Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Restaurant Style Salsa

This stuff is easy to make and you can make it year round since it doesn't rely on expensive supermarket tomatoes or while you wait for your garden to grow. We're planting more tomatoes in our garden this year. But as I await my garden fresh tomatoes to come into fruition, I can still make a really great salsa. We're salsa people. Heck, who isn't?  It's great with chips but also really tasty with all of your Mexican favorites and burgers too. 
It has a nice, smooth flavor and consistency that won't drown out the flavor of whatever other food you eat it with. And it whips up in an instant. I think this salsa tastes a lot like the salsa they serve at Chili's restaurants.  And the good thing about salsa is you can make it as mild or as spicy as you like it. I make it more on the mild side so our son (and my acid reflux) won't complain, but please feel free to put the whole jalapeno in there if you like.
1 (15oz.) can tomatoes and green chiles (Rotel)
1 (15 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes (don't drain juices)
1/2 jalapeno,  cut into chunks
1/2 yellow onion, cut into chunks
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon sugar

sugar and salt not pictured

This is easiest in a food processor but you can use a blender too. 
Place jalapeno and onion in the food processor.
Process it for a few seconds. .
Add in the rest of the ingredients.
 Process all ingredients for just a few more seconds, keeping it slightly chunky (not a puree).
Put into a bowl with a lid (I like to put mine in mason jars) and chill in the fridge for several 
hours (overnight is even better). 
This step is really important because this is a salsa that just gets so much better over time. After a few hours, the flavors really blend and the flavor is enhanced. Trust me, it makes a big difference in the taste.


  1. Those Ro-tel's are amazing! This is great quick homemade salsa! I'm happy you are getting recipes from Grandma for Easter!

  2. Super simple always catches my eye. And, you're right, who doesn't like salsa?


  3. I adore salsa and I like it even better when I get to make it homemade! I am such a sucker for salsa...I eat it on eggs, burgers, chips, breakfast burritos (or regular ones haha)...anything really haha ;-)

  4. Delicious! I make a similar one with 1/2 a bunch cilantro and lime.

  5. I love how simple this recipe is. I like it on the mild side too (and so do my kids) so this sounds great. I'd probably add some cilantro ot it and then squeeze some lime juice on top...that's what I learned from my favorite little hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant near my house.
    Thanks for sharing this...anxious to buy the ingredients to make it!

  6. I've never made my own salsa because it seems like too much work. This recipe sounds simple and easy! I'll have to try it : )

  7. I LOVE blender salsa! I make mine all the time and never get tired of it :)

  8. I think cilantro and lime would be a wonderful addition to this! I'm slowly working on my hubby to get him to enjoy cilantro. It took me years just to get him to eat salsa! LOL

  9. Chips and salsa are such a great snack anytime.

  10. A nice simple salsa is one of my favorites! :-)

  11. absolutely delicious!! gloria

  12. Brandie,
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  13. Oh, yum! We all love salsa here! I love the idea of using Rotel...as there's such a short time when we get decent tomatoes here. Excellent recipe~

  14. I LOVE IT!!! Finally a salsa recipe that doesn't have Cilantro in it!!!!!! *Happy Dance!!* I rarely get good salsa anymore since I can't eat cilantro, can't wait to try this ASAP!!!

  15. Love, love, love salsa! I can my own, but this could be a nice change for those times that I'm out - like now!

  16. Trust me add the cilantro and lime,it adds a nice freshness. My husband has me make a batch every week...lol

  17. I eat salsa on just about everything and home made is always better! Your recipe sounds great! I'm definitely going to try it

  18. You are right that is easy. I tend to like mine a little spicier though, it would be really easy to kick this one up. Hope you are having a great week.

  19. Salsa and chips are my favorite snack- this looks delicious! :)

  20. Brandie- I have been looking for an easy quick throw together salsa recipe forever and I think this one sounds absolutely delish! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog the other day. Can't wait to try this. Bookmarked!

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  22. Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best!

  23. i'm so mad i found this too late!
    the other day i was craving salsa and we had NONE, but we do have all of the ingredients to make this!
    it looks delicious!

  24. I have a slight love affair with salsa and this looks delicious!

  25. I just found your blog and I love it. I want to visit often.

  26. oh man! your food makes my mouth water. looks so yummy. thanks for leaving a comment on the dragons fairy tail.


  27. I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I'm glad I did. I love reading your blog. I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this salsa widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about salsa,Thanks!

  28. I made this on Saturday and couldn't wait two hours to try it...it was so good! We had some last night after it was sitting for over 24 hours and it was even better. I've been looking for a good salsa recipe and I've found it! Thanks :)

    Question, how long do you think it stays good?

  29. Hi Jeanne! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know how much you enjoyed it!! So glad you liked it :)
    You can keep it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. To be honest, I've probably stretched it up to a week and a half before without problems.

  30. Super simple and super fresh...we love it! Thanks so much for sharing another winner in today's Round-Up. Be sure and enter it on our website too, if you feel like sharing. :)

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  31. YUM-O!!! Will make your recipe and serve it on our "Salsa" bowl. lol - Thank you, sweet Brandie. ♥♥♥

  32. Hi there! Was just making this and see you noted not to drain the tomatoes, but what about the Rotel chilis? I questioned it beforehand, but dumped it all in anyway. Now, this seems really thin. Lynn

  33. That looks super good, and super easy!

  34. Just wondering--Can you process this in jars to can, or could you freeze it to keep for later? I am wanting a recipe to use for making a large quantity to put for winter.

    1. Yes...I would like to know if you fan freeze it also

  35. My husband made it tonight and it was very good! Thank you, Brandie!

  36. It seems I missed a comment or two on here - so sorry! First of all - this is a thinner type salsa. I don't drain any of the cans. This salsa was inspired by the one at Chili's restaurant. If you want a thicker salsa, then by all means, please drain the cans or just one of the cans.
    This can be canned and stored up for later. It has about a 6 month shelf life if canned properly. I haven't actually tried freezing it but I don't see why it wouldn't hold up well in the freezer. If anyone has tried freezing it - please let me know!
    Snowmanlover - thank you for letting me know how it turned out for you. So happy you enjoyed it!

  37. I make this salsa to have along with your chicken enchiladas :) My fiance loves both recipes and says that the salsa is some of the best. We will not be buying jars of salsa anymore because this is so easy to make and delicious. Can't thank you enough!

  38. This is very close to the salsa i make but i add two cans of rotel the juice of one lime and fresh cilantro ,,, the lime makes it have a great taste ,, i get great feed back from family members and freinds when when ever i take this places or make it and share with my sister and cousin there salsa lovers too....

  39. There is really no reason to worry about how long it can be stored in my house. It never lasts more than a couple of days. It is delicious and addictive and whenever I make it I wander why I ever buy salsa premade. I like to add chopped cilantro to it. Just a little though. This is very good and the taste is much fresher than store bought salsa.

  40. I can't wait to try this. I have to watch my salt so I can adjust for me. I love how simple it sounds. I love salsa. I think I will leave mine a little chunky. Thanks so much.

  41. I'm on a salsa kick right now and have tried 2 other recipes I've found. I do like the addition of cilantro and lime in mine so I'll try this adding them. Thanks!! Pinning it!!


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