You only need five minutes and a blender to make awesome salsa at home.
Restaurant salsa is the best kind of salsa. It’s not something you can really debate, it’s just fact — there’s no competition. So I’m not going to tell you that this restaurant-style salsa is better or tastier or spout off a lot of hyperbole but I will tell you this: It’s a pretty great approximation of restaurant salsa, made right in your own home. You don’t have to chop a single tomato. It comes together entirely in the blender. It’ll only take you five minutes. (Really.)
See, you’re going to use canned tomatoes here. That’s why this is so easy. I know that might sound crazy but the key is to use fire roasted canned tomatoes, and I promise it works. You also need some limes, cilantro, an onion, a jalapeño, a touch of cumin, and some garlic.
You just pop that all in the blender…
… and blend until you’ve reached your favorite consistency. I like it mostly smooth, but you can totally leave it a little chunky.
And that’s it, you made salsa!
It seems easy — almost too easy — but the trick is that using fire-roasted canned tomatoes imparts that restaurant-style flavor without any work from you. It’s a great little shortcut.
This will keep in the fridge for up to six days, which is nice because it makes a pretty big batch, but it also freezes well and should stay fresh in the freezer for up to four months.
Easy Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa
10m prep time
- 2 (15 oz) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 jalapeño, ribs and seeds removed
- 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
- Blend until everything is very finely chopped and combined, about 1 minute.
- Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Midwest Foodie Blog.