This Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa tastes like it came straight from your favorite Mexican restaurant, and it’s ready in 10 minutes!
The first time I ate at as authentic Mexican restaurant, I was blown away when the customary bowl of chips and salsa arrived at the table. The salsa was so… different. Different from all of the jarred salsas that I had ever known. The chunks weren’t as big, it had more heat, and you could clearly taste the tomatoes, lime, and cilantro. To say that I loved it would be a massive understatement; I could have easily made a meal of just fresh tortilla chips and that salsa.
It took me awhile, but I eventually found the absolute best recipe for restaurant style salsa so that I could make it at home. I’ve been making this recipe for well over five years now, and it is by far my favorite salsa, ever.
(And speaking of making a meal out of chips and salsa… my husband and I totally did that for lunch on Saturday!)
Not only is this salsa bursting with tons of fresh flavors, but it couldn’t be easier or quicker to make. Just put all of the ingredients into a food processor (I think a blender would work too), and then pulse to your desired consistency. BOOM! Done!
I keep cans of whole tomatoes and Rotel in pantry just in case an emergency batch of salsa needs to be made!
Sit down with an entire bag of tortilla chips, a bowl of this salsa, and watch them both disappear. Or make one of my favorite quick snacks – my mom used to make this a lot when we were watching TV in the evening: spread a little bit of cream cheese on a plate, top with shredded cheddar and microwave until the cheese is melted. Top with salsa and dig in!
You know how after you make spaghetti sauce your fingers smell like garlic? Well, when I was done making this, my fingers smelled like jalapeño, lime and cilantro. Major success!
This recipe makes a huge amount, so it’s perfect to have on hand for a party, for a game day, or just to keep in the refrigerator for snacking.
Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa
Yield: About 6 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa tastes like it came straight from your favorite Mexican restaurant, and it's ready in 10 minutes!
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
2 (10-ounce) cans Rotel
½ small onion, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1 jalepeño, seeds removed and thinly sliced
½ cup cilantro
Juice from ½ a lime
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until it reaches your desired consistency (less for a chunkier salsa, more for a thinner one - my salsa pictured above was 8 to 10 pulses). Refrigerate for at least one hour, then serve with your favorite tortilla chips. This salsa can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
*Note: This makes a large quantity, so if you are using a food processor with less than an 11-cup capacity, work in batches.
(Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman)
This recipe was originally published on May 3, 2011.