The BEST Salsa Recipe!

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This Restaurant-Style Salsa recipe only takes about 10 minutes to make, it’s easy to customize (to make it extra spicy, smoky or tangy if you’d like), and it’s SO irresistibly delicious.

Chips and the BEST homemade restaurant-style salsa recipe

Happy Dos De Mayo!

Which also means…happy birthday to me!

My birthday feels a little extra-special this year because it also happens to mark exactly one more month until my wedding. (Can’t wait!) But every year, my birthday also happens to conveniently fall on the week of Cinco De Mayo, which I must say I couldn’t have planned better myself. Mexican food on my birthday for life! (Literally!)

Last year for my birthday, I had all of my friends over for an epic chips-and-salsa-a-thon, which was downright dreamy. Instead of cooking, Barclay and I drove around town all afternoon and picked up a dozen or so different salsas from our favorite Mexican restaurants. And then we whipped up an enormous batch of my classic margaritas, opened up a zillion bags of chips, and had all of our friends over for the most delicious taste test ever. Totally my kind of birthday.

This year’s plans are TBD, thanks to my sweet fiancé who knows how much I love a good surprise. But I did go ahead and whip up a batch of this salsa recipe to have on hand for my bday and Cinco De Mayo this week, which I’ve already been putting to good use. And hey — since I don’t eat many sweets or crave a traditional birthday cake anymore — this seemed like my kind of birthday treat recipe to share on the blog today. ?

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Alright, so about this salsa recipe!

The BEST homemade restaurant-style salsa recipe

It’s actually one that I shared on the blog a few years ago. But — like many of the recipes around here lately while I’ve been busy with wedding planning — it’s one that I recently re-photographed and updated to share with those of you who might have missed it the first time around, because I’m convinced that everyone needs this recipe in their lives.

Seriously, it’s been my go-to homemade salsa recipe for years. And for someone who makes homemade salsa nearly once a week, that’s sayin’ something.

Restaurant-Style Salsa Ingredient in Food Processor

But the best part? It’s incredibly quick and easy to make! Also, since it uses canned fire-roasted tomatoes (gotta use the fire-roasted), it’s a really accessible recipe to make year-round, even beyond your regional tomato season.

To make it, simply toss all of your ingredients together in a food processor or blender…

Blended homemade salsa

…puree until the salsa reaches your desired texture…

Chips and homemade restaurant-style salsa

…then taste and season as needed.

If you’d like a smokier salsa, I strongly recommend adding in a chipotle pepper or two in adobo sauce. If you’d like a spicier salsa, you can add in an extra jalapeño (or just add in the seeds from the original one). If you’d like a tangier salsa, you can’t go wrong with extra lime juice in my opinion. And as always, don’t be afraid to add in extra salt to kick up the flavor if needed!

Then, once your salsa is all seasoned and ready to go, partay like it’s yo birthday and DIVE IN.

Seriously, I’ve made this recipe probably hundreds of times, and still never grow tired of it. So if you need some chips and salsa in your life this week — as I believe everyone always does — I can’t recommend it enough.

Enjoy, amigos!


The BEST Salsa Recipe!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 4 cups 1x


This restaurant-style salsa recipe is easy to make, and full of amazing fresh flavor.



  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fire-roasted tomatoes, drained if you like a thicker salsa
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 bunch (about 2 cups loosely-packed) fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 jalapeno, stem removed (and seeded, if you want less heat)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth, or your desired consistency is reached. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  2. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.


Optional modifications:

  • If you want it extra spicy, add in the entire jalapeño with seeds, or even add in two jalapeños.  (Or if you want it less spicy, you can leave out the jalapeño seeds, or omit the jalapeño entirely.)
  • If you want it extra smoky, add in 1-2 chipotles in adobo sauce.
  • If you want it extra fresh and tangy, add in extra lime juice.

The BEST homemade salsa recipe

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227 comments on “The BEST Salsa Recipe!”

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  2. 5 stars
    My husband loves this salsa so much! He heaps praise on me non-stop whenever I make it. I’ve started making large batches and canning them so that we always have it on hand. Thank you!

    • I’m learning how to can and I’m into interested in hearing how you do it. Do you mind sharing?

