A chunky mix of tomatoes, onions, chiles and cilantro is a must-have at any legit taco night. Here’s the best way to savor a tortilla chip’s BFF.
store-bought vs homemade salsa
Photography by Peter Ardito
| Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito


No crying over sliced onions here—with a tub of pico, you're ready to fiesta whenever. Avoid salsa that looks soupy but, otherwise, the store-bought stuff is all you need, especially if you add a squeeze of fresh lime juice before serving. Prep: 0 minutes; Price: $1.20 per cup


If you're throwing a special get-together, sure, make your own. The extra effort will yield an exceptionally fresh-tasting bite, and you'll save a few cents. That said, unless you're out to impress, don't feel obligated. The pre-fab is pretty fab! Prep: 15 minutes; Price: 89¢ per cup

And the winner is... Store-Bought!

Quickie Fresh Salsa

In a medium bowl, mix 2 chopped tomatoes, 1/2 small red onion, chopped, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, 1 chopped jalapeño, 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice, 1/2 tsp. cayenne (or to taste) and 1 grated clove garlic; season with salt.