This keto salsa tastes like something you’d get at a restaurant and takes just 5 minutes to make! Perfect over eggs, casseroles, or pair them with some keto tortilla chips for a delicious appetizer or snack.
I love using keto sauces in many of my recipes. They can change up a bland chicken breast or make something simple extra delicious (like a Chilean sea bass). These include a cheese sauce, Alfredo sauce, and this keto salsa.
Is salsa keto?
Depending on what brand of salsa you purchase, it can be keto friendly. Traditional salsas should not have any added sugar in them, but you’d need to be careful with store-bought brands. Luckily, you can make your own!
Why this keto salsa recipe will be a weekly staple-
- It has just 2 grams net carbs per serving. Compared that to store bought brands that can have up to 12 grams of carbs!
- The entire dish comes together in less than five minutes.
- It’s easy to customize with your favorite spices!
What I love about this homemade salsa is that it tastes like something you’d get as a restaurant! It’s so fresh and delicious, you’ll be adding it to everything (or eating it with a spoon!).
How do you make keto salsa?
- Canned tomatoes- Diced canned tomatoes in their natural juices. I like to use ones with no added salt, so I can adjust the taste myself.
- Cilantro- The key ingredient for any good salsa. Parsley can also be used, but the flavor won’t be as evident.
- Green bell peppers- Enhances the texture and gives some green throughout.
- Onion- White or red onion can be used.
- Lime juice- For that citrus kick.
- Cayenne pepper- To give the salsa some kick and added spice. If you don’t have cayenne pepper you can use red pepper flakes.
- Salt and pepper- To taste.
Start by adding all your ingredients into a food processor or a high speed blender. Pulse until the peppers and onions have been broken down. Taste the salsa and add extra salt/pepper, if needed. Transfer into a bowl and serve immediately or refrigerate to enjoy later.
Expert tips for success
- If you prefer a chunky style salsa, use whole canned tomatoes and do not over blend/process.
- This makes a very mild salsa. If you’d like it extra spicy, go heavier on the cayenne pepper.
- Avoid using fresh tomatoes, as they don’t have the acidity or intense flavor needed for a delicious salsa.
Storing and freezing instructions
- To store: Fresh salsa should always be stored in the refrigerator, covered. It will keep well for up to 4 weeks.
- To freeze: Place leftovers in a shallow container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
What to serve with keto salsa instead of chips?
While chips and salsa are the ideal pairing, there are plenty of other snacks to pair with it. Some keto options include tortilla chips, crackers, low carb vegetables (like celery!) or even tortillas.
Serve it with mains like mulitas or quesabirria tacos.
More keto Mexican dishes to try
Frequently Asked Questions
Keto salsa has just 2 grams net carbs per serving.
Tostitos brand of salsa is only keto friendly in minimal amounts. It contains sugar and tomato concentrate, which are both very high in carbs.
There are many keto friendly sauces, including ketchup, bbq sauce, cranberry sauce, and teriyaki sauce.
Keto Salsa (Restaurant style!)
- 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 large onion diced
- 1 large green bell pepper diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro loosely packed
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper to taste
- Combine all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse several times, until the cilantro, peppers, and onion has been mostly broken down. Add extra salt if needed.
- Transfer to a large bowl and serve immediately or refrigerate until chilled.
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Will be making this soon but without green bell pepper as am not a big fan of bell pepper i never had salsa before will dm you if i make this and let you know now it goes Thanks Ramya
I’m using fresh tomatoes, can you leave the skin on them
I love salsa and I just made this. It is so good. I think next time I’m gonna add a jalapeño cause I added alot of cayenne pepper to get the spice I like. Then I might add a couple cloves of garlic. I just added garlic powder this time. But it is delicious. Thank you
I didn’t rate the recipe because I did not follow it exactly. I added garlic and replaced the bell pepper, don’t like green bell pepper, with green chilis. I also used whole tomatoes as that is what I buy and like. It gets buzzed in the food processor to the consistency that we like. My family loves it. I bake corn and low carb flour tortillas for the dippers along with veggies. I always include jicama with the veggies. Makes a great snack, appetizer, or side dish with tacos or enchiladas.
Awesome recipe! I used to put jalapeno peppers in my salsa but the green pepper was just right!