Restaurant Style Salsa

During my summer travels for work, I had some very authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine. I found that most restaurants had this amazing salsa that was not chunky and thick, but thinner and perfect for scooping up with freshly baked tortilla chips. I’ve been eyeing Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Restaurant Style Salsa for some time, so I decided to make a batch of this salsa to enjoy throughout the week. This recipe is awesome and makes a huge batch of salsa. If you don’t like your salsa too spicy, grab two jars of the mild Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies. If you’re like me and like your salsa medium, buy a can of mild and a can of regular or if you like your salsa mouth-watering hot, then buy both jars of the regular Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies. This salsa is easy to make and is perfect for eating throughout the week. Enjoy!


  • 1 can (28 Ounces) whole tomatoes with juice, drained
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies), drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 lime


Note: this is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.

  1. Combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like (about 15 pulses). Season to taste with more salt if necessary.
  2. Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips.

*Slightly adapted from Pioneer Woman


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6 responses to “Restaurant Style Salsa

  1. Great recipe. My guys like salsa. It’s fun to make as long as I’m careful. Allergic to tomato, fresh does me in. The red is gorgeous on yours. Very impressed.

  2. Salsa is always a welcome addition – goes with so many things and always enjoyed – AND is healthy!

  3. I love salsa! I am absolutely excited to try this out. I’ve never attempted to make salsa before and so this should be a great way for me to try 😀

  4. Amy

    Yum! I am making plenty of salsa this time of the year, can’t get enough of it! I will have to try out this recipe!

  5. I love making homemade salsa this time of year! Looks great! 🙂

  6. My husband “collects” salsa recipe, so I am sending this recipe to him. =) We’ll sure be trying this in the near future!

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