This restaurant style Salsa Recipe takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. Serve with tortilla chips and there won’t be any leftovers!
Next time you are having friends over and need a quick appetizer or snack, make this simple salsa recipe! Everyone will be impressed and only you will know how easy it was to make.
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Salsa Recipe Ingredients
Our salsa recipe is a simple combination of tomatoes, cilantro, onions, jalapenos, lime juice, and seasonings. You can easily swap ingredients or add more of what you want to make it your own. Scroll down for the complete recipe with ingredient measurements.
- Tomatoes: We used two kinds of canned tomatoes in this salsa recipe. Rotel contains diced tomatoes with green chilies, and it has a lot of flavor with some heat. We also used diced fire-roasted tomatoes, which add a smoky flavor and a little sweetness.
- Cilantro: The cilantro adds a lot of flavor and a bright pop of color to the salsa.
- Onion: We used red onion for the added color, but you can substitute white or yellow onions if you prefer.
- Garlic: This recipe calls for one clove of minced garlic. But you can add more garlic if you love lots of garlic in your salsa.
- Jalapeno: The minced jalapeno brings the heat! But if you prefer mild salsa, skip the jalapeno. On the other hand, remove the seeds and membrane for medium salsa, or you can leave them in for a spicy version.
- Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice is the perfect complement to the tomatoes and onions.
- Seasonings: For seasonings, we used kosher salt, chili powder, ground cumin, and black pepper.
How To Make Salsa
Making restaurant-style salsa is one of the easiest things you’ll ever make. And that’s a good thing since your family and friends will want you to make this recipe again and again. Scroll down for the printable recipe card and complete instructions.
- Blend: Put all of the ingredients in your food processor (or high-speed blender) and then pulse it several times. If you want chunky salsa, only pulse it a few times. On the other hand, if you want small pieces, pulse the salsa for longer.
- Chill: The salsa is ready to eat right after blending it, but we recommend chilling it in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to really combine.
- Serve: You can serve the chilled salsa as an appetizer with your favorite tortilla chips or another option is to serve it as a topping for tacos.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fresh Roma tomatoes can be diced and used to make this salsa. Add some diced chilies to give it a similar flavor as the Rotel. To make fire-roasted tomatoes, slice the Roma tomatoes in half and drizzle them with olive oil. Roast them at 450˚F for 40-50 minutes until charred.
This salsa recipe was not formulated for canning and is not cooked/boiled. For more information about canning salsa see this fact sheet.
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- 10 oz can Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies
- 14.5 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- ½ cup chopped onions
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ jalapeno minced (remove seeds and membrane for mild or leave for spicy)*
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- Put all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse until desired consistency.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.