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Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe – Super Delicious

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Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe – Super Delicious

Honey Bee and I have a favorite, local Mexican restaurant that we visit at least once a week. Truth be told, there have been some weeks that we go to El Agave twice. In fact, we ate there last night with some new friends. I could make a meal by just having their house-made salsa, chips and margaritas! While waiting for our dinner order, I’m too embarrassed to admit how many baskets of chips and bowls of salsa we go through. LOL After much experimenting, and with some recipe details from the restaurant owners, this is my version for restaurant style salsa recipe.

The key to successful salsa making is the fresh ingredients.

On this particular day, my pantry only had chopped tomatoes – and the salsa still came out perfectly!

Yield: 12 servings

Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe - Super Delicious

Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe - Super Delicious

Delicious restaurant style salsa made with fresh ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1- 28 ounce can whole tomatoes with juice
  • 2 - 10 ounce cans Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • *optional for spicier salsa 1 whole jalapeno


  1. In a blender or a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Pulse until the salsa is well pureed to salsa consistency. Do a taste test, preferably with a tortilla chip. Add more seasonings of your choice - if needed.
  3. Refrigerate the salsa for at least 1 hour. It's best if made at least 4 hours ahead of time.
  4. Store in glass, airtight containers...like a Mason jar

Super Quick

Just dump everything into a blender or food processor and puree. It doesn’t get any easier that that!

This is heaven in a bowl. We love snacking on fresh salsa and chips with lunch, happy hour and especially on the weekends.

Cilantro is key to the restaurant salsa flavor. It’s funny how some people hate cilantro – they think it tastes like soap. We’ve discovered that you either love it or despise it – there is no in-between. Just ask a group of people about this innocent herb, and you just might spark the next great debate LOL.

The scoop-able tortilla chips are best. They hold the best amount of salsa!

Please give our restaurant style salsa a try!What’s your favorite Mexican restaurant? Do you love salsa as much as we do?

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  1. Vicki — I am so glad someone else shares the salsa/chips addiction. I live in New Mexico and it is a food group all of it’s own here, along with chile (red or green). Just wanted to add that you can also use El Pato Salsa de Chile Fresco as a base for your homemade style salsa instead of just canned tomatoes. I also keep this in the pantry to top my meatloaf (instead of sweet/goopy ketchup). It is just a very flexible staple to have around. In fact, I believe El Pato is what some restaurants use as their “salsa” (with nothing added). I am sure you can find it where you live in the Mexican section. Here is the Walmart link below. Give it a try – I think you will be surprised. Plus – save up the empty cans and when you have your next Cinco party – use them as your base for floral centerpieces either faux or fresh. Plenty of examples on etsy. Good luck and godspeed. Penny


  2. Mexican food is my favorite food! I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks amazing. All of your recipes I’ve made so far have been a hit and I know this one will be too. Hugs, CoCo

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