Restaurant Style Salsa


Restaurant Style Salsa

I spent the day yesterday cleaning out my 8 year olds room.  When we moved into this house a year ago, we just put all the kids games and toys in his closet.  Considering he is 8, the 24-piece puzzles and Candy Land probably don’t really need to be there anymore.  So together we sorted through it ALL!  It took a few hours, and it was a hot and sweaty job.  But it is done.  Hopefully this means he will actually be able to keep his room clean.  Probably not, but I can hope.

Restaurant Style Salsa

Salsa has to be my all time favorite dip.  It is one of the biggest reasons why I like Mexican food (and the Margaritas!) so much.  I already have quite a few salsa recipes here on the blog, but that never stops me from trying new ones.  There is just so much you can do with salsa; quesadillas, taquitos, nachos, tacos, hamburgers, or just plain with tortilla chips.  I am even winning my 8 year old over.  As long as it isn’t spicy, he is becoming a fan of salsa as well!

Restaurant Style Salsa

The nice thing about making salsa at home, is you control the heat level and the ingredients.  You don’t like cilantro?  Leave it out.  Like lots of lime?  Add more.  Plus, you can use canned tomatoes, and make it all year round.  No waiting for the couple months of summer that fresh tomatoes are growing in the garden.

Yields 12

Fresh restaurant style salsa made at home

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (26 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced


  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until desired consistency. Taste, and adjust the seasonings to your taste.
  2. Store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 1 week.


Slightly adapted from Pioneer Woman



  1. I love making salsa at home. Heck I love salsa in any form!

  2. Salsa is so yummy, especially homemade! :)

  3. Mexican food is my FAVORITE! love a good simple salsa.

  4. I’ve made this salsa before too, and it’s SO scrumptious! One of the best (and easiest) I’ve ever made at home. Great recipe, Erin!

  5. I am a salsa fiend. Actually, a condiment fiend. I polish off salsas, guacs, and dips like it’s my day job and I am at risk of being fired. Lurve them. And love this!

  6. I think this looks better than any restaurant I’ve been to!

  7. Oh I love me some Salsa!! Living in the southwest I’m always searching for the best and brightest (and easiest) salsa recipes. I will definitely be trying this ASAP! Yum!!!

  8. I LOVE restaurant style salsa. I’m not too fond of the chunky style, so I’ve really never found any salsas in the store that I’m totally in love with. I’ve never made salsa at home before, but now I think I’m going to this weekend!

  9. This salsa looks so good, Erin! Perfect with my afternoon pita chips!

  10. Now this is a salsa I could just dive into it and polish off in mere seconds! Looks incredible!

  11. Yum, this looks just like restaurant salsa! I could dive right in!

  12. Love homemade salsa! This would be devoured at my house in no time!

  13. Yay for getting closets clean, although not yay about actually cleaning them 😉 This salsa looks delish! I love homemade!!

  14. I can eat salsa all day and not tire of it. I always have all these ingredients in the pantry so you bet I’ll be trying this!

  15. This is my kind of salsa! Nothing better. I will be pinning so I can make this soon!!!!

  16. Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about sauces? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already quite a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers

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