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Restaurant Style Salsa

This Restaurant Style Salsa is insanely delicious and only takes minutes to make. Thick and bursting with flavor it’s everything a salsa should be.

This Restaurant Style Salsa is insanely delicious and only takes minutes to make. Thick and bursting with flavor it's everything a salsa should be.

We love tex-mex in our house, so it should come as no surprise that we take our salsa very seriously. It’s hard to find a jarred salsa we like, and while fresh salsa is amazing, we don’t always have delicious ripe tomatoes in our local store during the winter. This easy restaurant style salsa is the perfect solution!

Andy actually prefers this restaurant style salsa over fresh salsa, he likes the thick, smooth texture…and that it’s like what you’d find in a restaurant! I love that it still tastes fresh, even though it’s made with a can of whole tomatoes.

I have tried to get this same flavor a number of ways: cooking down fresh tomatoes, cooking down part of the salsa, straining fresh tomatoes…I could go on. Not only is a can of whole tomatoes easier, it gives that perfect thick texture I was looking for in a restaurant style salsa.

Restaurant Style Salsa!

I actually tried developing this recipe with the aforementioned methods last summer but to no avail. Then I saw The Pioneer Woman’s version of fresh salsa on one of her shows and I knew I had to try the canned tomato method! As usual, it was amazing. I didn’t add any salt to my salsa since we usually eat it with salted chips I didn’t want things to taste overly salty.

Restaurant Style Salsa!

She uses fresh lime juice in her salsa, which would be an amazing addition. Since we don’t eat the whole batch at once and I end up storing it in the fridge or freezer, I’ll add a little more cilantro and some lime juice right before serving so the freshness of those flavors is preserved.

Restaurant Style Salsa!

As always, customize the heat to your preference. I would say this has a mild to medium spice if you wanted more try leaving the seeds and membranes of the jalapeno in and then adjust from there. My jalapeno in the video looks a little wilted because it’s actually one from my garden that I stored in the freezer and then let thaw out. They store great that way but do end up a little mushy so I use them in dishes where appearance isn’t going to matter. Ha!

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I think if I had an eternal supply of this stuff in my fridge, Andy’s life would be complete 🙂 . Looking for the perfect dinner to serve with chips and salsa? Check out my beef enchiladas, they are easy and amazing!

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Restaurant Style Salsa

This Restaurant Style Salsa is insanely delicious and only takes minutes to make. Thick and bursting with flavor it's everything a salsa should be.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword restaurant style salsa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 pint size mason jars
Calories 98 kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley

Ingredients

  • 28 ounces whole tomatoes with the liquid, large can
  • 1 whole onion roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed and peeled
  • 1 jalapeno with the seeds and membranes removed roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro leaves about 3/4 of a cup

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all of the above ingredients.
  2. Blend until desired consistency with an immersion blender.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

If you would like more spice, leave the seeds and membranes in the jalapeno. From there increase the amount if you still want more spice.

Alternatively, you can process this in a food processor until desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts
Restaurant Style Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 98
% Daily Value*
Sodium 571mg 24%
Potassium 844mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 12.1%
Vitamin C 61.4%
Calcium 14.4%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This Restaurant Style Salsa is insanely delicious and only takes minutes to make. Thick and bursting with flavor it's everything a salsa should be.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Alli
    January 4, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Favorite salsa recipe!

  • Reply
    Marlee Brady
    March 27, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    What a great recipe! We love salsa over here as well, I’ll have to try this one out… especially with canned tomatoes?! Yum!

    • Reply
      Alli
      March 27, 2017 at 1:17 PM

      Let me know how you like it Marlee!!

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