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Cinco de Mayo Salsa Cruda Recipe
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Cinco de Mayo Salsa Cruda
See Chef Juan’s secret recipe for Cinco de Mayo-worthy homemade salsa cruda. See more
  • READY IN 35 mins

Cinco de Mayo Salsa Cruda

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"One word of warning: Make twice as much as you think you are going to need. This stuff is seriously addictive."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups salsa Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Drain tomatoes in a strainer for 15 minutes.
  2. Combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeno pepper, serrano pepper, and garlic in a large bowl. Pour lime juice over the top. Stir in oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, sugar, mint, and cilantro. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Season with salt to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 24, 2012

Really delicious! Will definitely be making this for bbq's this summer. However, I will be reducing the salt. A little too salty for my taste when 1 tsp is used. I would recommend using half a tsp and tasting from there.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 09, 2012

Not a big fan of this one but it is prob just our tastes. i used early girl and roma tomatoes from our garden that had been skinned and de-seeded. I didn't really measure all that closely which may be part of the problem too. I found it to be a tad too sweet for my tastes and the mint was too pronounced. Also the peppers I used were not spicy (you can just never tell) and we like a salsa with some heat so that turned us off a bit as well.


18 Ratings

Sep 01, 2012

Fabulous! I substituted 3 medium sized tomatoes from the garden rather than the cherry tomatoes and followed the rest of the recipe and it was excellent! Don't delete the mint! It gives it a fresher taste!

Jul 01, 2012

An excellent fresh salsa. If you have good summer tomatoes you don't have to use cherry tomatoes. The mint is a different addition for me. I liked it - hubby didn't like it as much so I would say, for us, the mint is optional. I made this for Faceless Frenzy July 2012 - thanks for a good recipe to give a face too.

Mar 25, 2013

Yummy! Very fresh and delicious!

Aug 30, 2012

Liked, different taste

Jun 24, 2012

A great garden fresh flavor that is perfect anytime.

Aug 22, 2014

Not your average "salsa". It is crisp and clean and citrus-y with some heat. It is exactly what Chef John says....addictive. At first I thought there was too much lime but then as you eat you look forward to it. A 1/2 bunch of cilantro is left up to the cooks discretion as all bunches are different sizes. I put a tad too much in ours but it doesn't make it a deal breaker. I plan to serve mine with chips...yes...but also carne asada tacos. Can't wait.


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  • Calories
  • 48 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 595 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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