Kicked Up Salsa Fresca

Tammy Brownlow


I absolutely love Mexican Food and all of the fresh salsas. This one has a nice balance of fresh veggies and smoky spice. You can adjust the heat by omitting the serrano pepper and chile de arbol spice. But if you like spicy...this is perfect.

It is the perfect accompaniment for roasted or grilled meats and fish.


★★★★★ 1 vote

Makes 2 1/2 cups
15 Min


  • 1/2 medium
    onion, diced
  • 1
    serrano chile, minced (optional if you don't like spicy)
  • 1/4 c
    fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lb
    tomatoes, seeded and diced (about 4 medium)
  • 1
    bell pepper, diced - i chose yellow
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • ·
    juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    chile de arbol (optional - it does add a smoky, spicy flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp

How to Make Kicked Up Salsa Fresca


  1. Add all veggies, oil, and lime juice in a medium bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Measure all spices in a small bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Add spices to veggie mixture and stir well to combine. Refrigerate at least an hour to let the flavors combine. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe Card

About Kicked Up Salsa Fresca

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

Show 8 Comments & Reviews

31 Recipes to Make for Dinner in March

31 Recipes to Make for Dinner in March

Stuck in a dinner rut? We’re here to help with your March menu! We’ve curated 31 family-friendly meals that are tested and approved by home cooks just like you. Twists on family favorites, new dinner ideas, and heirloom recipes, we have all the meals you need for the month below!

What To Make With That Can of Condensed Milk

What To Make With That Can of Condensed Milk

Open the pantry and you’ll probably find a can of condensed milk on the shelf. It’s a baking staple, but what exactly is it? Sweetened condensed milk is made by heating milk and removing its water. Once reduced, it’s sweetened with sugar (lots of it). The final product is very thick, sweet, and fantastic in […]

Homemade Frosting Recipes To Up Your Cake Game

Homemade Frosting Recipes To Up Your Cake Game

Want to know how to turn a boxed cake into something super special? Make a batch of homemade buttercream frosting! Creamy and buttery, use it to frost a cake and make pretty rosettes with a piping bag. It turns an ordinary cake into bakery quality. No one will guess how easy it was to make. […]