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.
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, in part because of one secret ingredient. 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.
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.
What’s the Secret to Making Great Salsa?
The secret ingredient I mentioned earlier, and what makes this salsa better than any other salsa you’ve had, is chicken bouillon. An odd ingredient for salsa, right? Trust me on this one. The savory aspect that chicken bouillon brings to this salsa is what elevates it to the next level. It’s what has you finishing two bowls of the stuff at the restaurant before your meal arrives, and it’s what will have your friends and family demanding you make this salsa on the regular.
Serves: 10 | Prep Time: 5 minutes
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.
Step 3: Serve chips and salsa immediately, and definitely don’t forget this one with the street tacos.
- food processor
- 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