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This Easy Avocado Salsa Recipe with Roma Tomatoes has that fresh coolness, making it a perfect topping for spicy dishes like enchiladas, burritos, or fajitas. This quick and easy salsa recipe is delicious as a topping and perfect for serving as a dip with crispy tortilla chips!

a bowl of avocado salsa on a tray with tortilla chips on a table.

Are you team salsa or team guacamole? Frankly, I like them both, and I must say that I love today’s Avocado Salsa — It’s the best of both worlds!

It doesn’t take much to create this tasty homemade salsa. Just toss diced avocados, red onion, and Roma tomatoes with fresh lime juice and spices, and you have a flavorful dip in minutes! Muy delicioso!

Homemade cilantro lime avocado salsa is much better than any store-bought version. The closest you may get to this authentic and fresh flavor is ordering the dip at a restaurant or local deli — still, you can’t adjust the salsa to perfectly fit your preferences.

ingredients for avocado salsa on a table.

Key ingredients & substitutions for Avocado Salsa Dip

  • Tomatoes | You’ll need three diced Roma tomatoes that are as red as possible.
  • Onion and garlic | Sprinkle in some finely chopped red onion and a single garlic clove to boost the flavor.
  • Avocados | Of course, it wouldn’t be avocado salsa without fresh avocados. You want the avocados to be ripe but not overly soft.
  • Lime | Freshly squeezed lime juice brightens the salsa and highlights the other flavors. As always, fresh is best, but bottled lime juice also works.
  • Salt and pepper | Season the salsa with some kosher salt and black pepper. If preferred, combine the garlic and salt by using garlic salt instead of a fresh garlic clove and kosher salt.
  • Red pepper | Bring subtle heat to the salsa with crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Cilantro | Finally, add some finely chopped fresh cilantro to complete this recipe. It’s optional but is a common herb in Mexican-inspired dishes and helps to give the salsa a more authentic taste.

How to make this Easy Avocado Salsa Recipe

A few fresh ingredients and just 10 minutes are all you need to make this cool and refreshing salsa.

Chopped tomatoes and red onion in a bowl for avocado salsa; avocados halved and scored to scoop out.

STEP 1 | Chop and add the veggies

Start throwing this easy salsa recipe together by washing and chopping the vegetables. Then, add the diced tomatoes, red onion, and garlic to a large bowl.

STEP 2 | Add the avocados

Next, halve the avocados and remove the seed. Use a sharp knife to score the avocadoes into large chunks. Then, use a spoon to scoop the flesh and add it to the bowl.

Squeezing lime juice on top of chopped avocados;; stirring together the ingredients for avocado salsa with cilantro and spices.

STEP 3 | Squeeze the lime and season the salsa

Now, for the final ingredients. Slice the lime in half and squeeze all the juice on top of the avocados in the bowl. Next, add the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and finely chopped cilantro.

STEP 4 | Toss and serve

Then, use a rubber spatula to gently toss the salsa ingredients to combine. This recipe is best served freshly made– So dig right in!

tips

  • If the red onions are too strong for your preference, put the diced onions in a colander and pour boiling water over them, letting the water drain immediately. This will help take the “bite” out of the onions.
  • It helps to have a citrus press to get all the juice out of the lime. You’d be surprised by how much this little device comes in handy when making all kinds of recipes.
  • Add jalapenos for a kick of heat, if desired.
close up image of avocado salsa in a bowl on a platter surrounded by tortilla chips on a table.

Frequently asked questions

Why is my homemade salsa so watery?

Homemade salsa tends to become a little more watery than preferred. This is because the base is typically tomatoes which contain lots of juice. To avoid watery salsa, try draining the excess moisture from the diced tomatoes before adding them to the salsa.

Can you keep leftover salsa in the refrigerator?

Freshly made salsa lasts a couple of days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. The longer it sits, the more the avocados brown and the tomatoes lose their juice.

What vegetables can you add to avocado salsa?

Corn and hot peppers are great additions to avocado salsa. Celery or even diced zucchini are some other veggies you can add to salsa.

How do you choose the best avocados?

Choosing quality avocados will take this salsa recipe to the next level! Look for avocados that are perfectly ripe with forest green color. Avocados with bright green color are underripe, and those with a brown hue are overly ripe. Another tip for choosing the best avocados is gently squeezing the fruit. The avocado will be slightly soft but not too firm or mushy when it’s good to eat.

dipping a tortilla chip into a bowl of avocado salsa.

I confess I have a weakness for chips and salsa. My family will tell you that I can do some pretty serious damage with the Endless Chips and Salsa at Chili’s — I love those thin and crispy chips!

So, it’s no wonder I also love making dips and salsas at home, especially when tomatoes are in season.

Serving suggestions

Of course, avocado salsa dip is excellent for dunking crisp and salty tortilla chips! But you can also serve it as a topping on various dishes, like this crunchy Taco Salad with Fritos, crowd-pleasing  Bang Bang Shrimp TacosSmoky Chicken Street Tacos with pickled red onions and chipotle peppers, or these irresistible Vegetarian Nachos with green chili cheese sauce — YUM!

Try another unique salsa recipe, like this classic Corn Salsa, Cherry Tomato Salsa, and Salsa Verde.

And if you haven’t taken a shot as a fruity salsa yet, you should experiment with this Peach Salsa in this pork chops recipe, Fresh Blueberry Salsa for pork tenderloin, or Strawberry Salsa on grilled chicken.

avocado salsa in a bowl on a platter surrounded by tortilla chips on a wooden board with a sprig of cilantro and a linen napkin on a table.

Behind the recipe: Avocado Salsa

People have been cultivating avocados since the invention of the wheel. But, about five thousand years before that, Mesoamericans were already eating wild avocados!

This was no ordinary fruit– Avocados were thought to have mythological powers, like giving those who consumed it incredible strength. 

It didn’t take long for explorers to be introduced to this unique fruit. Then, it quickly spread through Central and South America, reaching Europe and other countries.

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avocado salsa in a bowl on a platter surrounded by tortilla chips on a table.

Avocado Salsa

Try fresh Avocado Salsa as a topping for Chicken Enchiladas or serve as a dip with tortilla chips. Muy delicioso!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 174 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 large avocados
  • 1 small lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Add the diced tomatoes, red onion, and garlic to a large bowl.
  • Halve the avocados and remove the seed. Use a sharp knife to score the avocadoes into large chunks then use a spoon to scoop out the flesh and add it to the bowl with the other vegetables.
  • Slice the lime in half, then squeeze all the juice on top of the avocadoes in the bowl. Next, add the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and cilantro.
  • Use a rubber spatula to toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • If the red onions are too strong for your preference, put the diced onions in a colander and pour boiling water over them, letting the water drain immediately. This will help take the “bite” out of the onions.
  • It helps to have a citrus press to get all the juice out of the lime. You’d be surprised by how much this little device comes in handy when making all kinds of recipes.
  • Add jalapenos for a kick of heat, if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingsCalories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 204mgPotassium: 589mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 458IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword avocado, dip, roma tomatoes, salsa
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About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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