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restaurant style salsa in a white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips
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Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa ~ easy, 5 minute restaurant style salsa made in the blender from canned tomatoes.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: restaurant style salsa, blender salsa, restaurant salsa
Servings: 8


  • blender


  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes see post which Rotel tomatoes for proper heat level.
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1/2 to 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 medium onion rough chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  • Drain the juice from the tomatoes into a bowl then reserve the juice. Depending on preference, you may add some of the juice later.
  • Add the cans of diced and Rotel tomatoes to a blender then add the remaining ingredients starting with the minimum amounts of lime juice and sea salt shown in the recipe. NOTE: cilantro leaves and stems can be left whole, but give the onion a rough chop and grate the garlic.
  • Pulse until you reach your desired consistency. If the salsa is still too thick, slowly add the reserved juice from the canned tomatoes a couple of tablespoons at a time. 
  • Taste the salsa on a salted tortilla chip then adjust salt and lime juice to your preferences (I usually use the whole lime). Serve with tortilla chips or on top of your favorite Mexican dishes.