Super-Easy Salsa: Mini Chef Mondays – Frugal Novice

Super-Easy Salsa: Mini Chef Mondays


I’m really excited to be a part of a great new link up called Mini Chef Mondays. Each Monday I’ll be sharing a post with a fun recipe I’ve done in the kitchen with one or all of my kiddos, and I’m starting off this week with a Super-Easy Salsa recipe that you can create with your own mini chef! Below my recipe be sure and check out my co-hosts’ posts, and share your recipe on our linky!


We LOVE to make salsa in our house, and we love to eat it even more. We never buy it from the store because we know just how easy it is to make it ourselves, and it’s so delicious, too. I have E helping me this week; she’s 3 and she loves to be my sous chef!

Super-Easy Salsa:


  • One 28-oz can of whole tomatoes, drained
  • Two regular cans of original Rotel, drained
  • 1/2 onion, chopped and divided into 2
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of black ground pepper
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro


  1. Place ingredients into a blender. Press pulse 12 times, or until the salsa reaches desired consistency. Mix in half of the chopped onion. And you’re done! Easy!

Here’s a step-by-step visual guide for you to use if you’re cooking with your little chef:


Place the tomatoes in the blender.


Next, add the Rotel – draining it will keep your salsa from getting too watery.


Add garlic – I chopped mine up, but you really don’t have to. The blender will take care of it for you!


Add half of the chopped onion. If you like your salsa really smooth, you can add it all now. We save half of ours to stir in and add some texture.


Add jalapeño. I didn’t want E to get any of that on her hands, so I chopped it up and put it in a little bowl for her to dump in.



Add cumin – I let E get it all by herself, so we had a heaping spoon, but it still tasted delicious and she felt like SUCH a big girl doing it all on her own.


Add the salt. E’s making sure we don’t have too much.


Add sugar (see her “leveling off” the spoon? It’s kind of an indented level, but again – she did it on her own and that’s the best part!


Next, add the cilantro. I let E help pull the leaves off the stem, too. Fun project for little hands!


Juice one lime…


And then pour all the juice into the blender!


Put the lid on tight…


Turn the blender on, and then press pulse 12 times or so.


Pour your salsa into a large bowl (it makes a lot!) If you’ve reserved any onions, stir those in now.


The most important part – taste your creation! You might need to taste it 3-4 times… or 10… to make sure it’s just right.

Now that you’ve seen my recipe, check out others from my wonderful co-hosts – and share your recipe in our linky below!


I am hosting Mini Chef Mondays along with 10 fabulous bloggers!

Be sure to check out each of their Mini Chef posts as well. We would love it if you would share your Mini Chef posts with us each week, too! Follow along socially and join in on the fun by using our hashtag #MiniChefMondays to share creations your mini chef created in the kitchen. Don’t have a blog? Share the URL of your instagram photo in our linky below my recipe. :)

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    Oh my gosh your mini chef is SO adorable! We love salsa too, and I’m a big fan of blender recipes. We’ll have to give this a try.

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  • reesa November 2, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Love her face with the blender!

    • Christi November 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks! :)

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  • Marci November 6, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I love how involved she is in the process. Looks delicious!

    • Christi November 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks! It is a LOT of fun seeing her develop a love of cooking.