: maui sweet, yellow, write, scallions. Sometimes I add garlic, to savory salsas.

Pick a fruit



Tomato is a classic but try mango, pineapple, watermelon, peaches, strawberries.


Add more vegetables

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Cucumber, tomatillo, zucchini, pickled carrots, jicama, avocado, corn, or black beans

Herbs are critical

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Cilantro is a classic but try Thai basil, parsley, lovage, ginger or lemon verbena


Give it a squeeze of juice

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Lime is a classic but surprise your palate with orange or lemon

Mix and Match to Make Hundreds of Killer Salsas

Dice and chop any combination of fresh ingredients and then mix and match to make hundreds of fruit and vegetable salsas. Serve with tacos, salads, side dishes, burrito bowls, over tamales or with tortilla chips of course.

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Now chop, chop and get a fresh killer salsa on the table tonight. Which combinations did I miss? Please share your favorite salsas or follow my Pinterest board at MyBajaKitchen. Just follow my board and I’ll add you as a collaborator. Let’s make salsa together. I’ll bring the margaritas.


Pin it for later. 100 Fresh Killer Salsas? Check out my Mexican Salsa and Dips Board.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post, very useful!


    1. Some people think salsa is a mystery. Easy, right? Thank you Elaine.


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