14 Fast Homemade Salsas Not To Miss This Summer

Summer is salsa season and thanks to the abundance of fresh produce and some incredible recipes, these homemade salsas are just what you need this summer. Light, refreshing, creative, and delicious with corn chips. Many here can be used as a garnish for grilled meats or they can be used as an ingredient in other recipes. But no matter how you use them, don’t skip them this summer. Grab some corn chips and dig in.

1. Blueberry Mango Salsa

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Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

Don’t let that mango on your counter go bad, especially when this blueberry mango salsa is one of the most delicious ways to use it up. The fresh flavors of the sweet fruit and savory herbs and onions pair remarkably well with your favorite corn chips.

2. Restaurant Salsa

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If you love the red salsa you get in a Mexican restaurant, then you’ll love this recipe that teaches you how to make it at home. This restaurant salsa recipe has an adjustable spice level and truly delivers on flavor.

3. From Scratch Salsa Verde

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Making salsa verde at home should be at the top of your kitchen to-do list this summer. This from-scratch salsa verde is unequaled when compared to the store-bought variety. Make a big batch or two and enjoy it all summer.

4. Strawberry Salsa

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Love fruit salsa? This strawberry salsa does not disappoint. It’s all the things you hope for in a fruit salsa and more. A sweet and savory flavor combination with as much or as little spicy kick as you want.

5. Apple Salsa

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Love apples? This apple salsa is surprisingly good with corn chips. It would even be a great addition to tacos or burritos. It’s easy to make and totally delish.

6. Corn Salsa

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This crunchy, delicious corn salsa is a great dish to share with friends and family. It’s sure to be a hit at your next barbecue or potluck. Just make sure to bring plenty of chips to enjoy it with.

7. Pineapple Salsa

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This pineapple salsa is one of many perfect fruit salsas that are perfect for summer. Whip up a batch to share around the pool or around the fire pit. You’ll be sending people the recipe for weeks after!

8. Watermelon Salsa

A closeup of a white bowl filled with watermelon salsa which is garnished with fresh basil.
Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

Rarely does a salsa do the double duty of tasting great on chips and hydrating you as you eat it. But this watermelon salsa does all that and more. It’s perfect for serving with grilled meats as a topping or side dish and pairs well with just about any summertime meal you can come up with.

9. Cilantro Salsa

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Also known as pico de gallo, this cilantro salsa does what all homemade salsas should do. Delight and inspire. There are so many ways to enjoy this that you’ll never have leftovers.

10. Copycat Chipotle Hot Salsa

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Love the salsa at Chipotle? Then don’t miss this homemade copycat chipotle hot salsa. You can make a big batch to have on hand any time you want it.

11. Instant Pot Salsa

If you prefer cooked salsa over fresh, try this Instant Pot salsa. It’s super easy to make and goes perfectly with corn chips.

12. Salsa Roja

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This delicious salsa roja is easy to make in your blender. It’s smoky, creamy, and made in less than 10 minutes.

13. Blender Salsa

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If you’re after a classic red salsa that’s ready in 10 minutes, this easy blender salsa recipe will do the trick. Whether you like it mild, medium, or spicy, the bright colors and fresh flavors of the ingredients will hook you in the best way possible.

14. Copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa

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Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

If you love the roasted chili-corn salsa from Chipotle, then you’ll be excited to give this copycat recipe a try. It’s super easy to make, and you can enjoy its sweet-smoky flavor with chips, burritos, tacos, and even fresh veggies.

Need Ideas For What To Do With Extra Salsa?

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Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

Have an extra jar or two of salsa lying around? Here are some recipes that call for a jar of salsa to help you use them up.

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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