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  4. 5 stars
    I made this salsa recipe last night and oh my gosh it’s so good! It was my first time making homemade salsa. Such an easy and delicious recipe. My husband loved it so much, he almost ate an entire bag of tortilla chips with it! Thank you Ali for this recipe!!

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  6. 4 stars
    Always a hit cuz! Ryan

  7. 5 stars
    My first try at salsa. This was so easy. My husband, whose mom makes homemade salsa all the time, is very picky. He loved this and congratulated me on a yummy successful salsa. Thanks!!

  8. 5 stars
    Holy moly this is SO good…never buying salsa again!

  9. Just made this salsa last night, we had a taco party and made your Mexican shredded chicken, as well as your classic margaritas! Everything was a major hit, especially the margs! I will definitely be making all three of these things again and again, thanks so much for inspiring such a fun and tasty night for my friends and I!

  10. 5 stars
    I have made a lot of salsa…fresh home grown tomatoes. BUT this is easy taste better goes faster does not need to meld floors overnite. It is the best. Trust me…i am a salsa queen …now the king.

  11. 5 stars
    I’m a bit of a salsa snob, and so is my husband. This is a fantastic recipe IMO. I made it with the addition of lime juice. Seriously, perfect! This won’t last long in my house. In fact, I made a batch today for dinner and put a note on it “For Dinner” because I know my teenage daughter will get into and it will be gone!

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  14. 5 stars
    Really great recipe, didn’t add the lime juice as I like a thick salsa but did thoroughly drain the tomatoes, thanks for a fantastic salsa recipe I have been looking for a great one for a long time. Well done

  15. 5 stars
    Wow! This was delicious and super easy!! The best flavors!!! I didn’t pulse in a food processor because I like chunky but the recipe was PERFECT! I should
    Have doubled it!!

  16. Can this salsa be frozen?

  17. Can anyone please explain to me how to can this. Great recipe and would like to stock up on this. Thank you in advance for your help.

  18. 5 stars
    Loved all of the dishes and salsas

  19. Delish!!!! And soo easy to make. I wanted a smaller portion and I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand so I made a few substitutions.. I roasted 3 tomatoes with a few red chili pepper flakes, replaced fresh garlic with roasted garlic and added smoked paprika and smoked chipotle chili paste. Yummy!! Thanks for this recipe.

  20. Just made this for Christmas – wife scored it a 10/10! Added two chipotle’s in adobo and lime juice just like you suggested. Definitely saving this recipe. Thanks!

  21. AMAZING RECIPE!! Living in NM everyone has a salsa recipe and stores have hundreds of options. I’ve made this twice in the last 2 weeks and love the ingredients and ability to customize the heat. I skip the jalapeno and add 2-3 chipotles in adobo and the heat is subtle and perfect. Thank u so much!!

  22. Question: You say to add ‘extra lime juice’ but I don’t see anywhere in the recipe where you ask for lime juice. Is it really extra or is it some?

  23. What if I do n’t have food processor. Can I use a blender?

    • I used a blender and it worked fine, but you won’t have a “chunky” salsa.

  24. Just made this and it is delicious! Thank you for all the great recipes – they always work perfectly and taste great!

  25. This is my all time favorite salsa recipe!! I’ve been making it for years and have gotten tons of compliments. Bonus: anytime I’m under the weather, I’ll make a batch EXTRA hot and sweat it out. It’s my cold/flu cure!

  26. My dear wife made this today and OM’God i was on happy tears of ❤️. Its the best thing mouth has tasted since this lockdown happened. Bow down & thank you for sharing this recipe!!!

  27. Hi, awesome salsa. After the recipe you have add ons and you say to make it extra tangy to add more lime juice. But you don’t have lime juice listed in the recipe. How much are we suppose to put?

    • Most salsa recipes I have used say to use 1 Tablespoon of lime juice. You can start there and add more to your liking. Hope this helps!

  28. I omitted the Jalapeno and added two Chipotle Peppers in Adobo and the juice of two limes. I did it in a blender but should’ve used the food processor. Great recipe! Thank you!

  29. We make this salsa of yours all the time and I keep meaning to leave a review. It’s amazing!