Pantry Salsa | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Friday, February 1, 2013

Pantry Salsa

Looking for a quick and easy recipe for this weekend's big game?
Look no further. This easy Pantry Salsa is the recipe for you! It's called Pantry Salsa, because you probably already have everything you need to make this right in your pantry!

Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Pantry Salsa.  Easy salsa recipe made with most ingredients from your pantry! #salsa #mexican

The original recipe for this salsa comes from Pioneer Woman.  Ree calls it "restaurant style salsa" but since I used ingredients almost entirely from my pantry to make this, Pantry Salsa is what I am calling my adaptation.  If you aren't familiar with Ree's recipe, you are missing out.  This is possibly one of the easiest and tastiest salsas I have ever made.

It starts with canned tomatoes. Because canned tomatoes are processed at their peak, canned tomatoes are a great choice in the winter months when fresh tomatoes can be blah in the taste department.  Add in some garlic, onion, jalapenos (I used the pickled jarred kind), salt, some white sugar...and fresh cilantro if you like, and you've got a winning recipe.  I happen to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fresh cilantro, so I added a hefty handful when I make it. You could also use dried cilantro or no cilantro at all, it's your call.  Although I used jarred jalapenos in my salsa, feel free to substitute a fresh jalapeno, if you like.  Keep in mind fresh jalapenos vary in degrees of heat, so use as much or as little as you like.  The jarred jalapenos tend to be more consistent with the degree of heat they have.  Anyway you make it, it's a quick and easy recipe you will be making again and again.

You may never buy a jar of pre-made salsa at your grocers again!

Pantry Salsa
adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Servings - 14   Serving Size - 1/2 cup   Points Plus per serving - * 1 Point+ OR 0 Point+
Calories - 20.7,   Total Fiber - 0.1g,   Protein - 0.9g   Fiber - 1g

( *this is a recipe that falls into the gray area of computing points plus values for.  If you input the info into recipe builder and assume each serving is approx. 1/2 cup each with a total of approx. 14 servings, you get a point+ value of 1.  But this dish is comprised of zero point foods, so it is up to you whether you decide to count this as 1 point+ or zero point+. )


1 - 28 oz. can of whole, peeled tomatoes, undrained (try to use low sodium or no added salt, if you can)
2 - 10 oz. cans of diced tomatoes with green chilis, undrained
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 medium onion, roughly diced
1/4 cup jarred, pickled jalapenos
2 TBSP lime juice
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. granulated sugar
handful of fresh cilantro 


Add all ingredients to LARGE food processor OR LARGE blender.  Pulse until as smooth as you like.   A word of caution, if you are using a food processor, work quickly.  This is a lot of liquid for the bowl to hold and it may start leaking from the bottom.  This recipe will yield approximately 7 cups of salsa.  Store in plastic or glass container in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld before serving.  Enjoy with chips! ( Chips not included in nutrition information above) 


Super easy, super delicious and way cheaper than buying those little jars of pre-made stuff.  This stuff is seriously good on chips or anywhere you use salsa.  Try some with your eggbeater omelet in the morning...ole!  

You do need a very big food processor to make this in if you are going that route.  Mine is a 7-cup model and everything JUST fit.  I imagine Ree might own a 48-cup model!  haha  And like I mentioned, you do need to work quickly to avoid juice from seeping out the bottom.  But even if it does, it's worth it!  lol  


  1. Perfection! I love salsa!! I think I could eat it by the spoonful :) ENjoy the weekend!!

  2. I make one like this too and I prefer it over fresh. It's crazy! Crazy good! :)

  3. OOOH....looks so good and so easy. Also so affordable for the amount of salsa it produces. It's crazy how WW calculates points when you use zero point veg isn't it? I usually just count them as 1 or maybe 2 if I have a big serving. Hope your week is a good one Renee!

  4. i love salsa so i will definitely be making this..yum! xx

  5. I've never actually thought of this - how simple! I wonder if I used fire roasted tomatoes that I'll get the same smokey flavor from my fresh baja fresh salsa? I had to use my snow scraper for my car to get the snow off the grill when I made my salsa over the weekend!

  6. I love salsa, I have made it all kinds of ways. This is very similar to one I make too. If you make a lot you can also can it, that is what I do in the summer when I have a garden full of tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and cilantro.

  7. I love easy salsa like this. I make one similar to this and its so good!

  8. I love "pantry" Salsa, You know exactly what is going into your food! I make one similar to this but I add the frozen stir fry pepper and onions mix that I have chopped up and a few dashes of Franks Red Hot Sauce...I have also added chopped peaches to mine.. Its so good!!

    1. wow! that sounds amazing! and so easy! Great idea using the frozen mix!!


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