The best homemade salsa (EASY and quick - made in a blender using either fresh tomatoes or canned, diced)

This recipe has become one of our go-to recipes for fresh salsa since about 2011 or so.  We have a couple different recipes we like but this one is one of my personal favorites and since I'm the one who is usually making the salsa for the meal, this is what I typically make.  I like that it uses ingredients from the pantry - like canned diced tomatoes, so I don't have to worry if we are out of tomatoes or not!  But if we do have them on hand I can use fresh - or I can a mixture of both canned and fresh.

Homemade Salsa in a  Blender

1 15 oz. (ish) can diced tomatoes or about 1 1/2 cups diced, fresh tomatoes
1 small can diced mild chilies
one small fresh jalapeno, or about 1 1/2 t from a jar of diced jalapeno's
1/4 c firmly packed fresh cilantro leaves or parsley leaves if you don't care for cilantro
1/4 c chopped red or yellow onion
1 T fresh lime juice
1/2 t ground cumin
1/2 t garlic, fresh minced
1/4 t salt

Place all ingredients in a blender - briefly pulse just 4 - 6 times for a smooth texture.  Cover and chill until serving. Serve with tortilla chips, with your favorite meal calling for salsa, etc. 

We like diced fresh avocado's with a dash of lime and sprinkle of salt served with it.  We scoop a piece of avocado and a scoop of salsa on our chip.  If we have time we may make guacamole but if we don't want to bother, this is awesome and those that don't care for guacamole or avocados don't have to have any and those of that do, gobble it up.

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