Dad’s Salsa

Dad’s Salsa

Okay if you’re a salsa lover, this is the recipe for you. It’s full of fresh ingredients, and you can make it as hot or as mild as you’d like. This is the perfect thing to dip your chips in on a hot summer day.

Another great thing about this recipe? Once the prep work is done, you literally just throw it all together and mix it up. Super easy!

My dad started making this when I was little and it’s so dang good. I finally had to get the recipe from him so I could make it for Austin. (Austin loves salsa and spicy foods so he was pretty excited about this). The only ingredient that I did not use was avocado, and that’s because we were having guacamole as well. Other than that, the recipe was exactly as my dad makes it.

And just a heads up, it makes quite a bit!


  • 8 large roma tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. jalapeno juice (from jar)
  • Tapatio
  • salt
  • pepper

How To

Dice the following ingredients: tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, red onion, and jalapeno. Make sure the jalapeno has no seeds. Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mince the garlic and add to the bowl. Chop the cilantro and add as well.

Add the lemon and jalapeno juice to the bowl. Next is where you can make the jump from mild to super hot if you wanted: the Tapatio. For a more mild salsa, just add a few splashes. If you would like more heat, add as much as you would like.

Salt and pepper to taste, and then you are ready to enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. If you do, please give the blog a follow and the post a like! You can also find me @thecookingcactus on Instagram!

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