Fresh Tomato Salsa – Kids Cooking Lesson

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How To Make Fresh Authentic Mexican Tomato Salsa


In this video cooking lesson, Chef Toby walks you through how to make fresh authentic red tomato salsa. Serve with quesadillas or chips.


  • Chop 1/4 off an onion
  • Wash and chop tomatoes
  • Wash and chop chile
  • Wash and chop cilantro


  • Blender



  • Chop tomatoes in fourths. Cut a small piece of onion and peel the outer skin

Cut Tomatoes, Onion

  • Cut the chile in half and remove some of the seeds and white part (this is what makes the chile hot)
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Cut the chile in half (serrano, or jalapeno)

  • Add the tomatoes, chile, onion, and cilantro and half 0.5) a teaspoon of salt to blender and blend for about 1 minute. If the salsa is not blending well you can add a quarter (0.25) cup of water

Add ingredients to blender

  • Pour in a salsa dish and enjoy!

Pour fresh salsa in dish and enjoy!


Fresh Red Tomato Salsa


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Fresh Tomato Salsa Nutritional Highlights

(The Stuff That Fuels Your Body)


  • Tomatoes are a very healthy fruit and are a great source of fiber as well as vitamins C, K, and potassium.
  • These vitamins make tomatoes great for helping support blood and heart health, and the immune system.  


  • This tasty and bright herb contains vitamins C and K, has known anti-cancer properties, and the ability to reduce inflammation.


  • Onions are rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, and fiber. These help to increase immune function, digestion and help maintain a healthy heart.

Serrano Chile

  • Like jalapeños and other peppers, Serrano chiles contain fiber and vitamin c, which are responsible for aiding the immune system, promoting healthy skin.

Fresh Tomato Salsa Frequently Asked Questions

What is salsa made of?

Traditional Mexican salsa is typically made out of tomatoes and ingredients like cilantro, onions, chiles, or garlic. Salsa can really be a combination or puree of a variety of ingredients that can add additional flavor to dishes. 

Is salsa healthy?

Salsa is a very healthy condiment, made usually from vegetables and herbs like tomatoes, onions and cilantro. 

Why is my salsa not red?

If you make salsa and it's not red, that is OK! Incorporating air in the blending process and the ingredients added to the salsa (like cilantro) will alter the color of the salsa. But don't worry, it will still be delicious! 

Is salsa spicy?

Salsa is great because you can alter the spicy level depending on your preference.

  • Don't like spicy? Omit the peppers entirely!
  • Like some spice? Remove the pith and seeds from the chile before blending! 
  • Love a kick? Add in multiple peppers with the seeds and pith for maximum spice!

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