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Easy Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa

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.

Serves 8

10m prep time

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  • 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
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until everything is very finely chopped and combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Midwest Foodie Blog.

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