Mahja’s Salsa Recipe

I didn’t give much thought into what my first Eats post would be, it came to me on it’s own. My best friend and her family love Mexican food (who doesn’t?) and over time I’ve been their go-to salsa person. My boyfriend has seen remnants of salsa I’ve made for my friend’s family but never tried it himself. A year later, I finally got around to making him his own batch of salsa and that was when it hit me…  “This is it, this is my first Eats post!”.IMG_9357

Who doesn’t love chips and salsa?! You’ll hear me say this way too often, I can live off of chips and salsa. From time to time I’ll throw in a can of black beans into any salsa on hand and voila, dinner is served! Protein, check! Veggies, check! That’s a perfectly balanced meal if you ask me.


I like recipes that don’t have very many ingredients. As I share them you’ll come to see the theme. I also like that all the ingredients in this recipe are items you’ll commonly find in any kitchen. That’s what I love! The chilies used in this recipe may not be in everyone’s pantry but trust me, it’s what makes them! They’re called chiltepines (aka bird peppers) and grow in brushes found on the Sonoran-Arizona border. You can also find them in the Hispanic food aisles. 


If anyone knows Mexican food it’s me, not only because of my Mexican roots, but because I’m always on the hunt to try new and exciting variations of it. You’ll see, as I will be reviewing a few of the places I stumble into. Needless to say, I had to feature my favorite salsa – my mom’s (Mahja, as I call her) salsa. Not only is this the salsa she’s made for years, but the recipe has been passed down in our family. It’s simple but it will go a long way.


Mahja’s Salsa Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes


  • 1 can of peeled whole (or diced) tomatoes
  • 3 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 8 chiltepines (add more for heat preference)
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 1/2 fresh tomato (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until you have reached desired consistency. I like mine a bit thick.
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