Classic Tomato Salsa (Costco Copycat)

An enticing image of homemade tomato salsa, replicating the famous Costco recipe. Ripe tomatoes, onions, garlic, and aromatic spices create a harmonious blend of textures and tastes. sat on a tortilla chips dipped in salsa

Welcome, salsa aficionados! If you've ever tasted the mouthwatering classic tomato salsa from Costco and wished you could enjoy it at home, you're in luck. Today, we're going to unveil a delightful homemade tomato salsa recipe that captures the essence of that beloved Costco salsa. Get ready to unleash your inner chef and embark on a journey to recreate the magic of this flavorful condiment. Let's dive right in!

A Taste of delicious flavours

A tantalizing bowl of Classic Tomato Salsa (Costco Copycat), showcasing diced tomatoes, red onions, garlic, and cilantro, bursting with vibrant colors and fresh flavours.

The Art of Tomato Salsa Making

Salsa, which means "sauce" in Spanish, is a versatile and customizable dip that typically features tomatoes as its base. While the classic tomato salsa recipe includes tomatoes, onions, garlic, and chilies, the variations are endless. Some salsa recipes incorporate additional ingredients like fruits, herbs, or spices to create unique flavour profiles. The beauty of salsa lies in its adaptability—you can adjust the ingredients and spice levels to suit your personal preferences.

A Classic Tomato Salsa

To make a delectable homemade salsa, start by selecting ripe and juicy tomatoes. Dicing them into small, bite-sized pieces will give your salsa a delightful texture. Adding finely chopped red onions, minced garlic, fresh cilantro, and a touch of jalapeño pepper will infuse your salsa with robust flavours. The final touch comes from a squeeze of lime juice, a sprinkle of cumin, salt, and black pepper. Mix all the ingredients together and blitz it in a food processor, refrigerate for an hour to allow the flavours to meld, and voilà—your homemade salsa is ready to dazzle taste buds.

Dive into a bowl of luscious tomato salsa, reminiscent of the renowned Costco version. Juicy diced tomatoes, vibrant red onions, aromatic garlic, and vibrant green cilantro create an irresistible blend of flavors.

Versatile Pairings

Salsa is not just a dipping sauce; it's a culinary chameleon that elevates a wide range of dishes. It's a perfect accompaniment to tortilla chips, turning a simple snack into a fiesta of flavours. Salsa adds a burst of freshness to grilled meats, fish, or shrimp, serving as a zesty topping. It can also be a fantastic addition to tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas, enhancing their taste and providing a delightful contrast. For those seeking a healthier alternative, salsa can be enjoyed as a dressing for salads or as a topping for grilled vegetables.

Cultural Origins

Salsa's roots can be traced back to the rich culinary heritage of Latin America, particularly Mexico. In Mexican cuisine, salsa has been an integral part of meals for centuries, with each region boasting its own unique spin on the recipe. The Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas all had variations of salsa, using local ingredients to create diverse flavor profiles. Over time, salsa made its way to other parts of the world, gaining popularity for its bold and refreshing taste.

Why all the fuss with Costco Salsa?

Costco salsa is a beloved condiment known for its exceptional quality, flavorful taste, and versatility. Crafted with the finest ingredients, it strikes the perfect balance of tangy, spicy, and refreshing flavors, making it a crowd-pleasing favorite. With its vibrant colors and addictive taste, Costco salsa enhances everything from tortilla chips to tacos and grilled meats. Available in convenient large jars, Costco salsa offers both value and a satisfying salsa experience. Whether you're hosting a gathering or enjoying a casual night in, Costco salsa is the perfect choice to elevate your culinary creations and satisfy your salsa cravings. So that is exactly why this copycat Costco salsa recipe is everything you need, especially in the warmer months.

Deliciously Fresh and Healthy

A mouthwatering sight of Classic Tomato Salsa, a delightful Costco Copycat creation. Freshly diced tomatoes, finely chopped red onions, minced garlic, and fragrant cilantro combine to form a flavorful and visually appealing salsa.

Unlocking the Costco Salsa Recipe:

To achieve the perfect copycat version of Costco's tomato salsa, we've meticulously crafted a recipe that closely mirrors the tantalizing flavors you know and love. Brace yourself for a burst of ripe tomatoes, aromatic spices, and a harmonious blend of herbs that will make your taste buds sing.


  • 2 cans of organic chopped tomatoes OR 8 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 2 medium to small red onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed (increase if you want this spicy)
  • 1 cup fresh coriander or cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cyanne pepper


The Tomato Base: in a food processor, add the cans of chopped tomatoes or the ripe tomatoes. These juicy tomatoes form the foundation of our salsa. So it i really important that the fresh or canned tomatoes are of high quality.

The Flavour Infusion: To the same food processor add the peeled red onion, garlic, and jalapeño pepper. This combination will bring a delightful kick and depth of flavour to your salsa.

Herbaceous Harmony: Introduce the vibrant freshness of chopped cilantro to the mix. This herb will lend a distinct brightness to your salsa, reminiscent of the original Costco salsa.

The Zesty Twist: Squeeze the juice of two limes into the bowl, allowing the citrusy tang to balance the flavors. Stir well to ensure the lime juice is evenly distributed.

Spice It Up: Incorporate the tomato paste, cyanne pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper into the mixture. These spices will enhance the overall depth and complexity of the salsa, mirroring the Costco salsa.

The Melding of Flavors: Gently blitz the mixture for about 1 minute so that everything is finely/evenly chopped and has the consistency of salsa. combine all the ingredients in the bowl until well incorporated. Allow the salsa to rest for at least 30 minutes, preferably in the refrigerator, to let the flavors meld together harmoniously.

Time to Savor: When the salsa has had time to develop its flavors, it's ready to be enjoyed! Serve it alongside tortilla chips, as a topping for tacos or grilled meats, or even as a zesty addition to your favorite salads.

 A tempting visual of homemade tomato salsa, inspired by the beloved Costco recipe. Diced tomatoes, finely chopped red onions, minced garlic, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro come together in a vibrant and appetizing salsa.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this tomato salsa suitable for canning?

This specific recipe is not designed for canning as it doesn't undergo the necessary processing for long-term preservation. It is best enjoyed fresh or refrigerated for a few days.

2. What makes this salsa recipe a Costco Copycat?

This salsa recipe aims to replicate the delicious flavor and texture of the tomato salsa found at Costco. It utilizes similar ingredients and proportions to recreate the sought-after Costco salsa experience at home.

3. Can I freeze this tomato salsa?

Freezing may alter the texture of the salsa, causing the tomatoes to become softer. It is recommended to consume this salsa fresh or refrigerated for optimal taste and texture.

4. How long does this tomato salsa last?

When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this tomato salsa can typically last for 3 to 5 days. It's important to note that the flavors may continue to develop and intensify over time.

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Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 10 mins
Servings 4
  • 2 can Organic Chopped Tomatoes (or 8 ripe tomatoes)
  • 2-3 Jalapeños
  • 2 Medium Red Onions
  • 4 clove Garlic
  • 1 cup Fresh Coriander or Cilantro
  • 1 Lemon Juiced
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Cyanne Pepper (Optional)
  1. Cut the jalapeños peppers and remove the seeds from the middle. 

  2. Add the tomatoes, jalapeños, garlic, onion, coriander, the seasoning and all other ingredients  to a food processor and pulse for about 2 to 4 minutes. The length of this depends on your preferred texture of the salsa. 

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