Quick Salsa Substitute Using A Can of Diced Tomatoes

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

You say you need some salsa for a recipe but don’t have any in the pantry? Don’t run to the store! Here’s an easy substitute using just a can of diced tomatoes, a few minced vegetables & lime juice.

You can make a quick salsa substitute by using a can of diced tomato, minced onion, pepper and garlic and a squeeze of lime juice. #TexasHomesteader

Why Use Canned Diced Tomatoes for Salsa?

There are many reasons to keep a recipe on hand for a quick salsa substitute using canned diced tomatoes:

Diced tomatoes are a convenient pantry staple.

This salsa substitute is inexpensive & ready in minutes.

Salsa can add flavor to dishes.

Use for fast dips, sauces or marinade.

Ingredients Needed For Canned Tomato Salsa

The ingredients for quick canned diced-tomato salsa are simple. Just mix together:

1 Can Diced Tomatoes

2 Tablespoons Minced Onion

2 Tablespoons Minced Green Pepper

1 Minced Garlic

Lime Juice

Teaspoon Salt

Red Pepper Flakes

See what I mean? SIMPLE!

How To Make Salsa with Canned Diced Tomatoes

Now it really doesn’t get any easier than this! Just dump all the ingredients into a bowl and stir.

Canned Diced Tomato Salsa - A Quick Salsa Substitute. #TexasHomesteader

You can use the salsa immediately, but it’s even better if you allow it to sit for an hour or so for all those savory flavors to blend more beautifully.

Smooth or Chunky Salsa?

The beauty of homemade is that you can make it any way you want! If you prefer chunky salsa just stir the ingredients together and you’re good to go.

But if you like a smoother salsa just add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse a few times to get the consistency you like.

Variations & Flavor Additions

Depending on how fancy you want to be, you can add ingredients to your homemade salsa for different flavors and depth. Simply add one or more of the following:


Chili Powder


Minced fresh spicy jalapenos

Fresh cilantro

Or intensify the flavor of your diced-tomato salsa by:

Roasting peppers before mincing

Sautéing onion before mincing

How to Use Canned Diced Tomato Salsa

Use your quick salsa to add flavor and pop to a variety of foods such as:

Topping for Southwest Quesadillas

Pan-Seared Salmon

Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole

Taco-Stuffed Bell Pepper

Taco stuffed red bell peppers on white plate with cilantro garnish, tomato, jalapeño #TexasHomesteader

Use as dip for Homemade Pita Chips

Add flavor by mixing into Homemade Meatloaf

Did you make this Canned Diced Tomato Salsa? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Salsa Made From Canned Diced Tomatoes

This simple salsa substitute works great when you find you need a bit of salsa and don't want to run to the store and buy a whole jar. Just a can of diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic and salt/pepper and you're on your way! #TexasHomesteader

Course Condiments
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, salsa, TexMex, tomatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author https://texashomesteader.com/


  • 1 14-oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Finely-Minced Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Finely-Minced Bell Pepper
  • 1 Clove Garlic, finely minced
  • Teaspoons Lime Juice
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Cilantro (Optional)
  • 1 Minced Jalapeno Pepper (Optional)


  1. Combine all Ingredients and stir together. Can use immediately but it's best to allow it to sit for about an hour for flavors to blend.

  2. If desired, pulse the ingredients in a blender until desired consistency is reached.

Recipe Notes

Notes: This salsa should keep in the refrigerator for about a week.

~ TxH ~

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