Restaurant Style Salsa


Restaurant style salsa made in a blender in less than 10 minutes! Seriously the best recipe out there.

Homemade salsa is sort of my weakness. It is hard finding a restaurant with GOOD salsa out in Ohio, so we usually end up making this once a week. This salsa is seriously 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! It is seriously our favorite. Make sure you have lots of chips on hand. You have been fair warned. ;)

Restaurant style salsa... this dip tastes AMAZING and is super easy to make in the blender!


We made this recipe for a YW/YM fundraiser several years ago and everyone loved it! Luckily I got the recipe from my friend (who found it in The Pioneer Women Cookbook) and have tweaked it a little here and there over the years until it was just right. I usually never measure things and just taste as I go. Feel free to add more cilantro and seasonings to your taste. This salsa not only tastes great with chips, but on top of pretty much anything. We love to make a big batch and serve it on tacos or burrito bowls throughout the week. Mmm.. soo good! I could eat this stuff daily and never get sick of it!

How to make Restaurant Style Salsa Video

All you need to make this salsa is a few simple ingredients: canned tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic, salt and fresh lime juice. If you like it spicy feel free to add in a jalepeno and a dash of cumin. Then all you do is combine the ingredients in a blender and pulse it a few times. Seriously, so easy to make!Homemade salsa recipe... this is seriously the best out there!

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Restaurant Style Salsa
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 3 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

this salsa taste just like the salsa you eat at a restaurant! A must try! So good.



  • 1 (28 ounces) can 28-Ounce Whole Tomatoes (drained)
  • 2 (10 ounces) cans 10-Ounce Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies) Original or Mild
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup Cilantro finely chopped (more or less to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • Pinch of sugar optional
  • If you like your salsa a little spicy throw in:
  • 1/2 to 1 Jalapeño chopped fine


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times until you get a nice consistency. Taste, and add more spice as needed. Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour before serving to help marinate the flavors. Serve with tortilla chips or on top of your favorite Mexican dish.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to use fresh tomatoes if they are in season.

Nutrition Facts
Restaurant Style Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3
% Daily Value*
Sodium 36mg 2%
Potassium 3mg 0%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

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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69 comments on “Restaurant Style Salsa”

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

  2. 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 Reply

    You can't beat homemade salsa! YUM!

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

  5. 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 Reply

    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. 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! Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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. ★All Thingz Related★ Reply

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

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

  14. Karen @ THEBUSYBUG Reply

    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.

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

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

  17. 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!!

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

  19. 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 !!

  20. 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?

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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

  23. 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!

  24. I love salsa but I would love to make my own. I love your recipe but as I live in Ireland I cannot get the canned tomatoes with chili here what can I do instead to get the same result.

    • If you can get them canned separately that would work or if you can get them fresh, blanch them and remove the skins, and then chop them up and save the juices. :)

  25. Looks easy and healthy.

  26. I make this recipe all the time and my family can’t get enough! I use the 1/2 cup cilantro and a seeded diced jalapeno and it tastes exactly like the salsa at our favorite mexican restaurant.

  27. look delicious

  28. Just so you understand, I’m such a rookie that I almost gave up looking for cilantro until someone handed me Coriander and said it’s the same think…I had no idea. Anyway, I made it today with the help of my Wife showing me some of the basic steps, and it turned out great! Even my Wife who was a little sceptical loved it. Were definitely marking this again!

  29. Have you ever tried canning the salsa to keep it on hand. If you have done how did you do it, and how long did it keep?

    • I Heart Naptime Reply

      I haven’t! Canned salsa needs to have a certain amount of acidity to it and this hasn’t been tested to right amount of acidity.

  30. This is a. Perfect salsa!!! Delish!!!

  31. nancy mccullough Reply

    Looking for the PIN button

  32. Hi! New to the site~ wanted to try this homemade salsa.  Do you
    recommend any brand for whole tomatoes? AND if using fresh tomatoes
    what kind do you recommend?  Thanks!

    • Hi Jennifer! I usually use Costco or Kroger brand tomatoes! I haven’t made this salsa with fresh tomatoes, but I would recommend tomatoes from the garden if possible! :)

  33. I got this recipe from Pioneer Woman’s show one time.  And, it is the best. I have tried others.

  34. Salsa recipe looks good 

  35. love salsa!

  36. Hi Jamielyn…! your salsa looks so yummy and good, this is one of my favorite dish till now and i will make it like you… Thanks for sharing amazing post…..!

  37. We made this quickly when my husband sprung it on me that he needed to have salsa for a contest at work. He tried it before I even put it away for overnight and couldn’t stop eating. He says we’re never buying canned stuff again! Thank you for a super easy recipe that’s also really tasty!

  38. The red color of tomatoes and the hot Jalapeño makes it so delicious. I am going to try it soon.

  39. Sorry if this was previously asked… can the salsa be frozen? 

  40. So…… as much as I love love love jalapenos, I just can’t eat them anymore. It makes me super sad. Do you have a substitute chili that I can use?

  41. This is very imilar to my roasted salsa. Difference is that I use fresh roma tomoates, cut them in half lengthwise, and roast them under the broiler until turning brown. And no sugar!

  42. In the printed recipe it says to drain the tomatoes but in the video it looks like they used the juice and didn’t drain it. Just wondering which I should do?

  43. Loved this recipe! I added an extra jalapeno because we like a little more spice. Oh, and 2 cloves of garlic! By the way Jamielyn, where is your cute blue flower bowl with the yellow rim from? I’d love to have a few for the salsa! : )

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