Restaurant Style Salsa

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Homemade restaurant style salsa that will MAKE you eat an entire bag of chips. This salsa recipe makes smooth, fresh salsa with the perfect amount of cilantro and lime and just the right amount of kick.

Jar of homemade salsa made from easy salsa recipe

Easy Blender Salsa

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 recipe is the real deal. I love this salsa because it is made in the blender. You dump everything in and blend it up! It only takes about 10 minutes tops to make and it is BETTER than any salsa you can get at a restaurant. This easy blender salsa is the real deal! Our family LOVES it!

Plated chips and homemade salsa made from easy salsa recipe

Homemade Salsa Better than a Restaurant

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 recipe tastes just like the kind of salsa you get at a Mexican restaurant, but better. It is absolutely perfect! This homemade salsa recipe makes salsa that is smooth, fresh, has the perfect amount of cilantro and lime, and a nice kick at the end.

Chip dipped in Restaurant Style Salsa

This is an Easy 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. 🙂

Great Appetizer or Side to Any Mexican Meal

We love starting any Mexican meal with chips and salsa. We also like topping any and all Mexican food with this easy blender salsa. It is the perfect addition to any Mexican recipe. We love adding this salsa to tacos, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, taco salads, taquitos, and MORE! This salsa spices up any meal!

This recipe makes a bit batch of salsa so be prepared to share! It is the perfect salsa to serve at parties. You can also keep it in the refrigerator in an jar or container for up to two weeks. You can also freeze it for up to one month. It is always good to have around!

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Homemade restaurant style salsa that will MAKE you eat an entire bag of chips. It's that good!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes


  • 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.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I can’t wait to try this salsa! Since the tomatoes will be ripening in PA soon, can you tell me about how many whole tomatoes I should use instead of canned? thanks!

  2. Being a native of Tucson, Arizona, and only 60 miles from the Mexico border, you would think that I love and am used to spicy food. Sorry, I’m still a wimp. Mild salsa for me please. lol

  3. Can I make this ahead and can it or does it need to be eaten soon after it is made? I would love to make it for Christmas gifts but I wanted to make sure it would last.

  4. This is nearly identical to the salsa I make, except I don’t add jalapeno as some of my family members find it too hot that way. My niece likes it so much she actually drinks it out of a cup! If I don’t have any fresh tomatoes I leave the salsa whole and chunky. Blended or chunky it’s delicious and without the jalapeno about medium heat.

  5. I live in Tucson AZ so depending on what I’m eating in ratio to the heat of the salsa.Too much heat and all the other flavors get overwhelmed too little and it brings nothing to the party. For chips and salsa medium with a slow burn.

  6. This is a STAPLE recipe in our house. My hubby banned store bought salsa from our house when he tried this 🙂 I skipped the cumin (just didn’t have any handy) and subbed the jalepeno for half a poblano (seeds removed). We tried it the first time and I actually went into the fridge, threw out the cheap store brand salsa, kept and washed the jar (and removed the label) and it is constantly refilled with this simple stuff!

  7. I love my salsa hot , however when I make it myself I try to always make sure that it’s semi mild for others whom may not enjoy spicer salsas . Love this recipe and Thanl you for sharing ! I’m entering the contest as well ! Thank you !

  8. Sorry if this is stated in the recipe – I was probably too busy admiring the delivious pictures!
    About how long would this salsa last? (if you had the willpower to not eat it immediately, that is.)

  9. I can’t stand jarred salsa and have been making Ree’s salsa recipe for some time. Even with de-seeding the jalapeno, the salsa can still be on the hot side. Definitely remove the seeds if you don’t like it hot! I also omit the cumin. Cumin and salsa don’t go together in my book. So delish!

  10. 5 stars
    Good salsa doesn’t last long in my house. Great salsa is gone in a flash! I seem to use the chip as a scoop to spoon the salsa into my mouth. I long ago abandoned the dainty dip and shake move.

  11. 5 stars
    A family favorite! Fast, easy, and delicious. You can customize the heat level by adding another fresh jalapeño, or an extra 4oz can of chopped jalapeños. Highly recommend!

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