Restaurant Style Salsa


Restaurant style salsa! This salsa is SO good! I have tried my fair share of salsa’s living in AZ and I have to say this is the best homemade salsa recipe I have tried yet! We make this at least once a month! Make sure you have lots of chips on hand. ;)

Restaurant style salsa... this stuff is AMAZING and super easy to make!

Restaurant Style Salsa


  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes (drained)
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies) Original or Mild
  • ¼ cups Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cups Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 TB fresh lime juice
    If you like your salsa spicy throw in:
  • 1/2 to 1 Jalapeño, chopped fine
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin


Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until you get a nice consistency. I blend mine for about 10-15 seconds. Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Women

This salsa is the best recipe I have found yet! Just make sure to have a BIG bag (or two) of tortilla chips…you won’t want to run out! ;)

Restaurant style salsa... this is seriously the best out there!


Restaurant style salsa... the best out there!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Bettie Rocker posted on June 16, 2010 at 6:05 am (#

    aw man, mexican food is my WEAKNESS! i will definately be making this soon. like tonight kind of soon!

  2. jennoreilly posted on June 18, 2010 at 6:38 am (#

    oh, this does look good! I think my hub would LOVE this, def do the more to taste on the cilantro though we have a big weakness for cilantro!

    Stopping by from TidyMom, come visit me if you get a sec :)

    Happy Friday!

  3. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet posted on June 18, 2010 at 8:32 am (#

    You can't beat homemade salsa! YUM!

  4. Yenta Mary posted on June 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm (#

    Hi! Found you through the Treehouse, and now following along … :) That salsa looks fabulous!

  5. Catmull's posted on June 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm (#

    You don't know me but I read your blog. made this salsa and it is AMAZING! my family ate the whole thing before I finished making a salad. And they are super picky. thanks for sharing I am in L O V E with this!!

  6. The Answer Is Chocolate posted on June 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm (#

    Yum! I could eat salsa every day so will definitely give this a try. Saw you on Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming. Think with our blog names, we have anything in common? lol

  7. Katie P posted on June 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm (#

    Yum yum yum! I'm making flautas tonight, this would go awesome with them!!

    Katie P
    Food, Wine, & Mod Podge

  8. Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! posted on June 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm (#

    This is right up our ally! We have planted a salsa garden this year…ok, just a few tomato plants, cilantro and other herbs, and different peppers. We have gotten a few peppers already, lots of cilantro, but still waiting patiently for the tomatos. Can't wait! Thanks for showing us this recipe on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

  9. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming posted on June 22, 2010 at 8:28 am (#

    Inspiring recipe! I can't wait to try this! TFS! Thanks for joining the Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  10. Kim -today's creative blog posted on June 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm (#

    I do need to try that! Looks great. Thanks for linking up, please don't forget to add my link to your post. :)

  11. Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch posted on June 23, 2010 at 4:11 am (#

    My husband LOVES salsa and I so far my attempts at making it from scratch have totally BOMBED! I will definitely have to try this. I think he would love it.

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Messy Monday.

  12. JHill posted on June 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm (#

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  13. ★All Thingz Related★ posted on June 28, 2010 at 9:28 am (#

    Yum! I'm gonna try it!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

  14. Rachael posted on June 29, 2010 at 11:57 am (#

    just made it…. yum!!! Thanks for sharing. I love your blog!

  15. Karen @ THEBUSYBUG posted on February 17, 2011 at 10:34 am (#

    Jamielyn, could I store this salsa in my storage or do I have to use it right away? Is there a shelf life? TFS. Bug Hugs.

  16. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on January 27, 2014 at 5:30 am (#

    I know this post is a couple years old now, but wow, this stuff looks PERFECT! Pinned & I need to make it!

  17. Randi Sowders posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm (#

    OMG this looks amazing. Totally pinning and making it next week, I LOVE SALSA!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm (#

      I love salsa too! Hope you enjoy this Randi! :)

  18. Angela posted on April 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm (#

    I just made this and it was amazing, I didn’t have a jalapeño to spice it up so I added a little cayenne pepper and it was the perfect!!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm (#

      I’m glad you liked it Angela! We LOVE salsa in our house!

  19. kelly posted on May 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm (#

    I just made this for a dinner party tonight. We are having a taco bar and this salsa is perfect.

    • Jamielyn posted on May 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm (#

      I’m glad you liked it Kelly! This would be perfect for a taco bar! :)

  20. Esther Lord posted on June 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm (#

    Hi, hope all is well !! I made these for dinner last night and they were absolutely delicious. So good as a matter of fact, that we are polishing them off tonight for leftovers with some rice and beans. Thank you for sharing !!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm (#

      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe he Esther! Thanks for your comment! :)

  21. Kaye Maynor posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm (#

    Can this be made in advance?  I was thinking about making some for our Bazaar Sale.  And maybe to give as gifts.  How long can it be stored before using?

    • Jamielyn posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:24 pm (#

      Hi Kaye! Yes, this can definitely be made in advance. It usually only lasts a week in my house, but it should stay good for about 2 weeks.

  22. kristin posted on October 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm (#

    Love salsa!! Can’t wait to try!! How would you make it if you wanted like peach salsa? I’d love to try some different flavors.

  23. Connie stutz posted on November 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm (#

    How long–how many days–does the salsa last before it starts to go bad? Seems like you’d have to put an expiration date.

    • Laura Capello posted on November 2, 2015 at 7:09 am (#

      Homemade salsa lasts 5 – 7 days in the fridge, but we always manage to eat the batch much earlier than that! :)

  24. Helene posted on October 19, 2016 at 8:31 am (#

    Hi, this salsa looks amazing! I would like to make some for Christmas presents this year, and was wondering how long the salsa would keep (in a sealed container) in a fridge? Thanks!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on October 19, 2016 at 11:26 am (#

      It should keep for about two weeks, but it never makes it that long here! :)