6 Salsa Recipes That Will Blow Your Guests Away At Your Next BBQ

6 Salsa Recipes That Will Blow Your Guests Away At Your Next BBQ

Ok, so I’ll admit. I eat way too much chips and salsa.


It’s one of my absolute favorite snacks and it’s one of my favorite things about summer because there are tons of fresh fruits and vegetables around for me to make my favorite types of salsa! There are so many amazing salsa recipes out there, so today I wanted to share 5 of my favorite salsa recipes that you can use for your next summer barbecue!

Fruit salsa with cinnamon chips


So making my own cinnamon chips is a personal favorite. I LOVE them. And they taste amazing with any fruit salsa recipe! This recipe is simple and easy and will be an immediate hit with your kids.




For the cinnamon chips:

3 white flour tortillas

½ cup sugar

1 ½ t cinnamon (more to taste)


For fruit salsa


1 cup strawberries (chopped)

½ cup raspberries (cut in halves)

½ cup blueberries (cut in half)

1 kiwi chopped

1 tablespoon of lemon juice (more to taste)

1 lime slice (to squeeze over salsa, lime juice would also work)

1 cup of fresh pineapple (or 1 can)

1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)

1 cup grapes (cut in half)


To make the cinnamon chips:


Get 3 white flour tortillas and brush with melted butter. Cut tortilla into 8 chip shaped pieces. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and dip tortilla slices in the cinnamon sugar mixtures. Bake in the oven at 350 for 5-7 minutes or until tortilla slices are crispy


To make the salsa:


Chop all of the ingredients to the desired size. Combine fruit, lemon juice, and brown sugar together in a bowl and mix together. Squeeze lime slice over the top of salsa and gently mix together again. This salsa tastes best when you refrigerate the salsa for about 20 minutes before serving.

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Cinnamon chips are the answer.

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Salsa Fresca


This recipe is so yummy! I love this recipe for summer because I can use all fresh ingredients that I buy at the farmers market



2 med tomatoes (1 ½ cup once chopped) (I prefer to use roma tomatoes but you can use any type

1 jalapeno (seeded)

2 T lime juice (if you don’t like lime you could substitute it with olive oil)

½ cup cilantro (finely chopped)

1 red onion (⅔ cup chopped)

1 garlic clove (diced)

Salt and pepper to taste


Cut all of the ingredients to the desired size. Don’t think too hard about this, I just roughly cut everything to about the size I want. For this recipe I mix the cut onion and jalapeno in lime juice and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. The onion and jalapeno soak up the lime juice and it tastes so good! Then I mix all of the ingredients (including the leftover lime juice) in a bowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Regular Tomato Salsa


Tomato salsa is classic and a must have for any summer barbecue. This recipe is quick and easy to make. One thing I love about salsa recipes is that you can adjust them based on how you like your salsa! If your family doesn’t like onions, just take them out of the recipe! You really can create a custom salsa that you and your family will love!




1 28 oz can whole tomatoes (with juice for thinner salsa, without for thicker salsa)

1/4 cup fresh cilantro , chopped (add more if you love the cilantro taste, I LOVE cilantro, but my family doesn’t so I don’t put as much in)

1/4 cup onion (chopped) I prefer red onions, but you can use any kind

1 clove garlic (minced)

1 1/2 jalapeño , chopped (add less for milder salsa, more for spicier) (if you want really mild salsa skip the jalapeno and just put in the bell pepper)

½ bell pepper chopped

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)

Lime (half), to squeeze into salsa or you can also use a tablespoon of lime juice if you don’t have fresh limes


I cut all of the ingredients and then I put all of the ingredients for this salsa in my manual food processor (like this one) and turn the handle until it reaches the consistency that I like. I like my salsa to be a little bit thicker and chunkier, so I only turn the handle about 5 times. You can also use a food processor or a blender to mix your ingredients, just be careful not to blend it too much! Refrigerate before serving for the best taste!


