Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant style salsa made at home in minutes! This is one of the easiest recipes and it tastes amazing! This post was originally published in June 2013 and has been updated with new photos and a video. The salsa recipe stayed the same, because it’s perfect as is!

Y’all know the kind of salsa I’m talking about, right? The smooth kind.

I like chunky salsa just as much as the next girl and pico de gallo and I had a baby together way back when, but don’t tell my husband.

Restauranst style salsa - this is the best salsa recipe ever!! #recipe #mexican #bunsinmyoven

This restaurant style salsa is one of my favorite recipes, though. I love the fact that I almost always have the ingredients on hand, something that’s easy to do since a lot of this comes from cans.

But don’t freak out about the can situation! I know a lot of people hear ‘salsa recipe’ and instantly think of a ton of fresh produce. I am here to tell you that, in this instance (and possibly ONLY in this instance) this homemade salsa just tastes better using canned tomatoes.

How to make salsa:

how to make salsa in a food processor

You’ll need a can of whole, peeled tomatoes, an onion, some jalapeno, garlic, cumin, lime, salt, and cilantro.

Add everything to a blender or food processor and process until the mixture is mostly smooth.

Use this recipe to top my fried tacos or as a dip for tortilla chips.

I love how quick this homemade Mexican salsa comes together, with just a few whirs in the blender to get the perfect consistency.

salsa recipe in bowl

This is pretty similar to Chili’s salsa recipe, except I added fresh cilantro, because I’m sorry Chili’s, but how could you forget to add cilantro? Not cool.

Feel free to adjust the spiciness by adding more or less jalapenos, but keep in mind that this gets spicier after it’s sat for awhile.

I like to leave it pretty mild when I’m making it and then it’s just about perfect for me after a couple of hours in the fridge. And for me, perfect is probably kinda wimpy. I’ll call it a medium spice, but after eating my way around Austin, Texas last week, I should just admit that no, actually, even mild food is too spicy for me. You Texas people are kinda crazy with the peppers.

This easy salsa recipe comes together in minutes and tastes just as good as Chili's salsa!

More recipes you might like:

Roasted Tomatilla Salsa – If you’re looking for a way to use up some of your garden veggies, this is the best option! Everything gets roasted in the oven and then blended together for a super flavorful salsa verde.

Cream Cheese Salsa Dip – if you’ve never tried adding cream cheese to salsa, you should stop what you’re doing now and make it happen.

Taco Casserole – if you’re getting tired of traditional tacos, you might like my taco lasagna!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos – one of our favorite recipes around here!

restaurant style salsa

This easy salsa recipe comes together in minutes and tastes just as good as Chili's salsa!
5 from 5 votes

Restaurant Style Salsa

Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: classic recipes, game day recipes, party recipes
Calories: 10 kcal

This restaurant style salsa comes together in about 5 minutes and it makes the best salsa I've ever had!


  • 15 ounces canned whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons diced canned jalapeno
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro optional


  1. Add everything to a blender or food processor and process until mostly smooth.

  2. Taste and add additional salt or lime juice as desired. Add additional jalapeno as desired, keeping in mind that the salsa will get spicier the longer it sits.

  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Restaurant Style Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 10
% Daily Value*
Sodium 148mg6%
Potassium 82mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 5.3mg6%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

Restaurant style salsa recipe

Original photo from 2013 of restaurant style salsa