Santa Maria Salsa Recipe

Santa Maria Valley Style Salsa


Tangy Santa Maria Style Salsa

Learn how to make authentic Santa Maria style salsa! This mildly spicy topping helps give Santa Maria Style barbecue its distinctive, tangy flavor. For more heat, pick up an extra can of chili peppers and add a bit more.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Barbecue, Mexican


  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced mild green chiles
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp finely ground pepper


  • Combine 14 oz diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup diced mild green chiles, 1 medium white onion, 3 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 chopped garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp finely ground pepper in a large bowl and toss until well mixed.
  • Optional: Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to blend the flavors. Add more salt, pepper or garlic to the mix as necessary for taste.
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