Restaurant-Style Salsa

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x


This simple restaurant style salsa comes together with vibrant, fresh ingredients and a food processor for a quick and easy at-home dip!



  • 1/2 cup cilantro (more to taste)
  • 1/4 onion (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, outer skin removed
  • 1 whole jalapeno, halved (I take the seeds out)
  • 1 can whole tomatoes (28 ounce) or 1 quart home-canned whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles (10 ounce)


  1. Combine cilantro, onion, garlic, and jalapeno in a food processor. Process until all of the veggies are chopped, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the whole undrained tomatoes, sugar, salt, cumin, and lime juice, and pulse a few times, until you get the salsa consistency that you like (10-15 pulses).
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, and pulse one or two times to combine. Test the seasonings on a tortilla chip, and adjust accordingly.
  4. The salsa is much better when it has time to sit. Let it rest for at least an hour before serving with warm tortilla chips or any other Mexican dish.
  5. And if you missed it, this is amazing with homemade baked tortilla chips!

  • Category: side
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 10 SERVING SIZE: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 24.4 Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 148.7mg Carbohydrates: 5.4g Sugars: 3.6g Protein: 1.1g Vitamin A: 28.5µg Vitamin C: 17.7mg

Keywords: salsa recipe, salsa, tomato, mexican food