Cilantro lime salsa is loaded with ripe roma tomatoes, fresh veggies, tons of flavor and a secret ingredient that will make your taste buds dance!
This cilantro lime salsa is my absolute favorite salsa recipe!
I’ve made it 3 times in the past month, it’s SO easy to make. All the fresh veggies mixed with a ton of cilantro and lots of garlic make this the perfect appetizer or snack. It’s especially delicious with a margarita in your hand!
I make cilantro lime salsa in huge batches and it doesn’t last more than two days in my house. My hubby is very picky about his salsa. It can’t be too spicy, too sweet, too chunky, too liquidy, the list goes on and on.
When I see him inhale this cilantro lime salsa, it’s a big sign to me that it’s a winner!
Cilantro Lime Salsa Prep
Besides being delicious, the best part about this cilantro lime salsa is that I make it in my food processor. All I do for prep work is wash the veggies, chop the tomatoes and veggies into quarters and dump all the ingredients into the food processor. That’s it! Don’t you love easy recipes like this?
I especially love using my food processor, it makes prep work so much simpler and quicker.
Note – Don’t worry about removing the cilantro leaves, the stems have tons of flavor and are completely edible. Throw the whole bunch into the processor!
Cilantro Lime Salsa Secret Ingredient
Aren’t the colors beautiful!? I loveee incorporating all these bright colors into our meals.
I bet you’re wondering what the secret ingredient is? Aren’t ya? Aren’t ya?!
Alright, I’ll tell you….red, orange or yellow bell pepper chunks! I wouldn’t use just green because they can be slightly bitter. The red, yellow & orange peppers are much sweeter. The bell pepper gives it a chunkier consistency, great flavor, plus it’s an easy way to get extra veggies into your diet.
Note – Did you know that green peppers are just peppers that haven’t ripened fully? I didn’t realize this until I grew them in our backyard in our mini greenhouse. It was so cool to watch the whole process from seed to on our dinner table!
No Food Waste
I can’t stand wasting food. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves.
I made stuffed peppers the night before and I saved the tops that I cut off. I added them into the bowl (don’t forget to remove the stems) with all the other cilantro lime salsa ingredients and let it whirl!
Note – You can use leftover pepper scraps or you can just use 1 medium pepper (seeds removed) instead, whatever you have available.
This cilantro lime salsa is very customizable. We both love cilantro so I added a lot of cilantro! If you don’t care for cilantro that much then I would recommend to start with a little bit first and see how you feel about the flavor.
Once the cilantro lime salsa is ready, I reserve a few cups to make our favorite salsa stuffed peppers! It’s so easy to make and you already have all the work done with the homemade salsa. Two meals in one? Yes, please!
- Cut the tomatoes (remove the stems), onion, garlic and bell pepper into a few big chunks. Add to the food processor. Pulse a few times to start to break it down.
- Add cumin, cayenne, lime juice and cilantro. Pulse on medium until you reach desired consistency. I like to leave it a little chunky.
- Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add additional cilantro if needed.
- Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!
Do you have a favorite salsa recipe? Let me know in the comments!
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