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How to Make Restaurant Style Salsa

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I have never met anyone that liked salsa as much as my husband. He can go through a jar at one sitting. He also loves to snack on chips and salsa throughout the week, not just when we are having Mexican food for a meal. Due to his love of salsa and due to my family’s obsession with Mexican food in general, I knew that I needed to figure out a good recipe instead of relying on those overpriced jars from the grocery store. Personally, I can’t stand store bought salsa.

The fresh squeezed lime juice and fresh cilantro are what really brings this salsa recipe to life in my opinion. The chopped onion is a MUST as well. I’ve tried to make the salsa with onion powder and dried chopped onion when I was out of “real” onion. It will do in a pinch, but I have to tell you that the flavor won’t be the same. It’s close, but not the real deal. (HA)

I finally figured it out and I’m here to tell you how to make restaurant style salsa that you are sure to LOVE!

Restaurant style salsa in blender and beside the blender is a bowl of tomatoes, cilantro, lemons, onion, and peppers.

restaurant style salsa recipe

Tools needed:

Pantry ingredients:

  • 2 (10 oz cans Rotel)
  • 1 (28 oz can whole tomatoes with juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Fridge ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 small limes juiced or 1 large lime


  • 1/2 teaspoon Tony’s seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Cumin to taste
  • Chili powder to taste
Pictures of the steps on how to make restaurant style salsa.

restaurant style salsa instructions

  • Add all ingredients to your blender.
  • Then, blend on high until you reach your desired consistency. We like our salsa smooth and pureed.
Pictures of restaurant style salsa being blended.

how to make your salsa spicier without changing the flavor

  • First, you can add fresh jalapeños (For the hottest flavor, keep the seeds in) I would avoid pickled jalapeños unless you are okay with the flavor that the pickling liquid is going to give the salsa.
  • Second, you can use HOT Rotel tomatoes instead of mild or original.

what do you eat with restaurant style salsa?

Blender with salsa in it.

Restaurant Style Salsa

Jessie Thompson & Seasonal, Southern Living in Spanish
You don't have to wait until you visit your favorite Mexican restaurant to get your "fix" of good salsa. This recipe is just what you've been looking for! Garlic, onion, tomatoes, and fresh lime juice come together in harmony to make the most DELICIOUS restaurant style salsa. Blend well for just the right consistency and you've got the best dip a chip can find anywhere.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican


  • 1 Blender


  • 2 10 oz cans Rotel1 (28 oz can whole tomatoes with juice)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tony's seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
  • Chili powder (to taste)
  • Cumin (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 small limes


  • Add all ingredients to your blender.
  • Blend on high until you reach your desired consistency. We like our salsa smooth and pureed.


Keyword dip, salsa

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