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Restaurant-Style Salsa

Homemade restaurant style salsa in a bowl dressed with cilantro. With chips, cilantro, and limes.

You know the type of salsa we’re talking about here, right? You’ve been there…you sit down at your favorite Mexican restaurant, hungry as a hostage, with grandiose plans of ordering the 3 enchilada, 2 taco with beans and rice dinner. You make your order along with and a nice margarita, and out come those warm salty chips and that amazing restaurant-style salsa.

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Two bowls of chips and three bowls of that fresh salsa later and you’re full as a tick, and your entrée hasn’t even come out yet. That salsa is just that dang good. Today we’re going to make an even better version of that salsa at home and not only is it easy and delicious, it’s quick! This is going to take about 5 minutes, tops. I promise you⁠—this quick and easy recipe is going to become a family favorite immediately. Everyone is going to love this salsa.

Food processor with restaurant style salsa processed and ready to serve.

Being more of a homemade type of guy, like with my homemade enchilada sauce and street tacos, I’m almost ashamed that this recipe comes almost entirely from canned items. The upside, however, is that often times the ingredients can be found on sale at the local grocery store for next to nothing. Because they are canned, they keep a long while, definitely a plus if you’re watching your grocery budget.

Ingredients for the restaurant style salsa: chicken bouillon, cilantro, garlic, onion, lime, and canned tomatoes.

Can I Store Homemade Salsa?

In short, yes. This super easy homemade salsa recipe can be stored in an airtight container for a few days in the fridge. I would just say it is best served at room temp so keep that in mind as you eat it. I tend to use a glass jar for storage just because the tomatoes tend to stain anything plastic.

Restaurant style salsa stored in a glass jar.

Restaurant-Style Salsa

Serves: 10 | Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
1 can Rotel hot diced tomatoes, mild if you don’t like the heat
1 can Rotel chipotle diced tomatoes
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Juice from one lime
1/2 large yellow or white onion, cut into about 1″ squares
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup cilantro, about a handful

How to Make Restaurant-Style Salsa:

Step 1: Drain all three cans of tomatoes.

Step 2: Add all ingredients to food processor and turn on high for about 15–20 seconds or until you get the desired consistency.

Ingredients for the restaurant style salsa in a food processor ready to be processed: chicken bouillon, garlic, onion, lime, cilantro, salt, and canned tomatoes.

Food processor with restaurant style salsa processed and ready to serve.

Step 3: Serve chips and salsa immediately, and definitely don’t forget this one with the street tacos.

Homemade restaurant style salsa in a bowl dressed with cilantro. With chips and cilantro.

Restaurant-Style Salsa

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Restaurant-Style Salsa
Prep Time
5 mins
 

Restaurant-style salsa that's better than what you get in the restaurant⁠. This quick and easy recipe will be an immediate family favorite.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings: 10
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Drain all three cans of tomatoes.

  2. Add all ingredients to food processor and turn on high for about 15–20 seconds or until you get the desired consistency.

  3. Serve chips and salsa immediately, and definitely don’t forget this one with the street tacos.

Recipe Notes

You know the type of salsa we’re talking about here. Right, you’ve been there. You sit down at your favorite Mexican restaurant, hungry as a hostage, surrounded by grandiose plates⁠ with the 3 enchilada, 2 taco with beans and rice dinner. You order that and a nice margarita, and out come those warm salty chips and that amazing restaurant-style salsa.

 

Two bowls of chips and three bowls of that fresh salsa later and you’re full as a tick, and your entrée hasn’t even come out yet. That salsa is just that dang good. Today we’re going to make an even better version of that salsa at home and not only is it easy and delicious, it’s quick! This is going to take about 5 minutes, tops. I promise you⁠—this quick and easy recipe is going to become a family favorite immediately. Everyone is going to love this salsa.

 

Being more of a homemade type of guy, like with my homemade enchilada sauce and street tacos, I’m almost ashamed that this recipe comes almost entirely from canned items. The upside, however, is that often times the ingredients can be found on sale at the local grocery store for next to nothing. Because they are canned, they keep a long while, definitely a plus if you’re watching your grocery budget.