Jalapeno Salsa

Chips and salsa is one of my favorite snacks. On Fridays I love to grab a bag of chips, some salsa and a cold beer before sitting down to catch up on all the trashy reality TV I’ve missed throughout the week. Hey, don’t judge, Jersey Shore is quality TV. OK maybe that is a stretch. But, lets leave my guilty pleasures out of this and get back to the food. When picking salsa, I generally rush for the habanero kind, but when I’m looking for something a little different, something a little less spicy, something a little less red and a little more green, I turn to this jalapeno salsa.

I was inspired to make this dip at home the same night I was inspired to make this rice at home. Now, while I have served this with chips, the restaurant that we were dining at actually served this with crusty bread for dipping and it was wonderful nice change of pace. It also showed the versatility of this salsa, you can scoop it up with chips, dip some bread in it, spoon it over your tacos or even a perfectly grilled steak.

Jalapeno Salsa Recipe

Makes 1/2 cup Prep Time:


  • 3 jalapenos
  • 3 gloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil



Remove the stems from the jalapenos. Cut them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds from 2 of the jalapenos, leaving the seeds intact in the 3rd jalapeno. Note: If you would like it a little spicier keep all of the seeds intact.


Place jalapeno and remaining ingredients into a food processor and process for about 30 seconds or until the jalapeno is minced fine.


Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Serve.



  • We love making salsa. Fresh is best and I am loving this one!

  • Green salsa is really underated. Too many folk haven’t taken the time to try it.

  • I’ve got jalapenos in my fridge. I’m making this tonight! This sounds like what I’ve been craving all day!

  • do you just use white vinegar?

  • Wow! I love salsa! Love the recipe. Gotta save it fast! :)

  • Thank you everyone! Curiouseats: Yep just white vinegar, I hope you enjoy it!

  • I made this last night. I read the recipe rght before leaving work and it sounded awesome. I was craving something with a little heat. I have to tell you, my husband got home late and I had this ready as a snack. He DEVOURED IT! He just stood over it saying ‘This is awesome!’

  • Curiouseats- Thanks for the update! Its good to know your husband liked it so much :)

  • This jalapeño (with a tilde on the “n”) looks fabulous!! It looks like salsa verde just without the tomatillos. YUM!!!

  • I meant to say “jalapeño salsa”.

  • Bring it on.. the heat the garlic! I am loving this.

  • Rachel

    This is a great recipe, love it! I added fresh pineapple to my version and its GREAT. :)

  • I’m excited to try this! We recently tried jalepeno salsa for the first time after my mom put a jar in my husband’s stocking. I haven’t been able to find it where we live in California so I thought I’d try making my own. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Fran

    Hey! this sounds like the recipe I have been looking for. Is there any way that I can can it so it will keep all winter? I have a five gallon bucket of peppers that I need to preserve. Thanks!

  • Hey Fran, I’ve been searching to try to find an answer to your question but I am not sure if there is a way to keep it all winter. I don’t have much experience with canning and I’ve never tried freezing a fresh salsa. Let me know what you try. Sorry I couldn’t be more help!

  • Erin

    Hey Deseree – I LOVE your salsas. I mean I love all the recipes I’ve tried from your site, but this is my all time favorite salsa recipe! Curious – what kind of food processor do you use for chopping/mincing?

  • Thank you Erin! I have a mini-kitchenaid food processor that I use for chopping/mincing. It’s really small just has a pulse button. I have a regular size food processor but my little one works great for salsas.

  • Andromeda T Nguyen

    How long will this last in the fridge?