Quick Taco Salsa Recipe

A fresh take for taco night…

Tired of that jarred salsa on taco night? You can pull together a quick taco salsa in no time at all! The fresh taste really helps bring tacos to life. Plus it’s a simple recipe that even the kids can help make, adding to the family tradition. This recipe is also perfect served with tortillas for game-day and other parties.

Want your taco salsa slightly spicier? You can sub in two diced serrano peppers for the jalapeño pepper (or add one on top of the jalapeño). Serranos are typically twice the heat of jalapeños (10,000 to 23,000 Scoville heat units compared to 2,500 to 8,000 of a jalapeño). Plus their flavor profile (bright, grassy when green) is close enough to the jalapeño to be an excellent “up the scale” substitute.

And when you’re ready to explore beyond our quick taco salsa recipe, be sure to check out our spicy recipe index. We have many flavorful salsas, of all heat levels, for you to try. Take, for instance, this jalapeño mango salsa is an excellent option for fish tacos or simple tortilla dipping. Or for something extra sweet and a ton more heat, make this pineapple habanero option. It’s extra-spicy so take note when making and serving.

Quick taco salsa

Taco Salsa

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 27 kcal


  • 1 jalapeño pepper diced
  • 2 cups tomatoes seeds removed and chopped (approximately 6 medium-sized tomatoes)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves chopped (approximately one bunch)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt to taste


  • Simply mix the ingredients together and refrigerate.


Allow the salsa to chill for 1 – 2 hours prior to using for the best taste. For a spicier salsa, use two serrano peppers instead of a jalapeño.


Calories: 27kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 931IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.4mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on February 17, 2024 to include new content.
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