Recipe: Easy Homemade Salsa

This post is sponsored by ConAgra Foods.

Easy Homemade Salsa | Freckled Italian

I have been cooking so much lately and I've had a lot of fun coming up with recipes for things I'd normally buy pre-made, like this salsa. It takes no time at all, and you can customize it however you like (for me that means lots of lime and cilantro).


  • 2 10-ounce cans of ROTEL Diced Tomatoes (I used one Chunky and one Hot, and the salsa ended up super spicy, which I love--but you can mix and match however you'd like)
  • 1/2 of a white onion, diced 
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced finely
  • The juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 generous handful of chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well.
  2. If possible, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Easy Homemade Salsa | Freckled Italian

All throughout the month of May, ConAgra Foods (the brand behind names like Egg Beaters, Hunt's, PAM, ROTEL, Reddi-wip, and Simply Ground Peter Pan Peanut Butter) is putting on the #GreatAmericanCookIn challenge, which aims to sharpen cooking skills, meal planning, and creativity in the kitchen.

I was asked to share some tips, ideas, and a recipe to help participants successfully cook-in for a week this month, and I kept going back to canned tomatoes. I keep them in my pantry at all times because they are just so versatile. You can make your own salsa with them, which is always great because you can have that with chips as a snack or you can scoop it on top of scrambled eggs or chicken to spice up an otherwise boring meal. Here are a few other ideas:

  • Sauté with some garlic and onion to create a really easy and healthy pasta sauce.
  • Throw them in a Dutch oven with ground beef, onions, carrots, and celery for a great stew.
  • Make tomato soup by cooking them in a pot with spices before blending.
  • Baked eggs are super easy and one of my favorite breakfasts--they are absolutely delicious cooked with tomatoes.
Easy Homemade Salsa | Freckled Italian

Find more tools for success at, including a guide to planning meals ahead of time, grocery shopping tips, recipes, and more. Don’t forget to pledge to participate in this one-week challenge by using hashtag #GreatAmericanCookIn on Twitter or Instagram! 

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