Three-Minute Salsa

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This is one of our favorite easy salsas, for dips and chips, topping a quesadilla, or for a quick throw-together sauce for grilled foods.

Avocados and how to pit them:

We prefer hass, the medium-sized pebbly skinned avocado from California and Mexico, for all our cooking because of its rich, nutty flavor. To peel and pit, first cut the fruit in half. Then place on a counter and hit the pit with the sharp edge of the knife so it plunges in. Lift in one hand and twist with the other to remove the pit and knock the knife on counter to dislodge the pit. Cut in quarters and peel.



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian


Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch, snack


Taste and Texturehot & spicy, sweet, tangy

Type of DishCondiments, dip/spread, salsa


  • 4 Roma tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 1 to 2 serrano chiles, stemmed, seeded if desired, and sliced
  • Juice of 1 to 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator no longer than a day.



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