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Restaurant Style Salsa


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Today is an exciting day! Ree’s (The Pioneer Woman) NEW cookbook comes out today! I am so excited for Ree and her latest book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier. Ree sent us an advanced copy and we have been loving and drooling over every page. And I am not joking about the drooling part, Caleb has drooled on several pages of the book. I think he is ready for solid food, well at least Ree’s cooking:) To celebrate The Pioneer Woman’s new book we made her Restaurant Style Salsa. We are huge chips and salsa fans and Ree’s salsa is the real deal.

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What is the best part of going out to a Mexican restaurant? The chips and salsa, right? I always fill up on chips and salsa and have a hard time eating my meal. You think I would learn, but it happens every time. The truth is, I really don’t care, because I LOVE chips and salsa! Ree’s Restaurant Style Salsa tastes just like the kind of salsa you get at a Mexican restaurant, but better. It is absolutely perfect! The salsa is smooth, fresh, has the perfect amount of cilantro and lime, and a nice kick at the end.

Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe

The recipe is super easy to make. You blend everything together in a blender or food processor. We used our Blendtec blender and it filled it to the top, so make sure you use a large blender or food processor. I thought we were going to have way too much salsa, but it didn’t last long. It is addicting! I am so glad we don’t have to go out to a Mexican restaurant to get our salsa fix anymore. We will save money and I can eat in my stretchy pants-trust me, you will need them after eating an entire bag of chips and bowl of salsa. :)

You can find Ree’s Restaurant Style Salsa recipe in The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier, along with lots and lots of other delicious recipes. We can’t wait to cook and bake our way through the book. And in Ree fashion, every recipe includes gorgeous step-by-step photos! The book is a complete gem from cover to cover. Congratulations Ree on your new book!

Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe

Restaurant Style Salsa

Yield: Serves 12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Homemade restaurant style salsa that will MAKE you eat an entire bag of chips. It's that good!


1 can (28 Ounce) whole tomatoes with juice
2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced tomatoes And green chilies)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 whole jalapeño, quartered And sliced thin
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup fresh cilantro (more To taste)
1/2 whole lime, juiced


1. In a large food processor or blender, combine whole tomatoes, Rotel tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you'd like. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

2. Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond

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4,909 Responses to “Restaurant Style Salsa”

  1. Karen Figley — January 2, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    Mild to medium-the hubs makes salsa fresh from the garden-so good!

  2. Diane Marston — January 3, 2013 @ 4:06 am

    I like my salsa medium hot and can’t wait to try Ree’s recipe! If I don’t win her new cookbook, I plan to buy it!

  3. cathy derby — January 3, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    salsa looks easy enough even for me :)

  4. Nic — January 13, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    This seems really processed, authentic Mexican restaurant don’t use Rotel! Look for a actual salsa reciepe and its just as if not easier to make. No canned items, just chopping to tomatoes!

  5. Michelle — January 13, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    I prefer Hot salsa it’s the best!!

  6. Carol Bierbaum — January 27, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    Medium …..I like to feel my tongue and savor the taste

  7. Frances Quigley — January 27, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    I love hot salsa. Can hardly wait to taste your salsa.

  8. Sharon — January 28, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    I like mine medium

  9. Linda — January 28, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    My salsa is mild.

  10. Aimee — January 28, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    Is there a calorie count for this in the book?

  11. Nikki — January 29, 2013 @ 7:27 pm


  12. Brenda Langis — January 29, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    I am a fan of mild salsa. I like for the group to add in their favorite heat so nobody is excluded in the chips and salsa party ! I will be making your salsa this weekend. THINK SPRING !

  13. Pam Ullman — January 29, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    I love salsa period.. mild – medium and hot – I also love Ree and Pioneer Woman. It is my favorite show :)

  14. Linda — January 30, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    I like mine medium!

  15. Tracy — January 31, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Medium! Can’t wait to try this one. I’ve been obsessed with salsa lately and want to make all kinds.

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  17. Sarah Haley — February 2, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Medium…and I have loved making everything I have tried from Ree!

  18. Lorraine — February 11, 2013 @ 12:07 am

    Medium for me; scorching for my husband.

  19. Kathy Walker — February 15, 2013 @ 10:47 pm


  20. catherine Gardner — February 16, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    I’m a mild salsa lover. . . both the dance and the tomato kinds. Everything mild, tepid and subtle. Your salsa looks delicious!

  21. Gail — February 18, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Love it medium!

  22. Debbie — February 27, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    love, love it hot!!!

  23. Renee Allen — March 1, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    I prefer medium salsa! I have enjoyed The Pioneer Women’s recipes several times and if I do not win her cookbook here, will definately be puchasing my own!! Thanks so much for great cooking!!

  24. amanda — March 1, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    I love my salsa medium-hot!!

  25. Dionne Spaw — March 1, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    Medium…the perfect balance between mild & hot!

  26. Lori — March 2, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    Medium is usually good to start with, I can always add more heat if needed!

  27. Katie — March 4, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    I love medium salsa! If only chips were calorie free…

  28. Mary Qualls — March 7, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    I love medium salsa!!!

  29. laura foster — March 7, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    I like hot salsa.

  30. Pamela Fraim — March 12, 2013 @ 4:53 am

    I LOVE LOVE Hot salsa <3 :)

  31. Alli — March 12, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    Sometimes you feel like a medium-hot..Nut! Sometimes you don’t…never.

  32. Lydia — March 13, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    I like medium salsa!!

  33. Laura — March 15, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    Medium or mild w/ a small scoop of hot mixed in.

  34. Victoria Winters — March 17, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    medium heat but if there is no choice, any will do

  35. Sheila — March 18, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    Medium!!!! Would love to win a signed book!!!! I love to watch her show!!!!

  36. Jamie Jones — March 21, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    Medium…love some kick

  37. Debi Martinez — March 22, 2013 @ 2:10 am

    The hotter the better!! Love the smoothness of this salsa… Definitely my preference!! YUMMY!!!!

  38. Tanya — March 26, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    How long will this salsa last before going bad? Can it be frozen or canned?

  39. Mathew R — April 2, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    Made this and all I can say is WOW! Great flavor and so easy to make! I added an extra Jalapeno with some seeds to boot! Gave it a nice kick that was not too overwhelming. Did not overprocess and left it a little chunky. Love being able to see the fresh veggies and tasting every ingredient on its own. I was a little worried it was all not going to fit in my 9 cup food processor, but it handled it with ease. Might be a little wary of a 7 cup though… All in all, great recipe that you can whip up in a mere matter of minutes. Thank You!

  40. Debbie — April 12, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I made this yesterday and we love it! BUT, we like it hot. I used the hot habanero Rotel, two large jalapeños, and even added a couple fresh habaneros. No more buying salsa for me because my son eats it daily! Very easy!

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