Let me show you how to make my favorite restaurant style salsa in less than 5 minutes using just 5 ingredients! It's so good everyone will be asking you where you bought it from and then be asking you for the recipe!
Salsa is one of those things that I love to add to everything! I use it to top tofu scrambles, tacos, burritos, wraps, chips, and more. And I never buy it premade.
I have a variety of go-to salsas that I make on the regular and this is one of my favorites. I love it because it's not only super easy to make, but tastes just like salsa from a Mexican restaurant.
But the truth is that the inspiration for this restaurant style salsa recipe came from a little diner called Nick's Cafe. The best part about the place for me is their salsa that they serve with everything. It's so simple, but so amazing I can't even put it into words! People just love it!
That all being said, it should be made known that while it's a diner and not a Mexican food restaurant, Nick's is located in Los Angeles where almost 50% of the population is Latino. Most of the employees at Nick's are Latino and with them they share their roots in the food that they make. This salsa is just that! It's the real deal.
So after eating there a few times, I knew that I had to replicate their salsa recipe to share with my clients and friends. And now I'm sharing it with you! It's amazing!
Only 5 ingredients are needed to make this restaurant style salsa!
- Canned Diced Tomatoes- Use a quality brand for the best results.
- Onion- I used brown onion, but any type of onion will work.
- Jalapenos- Serrano pepper can also be used. See the notes below on how to control the spiciness of the salsa.
- Cilantro- Use fresh cilantro for the best flavor.
- Salt- I used sea salt in this recipe.
How To Make Restaurant Style Salsa
Restaurant style salsa is so easy to make that you'll be wondering why you've been buying it all these years!
To make, all you have to do is add all the ingredient to a food processor or blender and pulse them together until they are fully combined, but still a tad chunky. Then taste for salt and season to your liking.
It's that easy! Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes!
How To Store
The salsa will keep in the fridge for up to a week. While it may seem like foods such as homemade salsa will last longer like the kind we buy in the store you have to remember that this recipe does not have any added preservatives. But the good news is that you can also store homemade salsa in the freezer for up to 3 months in an airtight container or freezer bag.
This recipe for restaurant style salsa is amazing because it's...
- As good as restaurant made salsa
- Spicy or mild to your taste
- Quick to make in 5 minutes
- Easy with 5 just ingredients
- Perfect to make ahead for parties
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! I can't how many times I've made this salsa to go with chips at a gathering or to top tacos for a dinner.
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Restaurant Style Salsa (Only 5 Ingredients!)
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained with liquid reserved
- ½ medium brown onion, chopped (any type of onion will work)
- 1 to 2 jalapenos, sliced (see notes below on how to control level of spice)
- 1 cup cilantro, packed into cup (about 1 big handful)
- ½ to ¾ teaspoon sea salt (start with ½ teaspoon)
- Add all the ingredients along with about half of the reserved tomato juice to a food processor or blender and pulse the mixture together until it's combined but still has small chunks. You want to make sure all the ingredients are chopped up well, but not pureed. If the salsa seems too thick just add a little more of the reserved tomato juice. How liquidy you want the salsa is a personal preference.
- Taste the salsa and add more salt if needed.
- Use the salsa on chips, tacos, and burritos. This recipe makes about 2 cups totaling 8- ¼ cup servings.
- The salsa will keep in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
- Mild- omit the jalapenos altogether
- Medium- remove the seeds from the jalapeno and use just one pepper
- Hot- leave the seeds intact and use just one jalapeno
- Extra Hot- leave the seeds intact and use 2 jalapenos