Pineapple Salsa


Ok, so if you can’t tell I’m a huge fan of fruit salsa. This recipe tastes great with fresh pineapple (but you can use canned as well if you don’t have any fresh pineapple around)



1 cup of fresh pineapple (chop to desired size, I prefer mine smaller)

1 cup red bell pepper (or you can do ½ red pepper ½ green) finely chopped

1 can of black beans (you’ll want to drain and rinse them, I cut them in half but you don’t have to)

¼ cup red onion (finely chopped

1 jalapeno finely chopped

3 tablespoons of orange juice (or lime or lemon juice whichever you prefer-I like lime)

1 can (8 oz) of corn kernels (you could use fresh as well, just cook corn like you’re make corn on the cob and then cut kernels off the cob)

½ t cumin

3 tablespoon of cilantro leaves(chop, into small pieces)

⅛-¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper (add to taste-I typically add ¼ of pepper and less salt)

2 roma tomatoes chopped into small pieces


Simply cut all of the ingredients to desired size and mix them together in a medium bowl. Let sit in fridge for 20-30 minutes and then serve!

Mango Salsa


Mango salsa is a personal favorite (who am I kidding though, really all salsa is my favorite). This recipe is great because it’s really simple and it tastes amazing!


3 ripe mangos (chopped, I prefer smaller pieces, but you can cut to desired size)

1 red bell pepper (finely chopped)

½ cup red onion (finely chopped)

1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves (You can use more or less depending on how much you like cilantro (don’t use stems! It’s gross! Roughly cut leaves into as small of pieces as you can)

1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)

½ cup of chopped cucumber (you could also use zucchini)

1 jalapeño finely chopped

1 large lime, to juice (or 2 tablespoons of lime juice)

⅛  teaspoon salt (add more to taste)

½ cup cherry tomatoes (cut into ¼ or smaller, optional)


I cut all of the ingredients to desired size and mix them together in a small bowl. It will taste best if you allow it to sit in the fridge for 20 minutes before you serve it! What I love about this recipe is that it tastes great on top of grilled fish or it is really yummy with chips too!


Easy Pico De Gallo


I love this stuff. It’s so easy to make and I use to add yummy flavor to a ton of my meals.


1 can Best Choice canned tomatoes with green chilis

1/2 vidalia onion, diced

Enough cilantro to satisfy you, diced (I use scissors to cut my herbs and garlic, and sometimes frozen meat. Makes things easier)


Mix everything together, and eat with tortilla chips.

You can also put this in the crock pot with chicken for a good chicken dish. The broth from the chicken mixes with the pico, making it more complex. I add a little butter to that mixture to give it more body and make it richer. You can also add it to chicken/beef tortillas. It brightens up pretty any meal. Enjoy!


What is your favorite kind of salsa? Share it with me in the comments below!


10 BBQ Basics You Can Make At Home

10 BBQ Basics You Can Make At Home

Barbecue season is in full swing and I am loving it! 

I love barbecuing, and having outdoor parties (check out my favorite decorations for outdoor parties here) but I’m not a huge fan of some of the ingredients that are in some of my favorite barbecue basics. I’m talking things like ketchup, pickles, hamburger buns etc. That’s why I prefer to make a lot of the basics at home, so that I know exactly what ingredients are going to be in my food.

And most barbecue basics are so simple and easy to make at home and they taste SOO much better because they’re homemade! Keep in mind that I’m not suggesting you make all of these items every single time you have a barbecue because that would be a TON of work! I suggest that you start out making one item on this list and then go from there! You’ll be surprised how big of a difference that can make!

So here are 10 barbecue basics that you can make at home!

Barbecue Sauce

I LOVE barbecue sauce! It’s one of the most important things at any barbecue in my opinion. And it is so easy to make! Here are my favorite southern barbecue sauce recipes that you can make yourself!

My favorite simple barbecue sauces recipe is to simply combine ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar (or honey). All you need is 1 1/2 cups of ketchup and then you mix in 1/3 cup of mustard, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar (or honey, you can check out my honey conversion chart here). You can add more or less mustard depending on what your family likes. I really like mustard so I add a 1/3 a cup, but if you aren’t a mustard fan use 1/4 cup instead.


While I’m not a huge pickle fan, my family is, so we always have to have pickles at every barbecue. And my family loves homemade pickles! I personally love this recipe for refrigerator dill pickles because it’s quick and easy to make! My family also likes other vegetables besides cucumbers pickled so check out my collection of more than 100 pickle recipes you can make practically for free.

