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

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 can (28-Ounce) Whole Tomatoes (drained)
  • 2 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 TB fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 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
  • Dash of ground cumin


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.

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

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

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

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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! :)

  17. 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!

  18. 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! :)

  19. 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! :)

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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! :)

  23. 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! :)

  24. Barbara posted on January 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm (#

    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.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 1, 2017 at 7:46 am (#

      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. 108 Mantras posted on February 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm (#

    Looks easy and healthy.

  26. HAROLD STOTLER posted on February 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm (#

    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. Art padilla posted on February 24, 2017 at 5:32 am (#

    look delicious

  28. Chris posted on February 24, 2017 at 2:51 pm (#

    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. Danielle posted on April 19, 2017 at 6:39 pm (#

    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 posted on April 20, 2017 at 7:51 am (#

      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. Railway adda posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:32 am (#

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

  31. nancy mccullough posted on June 9, 2017 at 10:03 pm (#

    Looking for the PIN button

    • Jamielyn posted on June 10, 2017 at 6:29 pm (#

      If you hold your cursor over an image the pin button will pop up in the top righthand corner. :)

  32. Jennifer posted on August 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 17, 2017 at 5:49 pm (#

      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. Beth posted on August 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on August 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm (#

      It is my favorite! Love chips and homemade salsa!

  34. Mike posted on August 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm (#

    Salsa recipe looks good 

    • Jamielyn posted on August 24, 2017 at 3:57 pm (#

      It’s always a hit! Hope you enjoy!

  35. Rocky Marceau posted on August 28, 2017 at 6:14 am (#

    love salsa!

  36. Sunaina posted on September 14, 2017 at 7:28 am (#

    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…..!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm (#

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy!

  37. Jenny Pena posted on October 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm (#

      I’m so glad you guys liked it! Homemade salsa is the best!!!

  38. Kirti Yadav posted on October 16, 2017 at 1:20 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on October 17, 2017 at 4:57 pm (#

      Hope you enjoy! :)