Restaurant Style Salsa

On tacos or tortilla chips, it doesn’t get better than this super easy homemade salsa! Just like your favorite restaurant style, but even more zesty and flavorful!

Restaurant Style Salsa – On tacos or tortilla chips, it doesn't get better than this super easy, zesty homemade salsa! |

Living in Southern Texas, we certainly get our fill of scrumptious salsa. Not only do we have tons of tasty Mexican joints, but my friends make a killer homemade salsa for our neighborhood happy hours …Which are made all the more happy with a cold cocktail and a chipful of tangy tomato goodness!

Restaurant Style Salsa – On tacos or tortilla chips, it doesn't get better than this super easy, zesty homemade salsa! |

I’ve always been curious to try making my own salsa, though. I mean, I’ve made salsa before, but not like this! Every recipe I came up with seemed overly complicated, and you know I’m not all about that. This time, I just wanted to keep it super simple and quick.

Restaurant Style Salsa – On tacos or tortilla chips, it doesn't get better than this super easy, zesty homemade salsa! |

Because who has time to wait for fresh, homemade salsa? Not this greedy double-dipper…

Restaurant Style Salsa – On tacos or tortilla chips, it doesn't get better than this super easy, zesty homemade salsa! |

This salsa really is one of the best I’ve made. It has a very vibrant, fresh taste and is as amazing on a tortilla chip as it is on top of tacos!

In case you’re concerned about the whole jalapeno that the recipe calls for, you can start by adding just half. The spiciness of the entire jalapeno is actually very mild, but I understand everyone’s spice tolerance differs. And if you’re skeptical about using canned tomatoes, just buy the best quality you can find and have faith! This stuff is truly irresistible!

Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa

Yield: 2 cups


  • 1 28 oz. can whole, peeled tomatoes, drained
  • 1 14-15 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow or white onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Juice from 1 small lime or 1/2 large lime


  1. Combine 5 whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes with liquid, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, salt, cumin, cilantro and lime juice in a food processor.* Pulse until you get the salsa to your desired consistency – I do about 10 for a smooth yet slightly chunky salsa. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  2. Refrigerate salsa for at least one hour before serving. Store in a resealable container up to 4 days.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips and/or your favorite Mexican meal.
  4. Enjoy!

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  1. I’m dying to use this phrase — SALSALICIOUS!

  2. Salsa! What a splendid idea! Love how vibrant yours looks!

  3. Love the photos, I want to take a bite right now! Homemade salsa is ALWAYS best, only problem is it’s hard to stop dipping into it! Great recipe.

  4. This salsa looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try it.

  5. This salsa makes me think of warm summer days and margaritas :)

  6. That salsa looks absolutely fantastic!!! I need that right now. xx. McKenna Lou

  7. I still haven’t found my “ultimate” salsa recipe either but this looks so fresh and tasty that it’s definitely in the running! I’ll be trying it out at my next party!

  8. Yes please! I tend to eat my weight in salsa almost daily – can’t wait to try this!

  9. My hubby loves salsa at Mexican restaurants. I’ll have to try this for him!

  10. It’s impossible to beat the real deal when it comes to salsa, and your gorgeous photos will guarantee everyone skips the store-bought stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Can’t beat homemade salsa! Yours sounds fabulous, and I’m all about adding the entire jalapeno. :)

  12. I love homemade salsas like this one. Yum!

  13. Okay, so I’m totally not a tomato fan at all but I strangely love cooking with it and my husband would absolutely love this! Looks fantastic, even coming from a tomato hater ;)

  14. We go through a lot of salsa at my house, so I’m always interested in trying new recipes! Homemade is the best!

  15. Why would anyone want storebought salsa when they can have this?!?! I would gladly slurp this up with a spoon… ;)

  16. I tried to make it with fresh tomatoes and it came out like a blob. Clearly canned wins! :)

  17. This is gorgeous, Georgia! I adore chunky salsa like this. And have I mentioned that your design goes so well with your bright photos? I just love it!

  18. I am SUCH a sucker for chips and salsa, especially from restaurants. This sounds amazing!!

  19. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Can I tell you sometimes I want salsa and chips for dinner…and nothing else! Your salsa is so vibrant and looks so good, Georgia! Save me a bowl;)

  20. I’m a salsa fanatic. My go-to Friday night treat is salsa, chips and a glass of well deserved wine after a long ork week. I love that this is so easy to make, and the whole jalapeno is perfect for me. I love the kick!

  21. I could just dive into a bowl of this right now!

  22. wow this sounds like such a great recipe! I wanna try this one out, thanks for sharing

  23. I love homemade salsa… this one looks terrific!

  24. I crave salsa! This recipe looks scrumptious. Yum!

  25. Looks gorgoues! We always make homemade salsa here, but I am definitely going to have to try this recipe soon. It is a summer staple!

  26. I would love some salsa and chips right about now :)

  27. Totally saving this recipe, I love making homemade salsa.

  28. I could eat a VAT of your salsa!!!!

  29. 5 stars
    Wow…this stuff looks beautiful Georgia! I tend to over complicate some of my food…so glad that this is simple. And that whole jalapeno… that your way of making sure you are the ONLY greedy double dipper? I had to laugh at your comment….but for me…the spicier the better! : )

  30. Another great post. I bet a bowl of this would only last a few minutes at one of my family gatherings!

  31. This bowl of salsa looks absolutely perfect-homemade is just the best!!!

  32. 5 stars
    I love your photos! Restaurant-style salsa is so much better than the kind I make myself. I’m going to have to try your recipe next time. :)

  33. Beautiful salsa…love the colorful pictures of your salsa…simple and so flavorful…yum!
    Have a great weekend Georgia :)

  34. Your salsa looks absolutely beautiful :D


  35. I make guacamole at home all the time but always buy salsa from the store – weird I know! This looks great. I will want it even spicier!

  36. I like what you did with this. Salsa is something I need to have on hand constantly for those in front of the TV, late night cravings! Such pretty photos!

  37. 5 stars
    You know I could eat a gallon of this….mmm

  38. your description of this salsa made me curious. My husband has a copy cat recipe from Chevy’s but it takes a long time to prepare (from grilling all the peppers…) so he probably makes once a year. This looks delicious and I should send him this recipe. :D

  39. 5 stars
    Loving this recipe with canned tomatoes!!…Question…in directions…you say to drain the whole tomatoes you pick out of the can…but in the “how-to” say to add the “liquid”…is this liquid from the drained whole tomatoes..or from the diced tomatoes?!

    I’m confused …but so very eager to try to replicate this wonder!…Thanks in advance for any advice!!

  40. As the recipe states, add the “diced tomatoes with liquid.” This doesn’t apply to the whole tomatoes.

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