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Salsa Ranchera Recipe

This salsa ranchera recipe makes the best salsa, with fresh tomatoes, jalapeno peppers (or serranos), onion, garlic, cilantro, salt and more. When it comes to salsa, it's hard to beat.
Course Appetizer, Salsa
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword jalapeno, recipe, salsa, serrano, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 16 kcal


  • 1 pound tomatoes
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers or use serrano peppers for a hotter version
  • ½ large white or yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • Salt to taste

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS: Juice from 1 small line, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon cumin, cracked black pepper


  1. Slice the tomatoes and jalapenos in half lengthwise and set them onto a cast iron pan or baking sheet, skin sides up.
  2. Add the onion and garlic cloves.
  3. Set the pan into the center of the oven and broil (400 degrees F) for 20 minutes, or until the skins of the tomatoes and peppers blister up. Do not allow to burn. 

  4. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  5. Remove the skins from the tomatoes, peppers and garlic. Discard them.
  6. Place the tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onion in a food processor along with cilantro and salt. If using any of the optional ingredients, add them now. Process until smooth.
  7. Adjust for salt and serve warm.

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Recipe Notes

Makes about 2 cups. Serves 8 ¼ cups.

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. You'll get some heat from the jalapeno pepper, but if you're looking for a spicier version that is still authentic and traditional, go with serrano peppers.

Nutrition Facts
Salsa Ranchera Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 16
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 520IU10%
Vitamin C 12.9mg16%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.