100+ Crazy Delicious Pickle Recipes You Can Make Practically For Free

Hamburger Buns

I’m a huge fan of homemade bread and nothing makes a burger taste better than a delicious homemade bun! This recipe is great because even though it takes a little bit of time to make, you can make several batches and freeze them! Homemade hamburger buns taste great and I try and make them for every barbecue!


Ketchup is a staple for any barbecue and I LOVE this recipe for homemade ketchup. Making ketchup is a great way to use up extra tomatoes from your garden because my tomato plants produce like crazy in August and we have tomatoes coming out of our ears! If you want to learn more about gardening in your backyard you can check out my book about how to grow an organic garden!

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RECIPE 🍅 Homemade sugar-free ketchup: Did you know one tablespoon of ketchup con­tains about a teaspoon of sugar? Here’s our fix. INGREDIENTS (makes 1 cup): 2 tsp canola oil 3 yellow onions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup water 2 roasted red peppers, rinsed, chopped and patted dry 156-mL can tomato paste 1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/8 tsp salt fresh pepper INSTRUCTIONS: 1. HEAT canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium. Add onions and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until very soft and browned, 20 min. Add water, scraping brown bits from the bottom of the pan, and stir until no liquid remains, 1 to 2 min. Stir in roasted red peppers and tomato paste until warmed through, 2 to 3 min. Remove from heat, then add cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt. Season with fresh pepper. 2. SCRAPE into a blender and whirl until smooth. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate in an airtight container up to a week. KITCHEN TIP: Press ketchup through a fine-mesh sieve for an extra-smooth texture. #ketchup #recipes #recipe #sugarfree #sugarfreelife #diy #homemade #homemadeketchup

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Ok hear me out. I know making cheese seems scary, but I’ve been making it for years and I LOVE my homemade, natural, and sustainable cheese. Making cheese is actually much simpler than you would think it is! I preserve a lot of the milk from our goat as cheese, like chevre. You can check out my step by step guide to making chevre here and my recipe for  mozzarella here. I recommend that you check out this book here to learn more about trying to make your own cheese. And here’s the list of inexpensive tools that I use to make cheese. Give natural cheese making a try at your next barbecue! And if you’re looking for an awesome homemade chevre recipe for your barbecue check out my favorite chevre cheese and grilled zucchini sandwich! It’s SOOO good and it’s an awesome recipe for any barbecue.

Mozzarella Recipe You Can Make In 30 Minutes

Hot Dogs

Now this is something I had never thought of making myself before, but now I’m so excited to make my own hot dogs! It’s actually simpler than it seems and I love that when you make your own hot dogs you get to control exactly what is in your hot dog! Check out this amazing homemade hot dog recipe here that you can make in just an hour!

Hot Dog Buns

And if you’re going to make your own hot dogs you can make your own hot dog buns too! Check out this awesome recipe here!


So this is a something I had never even thought of making myself, but now I’m dying to try this recipe for homemade mustard! I love that this recipe helps you to learn more about using mustard seeds to make your own mustard and which types of seeds will produce the flavor that you want! I’m so excited to try this quick and easy recipe at my next barbecue!

Pasta Salad

I don’t know about y’all, but pasta salad is definitely a staple item at every barbecue around here. I used to buy the boxed kind, but then I realized that pasta salad is so simple and easy to make at home! I love making my own pasta salad because I can add in extra yummy vegetables from my garden and add extra flavoring! Check out one of my favorite recipes here!

Grow Your Own Fruits and Veggies

Let’s be honest, the best part about a barbecue are the yummy fruits and veggies. And nothing tastes better than home grown fruits and vegetables! Plant some tomatoes, cucumbers, or watermelon in your garden this year for your summer barbecues. If you don’t have space or time for a garden, check out your local farmers market and buy some local fruits and vegetables!

Looking for some help with grilling? Check out my favorite grilling hacks that will make you next barbecue so much easier! Also check out my guide on how to grill lamb chops perfectly every single time!

What items do you make for your barbecue every summer? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!